Thursday, August 16, 2012

Caltrain grade separation work continues

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Caltrain on Wednesday said the San Bruno Grade Separation Project, designed to improve safety at three rail crossings in downtown San Bruno, Calif., is nearing the halfway mark, with supports and bridges for the $147 million project now visible.

The project will raise rail right-of-way by 18 feet and lower the road by about four feet at the three crossings. As well., the current station at Sylvan Avenue will be replaced by a new station on the grade separation between San Bruno and San Mateo avenues, Caltrain said. Three pedestrian underpasses also are being installed.

The project is funded by $85.6 million in sales tax revenues from Measure A, a voter-approved half-cent sales tax for transit and transportation projects in San Mateo County, and by $54.8 million in state funds and $6.6 million in federal funds.

Caltrain says it operates 86 trains every weekday through the construction area. Plans call for the trains to cut over to the new, elevated tracks next spring.  The entire project is scheduled to be completed by fall 2013.