$467,420 approved for safety enhancements to railroad grade crossing near Cutting and Carlson

Nighttime closures for Cutting/Carlson intersection on Monday and Tuesday

Safety improvements are coming soon to the railroad grade crossing near the intersection of Cutting Boulevard and Carlson Boulevard, which the California Public Utilities Commission has reportedly called one of the most dangerous in the state.

On Tuesday, City Council adopted a resolution authorizing the city to enter into a $467,420 contract with Richmond-based Ghilotti Bros. to install safety enhancements on the north side of the grade crossing.

The city is meanwhile looking to identify funds for planned improvements on the south side, which is considered phase two of the project.

The intersection will be re-configured with the aim of making it safer for pedestrians and drivers. Among the improvements, a concrete median barrier will be installed and a new sidewalk will be constructed along with curb ramps and other amenities.

Construction is expected begin around Sept. 1  and end around about the middle of October, according to city officials.