The Hazard Elimination Safety grant program awards $16 million annually for safety at railroad crossings, roadways, and bicycle and pedestrian crossings. In March, officials applied for the grant. In September, Caltrans awarded the city $360,000. “We support all of the actions of the Burbank City Council to improve that railroad crossing or any railroad crossing for that matter, said Denise Tyrrell, Metrolink spokeswoman. “The Buena Vista crossing is a very busy area so improvements to that grade crossing is a terrific idea.” Jason Kandel, (818) 546-3306 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! BURBANK – Some $450,000 in changes will be made at two railroad crossings to make them safer for vehicles and pedestrians. A new traffic signal, no-turn signs, a raised median, railroad crossing gates, and another right-turn lane are among the plans to be made at Buena Vista Street and San Fernando Boulevard, and at Buena Vista and Vanowen streets. “The improvements are intended to prevent drivers from circumventing the crossing gates,” said Ken Johnson, a Burbank traffic engineer. “We expect these improvements to be just as effective here as in other locations in Southern California.” Construction will begin within a year, and could be completed a few months later, Johnson said. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREWalnut’s Malik Khouzam voted Southern California Boys Athlete of the Week The plan was adopted Tuesday night by the City Council. Officials say they are putting in these safety improvements at these crossings because of a heavy mix of vehicles and trains. Up to 26 trains a day cross at Buena Vista and San Fernando. Officials have recorded four crashes there in the past decade. A 2003 crash at Buena Vista and San Fernando left two people dead and injured 32 others. A flashing red turn arrow was to blame for confusing a truck driver who crossed into the path of a Metrolink train, officials said. The city will put up $90,000 for the project with $360,000 coming from a Hazard Elimination Safety grant by the state Department of Transportation.
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