Lowering tracks will help lift up the economy in the Phoenix area. That is the claim of U.S. Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao after the U.S. DOT handed Phoenix a $24 million federal grant to lower Union Pacific rail tracks into a trench north of Sky Harbor International Airport.
The 2.3-mile-long trench will make five at-grade crossings obsolete and allow 24th Street, which is a heavily traveled north-south route, to extend over the trench.
The U.S. DOT says the elimination of the at-grade crossing will help the economy and access to local businesses, especially on 24th Street and Air Lane, an east-west road just north of Sky Harbor.
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