El Monte has begun acquiring properties to clear the way for a $9-million railroad underpass beneath Peck Road just north of the San Bernardino Freeway. The City Council last week agreed to pay $234,000 for an auto transmission repair shop at 3467 Peck Road. Public Works Director Bob Pinniger said the city already has purchased a Mark C. Bloome tire store and will buy another seven properties within the next 120 days.
Property acquisition will cost the city about $3 million, Pinniger said, adding that the underpass is needed because there have been a number of fatal accidents at the intersection. Construction is scheduled for completion in October.