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Alternatives for Doran rail crossing considered

Officials: Overpass is necessary to improve traffic safety in the area.

February 07, 2014|By Brittany Levine, brittany.levine@latimes.com
  • A rendering of the Doran Overpass
A rendering of the Doran Overpass (Courtesy of Arellano…)

Los Angeles County transportation officials presented several alternatives this week for a new overpass and other road work in the San Fernando Corridor that would pave the way for the closure of one of the most dangerous street-level crossings in the area and prepare for the planned California High-Speed Rail.

The authority that oversees the development of the bullet train, which is expected to run from San Francisco to Los Angeles in less than three hours by 2029, is slated to contribute funding to the overpass project, which doesn’t have a price tag yet.

The partnership is a way to “get more bang for our taxpayers buck,” Dan Sepulveda, project manager at the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority, said at a public meeting in Atwater on Thursday night.

All traffic crossings along the high-speed route will be required to have a flyover for safety, said Pat Somerville, project manager with HNTB, a Metro consultant.

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But even if the controversial high-speed rail — which is expected to be at the same level as the current tracks along San Fernando Road — wasn’t part of the picture, transportation officials said an overpass is necessary to improve traffic safety in the area.

“Regardless if high-speed rail comes or not, there is the problem today,” Somerville said.

The four alternatives include:

- Building a flyover over Doran Street that loops around Commercial Street on the Glendale side of the tracks.

- Extending Doran Street on the Los Angeles side to travel north underneath the Ventura (134) Freeway and connect with Fairmont Avenue as well as an overpass that would extend from California Street to the intersection of Exchange and Sperry streets on the Los Angeles side.

- Extending Doran Street to Fairmont Avenue beneath the freeway and building an overpass to the Los Angeles side of San Fernando Road at a spot between Salem Street and Wilson Avenue.

- Extending Doran Street to Fairmont Avenue beneath the freeway and building an overpass at a point between Salem Street and Wilson Avenue that also connects to Brazil Street on the Los Angeles side.

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