The SCRRA proposes the Ventura Subdivision Track and Structures Rehabilitation Project (Track and Structures Project) to multiple locations between MP 426.4 - 436.1, 438.35 - 445.67, and MP 445.8 - 463.0 and Tunnel 26 Rehabilitation between MP 441.19 - 442.59 in SCRRA’s Ventura Subdivision. The total Track and Structures Project cost is $20,800,000 for Track and Structures Rehabilitation and $3,000,000 for
Tunnel 26 Repair and Rehabilitation, all of which is FRA Grant Funded. The proposed action includes the in-kind replacement of 1 highway-rail crossing, 8 turnouts, 5,574 timber ties, 4,057 timber upgrades to concrete ties, 4,050 track feet of fastener upgrades, 9,974 feet of rail, 4 culvert replacements, 4 culvert rehabilitations, 2,000 feet of undercutting 1,200 feet of Right-of-Way (ROW) grading, and tunnel improvements. Rehabilitation of Tunnel 26 will include the in-kind replacement of 1,500 cross ties, to be replaced within the tunnel and at approaches, 7,369 linear feet of ballast replacement, and repairs and upgrades to the drainage and electrical systems. Acquisition of the ROW is not required to deliver the proposed action. All project work is shovel ready and will not require design support. All project components will be replaced in-kind. Construction of the proposed action would occur within an existing, active, and heavily trafficked railroad ROW that hosts commuter, intercity, and freight rail service operated by SCRRA, Amtrak, and Union Pacific, respectively, or under multiple absolute work windows (AWW). An AWW is a temporary track shut down within designated milepost limits. The proposed action is not anticipated to alter the traffic density or operational characteristics of rail services operating through the Track and Structures Project area.
The SCRRA is proposing crossing safety improvements at the Devonshire Street highway-rail at-grade crossing on the SCRRA Ventura subdivision, as shown in Figure 3. The safety improvements would include, but not be limited to, installation of automatic pedestrian warning gates, emergency swing gates, handrail channelization, and median extensions, and rehabilitation of the existing track crossing. The crossing’s design would conform to the latest SCRRA Design Criteria Manual (DCM) and engineering standards, as well as City of Los Angeles roadway design standards and federal and state Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. Relocation of utilities is not anticipated. Identification and coordination with potential impacted utility owners would be evaluated as part of design development. Most of the improvements are anticipated to remain within the existing SCRRA railroad right-of-way, LA Metro, and City of Los Angeles public right-of-way. Property acquisitions may be required at three of the crossing’s four quadrants (i.e., northwest, northeast, and southwest) and at the maintenance access driveway. Potential acquisitions will be further evaluated as part of design development. Negligible expansion of the existing crossing is anticipated.