Councilwoman Macias Welcomes U.S. Transportation Secretary Foxx to Visit Nogales Street Railroad Crossing
by Valerie Martinez
April 10, 2014 • 348 views
City Councilwoman Norma Macias, who serves as Chair of the Alameda Corridor-East (ACE) Construction Authority, welcomed U.S. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx to the region during his visit to the Nogales Street highway-rail grade separation project.
“With more than 45,000 vehicles interrupted by nearly 50 trains per day, the Nogales Street crossing is among the most hazardous in California and in the nation,” said Macias. “The Alameda Corridor-East Construction Authority will close this crossing for 24 months to construct a project separating the road from the railroad. We thank Secretary Foxx for making local safety projects a priority and for taking the time to see how we are investing in our local infrastructure.”
Congresswoman Grace Napolitano and Congressman Ed Royce were also present in welcoming Foxx. Napolitano helped arrange the visit, and has been a strong supporter and advocate for ACE. In addition, several members of the ACE board were in attendance, including Montebello Mayor Pro Tem Jack Hadjinian, Alhambra Councilwoman Barbara Messina, San Gabriel Councilwoman Juli Costanzo and El Monte Mayor Pro Tem Bart Patel, who serves as ACE alternate to Macias.
The intersection is located immediately north of State Route 60 in the City of Industry. Once completed in 24 months, the roadway underpass and railroad bridge will eliminate collisions, delays for emergency responders and train horn noise and reduce traffic congestion and vehicle emissions.
“This project could not have been built without $30.8 million in federal funds previously allocated,” Macias continued. “Funding in previous federal transportation bills was critical to the ACE grade separation projects. Funding important freight projects like this is very challenging, and the ACE Construction Authority is highly encouraged by President Obama’s proposed four-year, $10 billion Multimodal Freight Investment Program. We urge Congress to fully consider this proposed program when legislation is released next month.”