Broward gets $15M grant for rail crossing improvements

POMPANO BEACH, Fla. – Broward County is getting $15 million in federal grant money in order to make safety improvements at nearly two dozen railroad crossings.

Twenty-one crossings in total will be upgraded to what officials are calling the “highest level” of safety.

Officials celebrated receiving the money with a ribbon-cutting in Pompano Beach Monday morning.

“This is extremely exciting, where we have $15.4 million coming into our district going toward railroad safety, especially after the accident we saw last night, but also for our seniors,” U.S. Rep. Sheila Cherfilus-McCormick, D-Florida, said.

The celebration also recognized The Broward Metropolitan Planning Organization and the completion of its TIGER grant, which built pedestrian and bike-friendly facilities throughout the county.

Pompano Beach also hailed its new $5.8 million state-of-the-art Senior Activity Center with a ribbon cutting.

Area leaders said there will be more ribbon-cuttings to come.

“We’ve been fighting every day to make sure all the dollars come into our district, especially cities like Pompano,” Cherfilus-McCormick said.

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