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Federal funding will pay for major street upgrades in Riverside

Federal grant will help fund Riverside grade separation

Riverside is slated to receive $15 million in federal funding that will pay for part of a grade separation at the intersection of Third Street and the BNSF railroad tracks.

When completed, the project will make the area safer for trains, vehicles, and pedestrians as well as eliminate traffic delays, according to a statement on the city’s website.

“This grade separation project will create a safer and more convenient path of travel for everyone,” Mayor Patricia Lock Dawson said. “Congratulations and thanks are in order for the city team that secured these funds in partnership with our federal representatives.”

The $74 million project in northwest downtown will include the construction of a four-lane underpass, realignment of three BNSF tracks, and rerouting Commerce Street to create better traffic circulation.

The BNSF mainline accommodates 66 freight trains and 20 Amtrak and commuter trains, according to the statement.

 

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