safety and the need for a positive learning environment, Alameda Corridor
Transportation Authority (ACTA) officials today joined officials from the Los
Angeles Unified School District to celebrate the completion of a sound wall at
Ritter Elementary School.
Built by ACTA contractors, the sound wall insulates
students and teachers from traffic on Alameda Street and railroad cars on tracks
adjacent to the Alameda Corridor rail cargo expressway.
The sound wall is more than 10 feet tall and 400 feet long.
It stretches from 111th Street to Santa Ana Boulevard,
separating the rear of the school from Alameda Street.
“This sound wall allows our students to focus on what
they are learning,” Principal Mary I. Stallings said. “I thank ACTA for partnering with us to help improve the
At the sound wall dedication event, school officials
kicked off a program that challenges students to read 25 books by June 30, 2002.
ACTA officials distributed pencils with the slogan: “Education:
Corridor to Success.”
ACTA officials also emphasized safety.
The agency has distributed pencils, rulers and other materials at area
schools, reminding students to avoid construction zones, obey warning signs, and
stay alert. For example,
pedestrians should never walk around lowered railroad crossing arms.
“We are doing everything we can to ensure the safety of
students and other residents of corridor communities while helping to provide an
environment fit for learning,” ACTA Chief Executive Officer James C. Hankla
said. “Child safety always comes first.”
The dedication event, staged on the school’s
playground, was attended by students as well as officials from ACTA and the Los
Angeles Unified School District.
ACTA, a partnership between the cities and ports of Long
Beach and Los Angeles, is building a 20-mile rail cargo expressway between the
ports and the transcontinental rail yards near downtown Los Angeles.
The project will improve the flow of goods through the ports and reduce
traffic congestion by consolidating rail lines and eliminating traffic conflicts
at more than 200 street-level railroad crossings.
The project also re-connects communities by replacing at-grade rail
crossings with grade-separated bridges.
addition to the sound wall at Ritter Elementary, ACTA had previously completed
sound walls at Compton Unified’s Frances Willard Elementary School and
Tamarind Preschool and along a residential neighborhood in South Gate between
Southern Avenue and Tweedy Boulevard east of the Alameda Corridor.
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