LOWELL, Mass. and TULARE, Calif. - [Feb. 10, 2017] - TRC Companies Inc., a recognized leader in engineering, environmental consulting and construction-management services, today announced that its work to upgrade the Santa Fe Trail Rail Crossing in Tulare, California, has been recognized as a Best Project by the Tulare County Association of Governments (TCAG) as part of its 6th Annual Local Motion Awards.
The project created a new, grade-separated crossing for the bicycle/pedestrian Santa Fe Trail, maintained by the city parks department, over the Union Pacific Railroad tracks between the highly trafficked Cross and San Joaquin Avenues. In addition to improving safety, the new crossing has improved connections between neighborhoods on either side of the tracks and has encouraged additional economic development in the area.
“As Tulare grew up around the Union Pacific tracks, it became a challenge for residents to access goods and services that became bifurcated by the railroad,” said Mark Imbriani, TRC Vice President and Project Manager. “The improvements we made to the crossing have dramatically bridged that divide and made the trail more attractive and useful, which really gets to the heart of what we do: make communities all across America, like Tulare, better places to live, one project at a time.”
TRC prepared the structure design plans, specifications and an estimate for the overpass structure and approach ramping structures, and performed bidding and construction assistance as well. TRC also secured a Construction, Maintenance and Use Agreement from Union Pacific, access rights on Union Pacific property, authorization to construct from the California Public Utilities Commission, and prepared the required baseline agreements and progress reports to the California Transportation Commission as the project proceeded.
Groundbreaking for the project was in February 2015, and the new crossing opened for public use in July 2016. It was funded by a combination of Local Sales Tax Measure ‘R’ and State Proposition 1B Highway-Railway Crossing Safety Account funds.
TCAG’s 6th Annual Local Motion Awards ceremony is one of a yearly event that recognizes the projects, citizens, public officials and plans that have contributed to the improvement of mobility and the transportation system in in Tulare County, California.