Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Valley View Grade Separation Project Getting off the Ground


Caltrans, BNSF Railway, and the cities of Santa Fe Springs and La Mirada  announced a $65 million rail and city street project to construct a grade separation within a 15-mile rail corridor expansion project at a groundbreaking ceremony today.

The grade separation project at the intersection of Valley View Avenue and the BNSF mainline track is part of a larger $163 million, 15-mile track expansion between the cities of Commerce and Fullerton, known as the Triple Track Project, which lays an additional third track next to two existing lines.

"This grade separation project represents a significant transportation improvement for the cities of Santa Fe Springs and La Mirada," said Caltrans District 7 Director Mike Miles. "The project also will improve the movement of intercity passenger and freight rail."

Valley View Avenue is a major regional arterial route carrying 40,000 vehicles a day. Vehicle circulation will be greatly improved as a result of the grade separation.

Construction is expected to begin this summer and complete by fall 2014.