The railroad crossing at Doran Street and San Fernando Road has the highest potential for disaster out of 312 crossings, due in large part to of an adjacent propane facility, tanker truck traffic and vehicles that regularly stop on the tracks.

The Doran Street crossing has been a source of tension for the City of Glendale and the City of Los Angeles, with Los Angeles resisting attempts by Glendale to close of the crossing for safety reasons.  Now it appears that a resolution is in the works.  The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) is proposing to spend at least $40 million to build an overpass as part of a project to separate train and vehicle traffic.

There are several options are under consideration:

  • Build a flyover that spans Doran Street and loops around Commercial Street on the Glendale side of the tracks.
  • Extend Doran Street on the L.A. side north under the 134 Freeway to connect with Fairmont Avenue, as well as an overpass that would extend from California Street to Exchange and Sperry streets.
  • Extend Doran Street to Fairmont Avenue beneath the freeway and build an overpass to the Los Angeles side of San Fernando Road between Salem Street and Wilson Avenue.
  • Extend Doran Street to Fairmont Avenue beneath the freeway and build an overpass between Salem Street and Wilson Avenue that also connects to Brazil Street.

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