Safety Improvements Coming To San Jose Railroad Crossing

SAN JOSE (KCBS) – Plans to construct a bridge for pedestrians and cyclists over a busy San Jose railroad crossing are moving forward.

That area was the scene of an horrific accident several years ago, claiming the life of a toddler boy.

KCBS’ Mark Seelig Reports:

In November 2007, a woman pushing a stroller with her young daughter inside and holding the hand of a 2-year-old boy she was babysitting attempted to cross the train tracks at Blossom Hill Rd. and Monterey Hwy.

Somehow the boy was left alone momentarily, when he ran into the path of an oncoming train. He was struck and killed.

The area has long been considered a danger for pedestrians and bicyclists.

“We’ve seen people try to cross illegally,” acknowledged Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority spokesperson Brandi Childress. “It’s an unsafe crossing.”

Now, the VTA Board has awarded a construction contract to an Alamo-based company to begin building a bridge to span that intersection.

“It’s 315 ft. long by 12 ft. wide,” explained Childress. “It’s a pre-fabricated structure so it’s going to be pre-made and set, included in the features are also going to be fully accessible ramps.”

Plans are also in the works to build fencing on the street level to discourage track crossings. Construction is expected to begin in February 2011 and be completed sometime the following year.

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  • AlwaysAskWHY

    God! It’s about time!!! Typical of government: Safe crossings at street intersections, railroad crossings like this one… ALL WAIT UNTIL SOMEONE DIES — usually a CHILD. THEN IT STILL TAKES YEARS!

    In this case, little Alexander died, his brother watching, devastating his family… Katrina Hatton’s life was eternally changed by this horrific event. Katrina was the young woman, new mother herself, who was on her way to McDonald’s for a desperately needed job interview, her own baby in a stroller. She was stopped enroute by another young mother and friend, who was, herself, left with the two little boys by their mother, but when she learned she had a mandatory appointment that day, she drove to where Katrina was walking and plead with her to take the boys. The rest is history. Katrina went to jail because the DA, lacking empathy and compassion, didn’t know what else to do. What ensued just perpetuated this tragedy, that COULD HAVE BEEN PREVENTED if the RAILROAD would have installed safe crossings a few years BEFORE when another person was KILLED at another UNSAFE CROSSING further south on this same line.

    This whole incident was a complete and utter FAILURE and the RESULT of both CORPORATE GREED neglecting community SAFETY, and FAILURE of the intelligence and intellectual resources of the DISTRICT ATTORNEY.

    Don’t we all wish we were in the U.K., where TRUTH is the purpose of the judicial system? Here in the U.S. it’s just about WINNING and saving FACE. And, of course, CORPORATE GREED KILLS EVERYTHING.

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