Woman Killed in Freeway Overpass Crash

December 30, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A woman was killed Thursday when she lost control of her car and crashed through a metal fence on a Harbor (110) Freeway overpass in downtown Los Angeles, sending the car plummeting upside-down onto the northbound freeway lanes below.

The car landed on its roof amid northbound traffic near Third Street, giving freeway drivers an unexpected fright, but the vehicle is not believed to have struck any vehicles when it landed, officials said. At least two other vehicles were damaged, from striking either the crashed car or debris from the metal overpass fencing that also landed on the roadway.

The crash took place at 3:58 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol. CHP officials said the female motorist was driving north on the 110 Freeway and took the Third Street exit heading west, but she lost control while on the Third Street overpass.

The woman slammed into the metal barricade on the overpass, sending the car through the fence, soaring through the air and landing upside-down on the northbound freeway lanes.

Los Angeles Fire Department crews had to use the “jaws of life” to extricate the 50-year-old woman’s body from the wreckage, according to LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.

No other injuries were reported.

All northbound lanes were temporarily closed at Third Street, butultimately one lane was opened before the entire scene was cleared shortly after 8 a.m., according to the CHP.

Montebello to Decide on Grade Separation Design

February 24, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

Design options for a Union Pacific Railroad grade separation in the southern portion of the city will go before the Montebello City Council Wednesday for a final decision on a project that has been on the shelves since 2000.

JMD, the engineering firm hired by the city, will present the costs and impacts associated with the five alternatives for building railroad crossings in the city.

The alternatives include three underpass (bridge) options on Greenwood, Maple Avenue and on Montebello Boulevard; a small trench; and a quiet corridor (implementing two underpasses and train gates).

The project has been stalled for 14 years over complaints that the Alameda Corridor East Construction Authority’s (ACE) plans do not do enough to alleviate the traffic delays caused by the trains moving through the city.

Created by the San Gabriel Valley Council of Governments, ACE was charged with building grade separations in 20 cities in the region, at the busiest train crossings.

ACE originally allocated $91 million for projects in the city, but city officials, unhappy with the plans, demanded the agency spend $360 million to build a single one-mile trench, which the agency rebuked. The agency had $910 million to build the entire project for the region.

Design alternatives have since been updated and narrowed down to five, ranging in cost from $47 million to $755 million.

The approved option will be submitted to the Alameda Corridor East Construction Authority (ACE) for final approval.

ACE represents 12 cities including Montebello, Pico Rivera and Rosemead and is scheduled  to shut down by 2018. The agency has allocated approximately $60 million or so in federal funds to Montebello to ease the eastside goods movement corridor, and says those funds will disappear soon if no decision is made.

Presentations on the alternatives were conducted for the public between June and October of last year. During the meetings, many business owners and residents voiced their concerns over safety, noise, and property acquisitions related to the alternatives under consideration.

Three alternatives, including the controversial billion-dollar long trench and sealed corridor, were previously eliminated due to design flaws.

The meeting will be held Feb. 25 at 6:30 p.m. at Montebello city hall, located at 1600 W. Beverly Blvd.

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