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Avenue S rail overpass sought

first_imgPALMDALE – Los Angeles County supervisors asked the state Public Utilities Commission to earmark money for building an overpass across the Metrolink tracks for Avenue S, newly widened to four lanes. An overpass would improve safety and traffic flow by separating the road from the trains, for which motorists now must stop several times a day, officials said. “That’s something the city of Palmdale and the county have been working on for some time,” said Norm Hickling, an aide to Supervisor Michael D. Antonovich. Palmdale now has four streets that cross the Metrolink tracks, but none has a bridge. City government, the California Department of Transportation and Metrolink are facing a lawsuit from the family of a 75-year-old woman who died in 2003 when a train slammed into her station wagon as it sat stuck in Palmdale Boulevard traffic. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The problem is that the California Transportation Commission annually distributes a total of $15 million, less than the cost of one bridge, for railroad crossings statewide. Los Angeles County officials in the 1990s were awarded $5 million toward an overpass for Sierra Highway near Avenue P-8, just north of downtown Palmdale. That money has not been spent, and Palmdale officials would like to shift it toward building a crossing, estimated to cost $35 million, at Rancho Vista Boulevard. “The city’s top priority is Rancho Vista Boulevard,” Palmdale Public Works Director Leon Swain said. The supervisors Tuesday asked the state Public Utilities Commission to add the Avenue S crossing and a second crossing for Sierra Highway, south of Palmdale, to its railroad-crossing priority list. The southern Sierra Highway crossing would be built near Barrel Springs Road, which would be rerouted so that both roads crossed the railroad tracks in one undercrossing. “If we can get on the list, we have a better chance of getting some funding. How much money can we get? We have no idea,” said True Pawluk, spokeswoman on county roads. Charles F. Bostwick, (661) 267-5742 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img read more

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