Thursday, September 27, 2012

SCVTA to begin grade separation, bridge replacement and other safety enhancements

SCVTA to begin grade separation, bridge replacement and other safety enhancements VTA

On Friday, September 28, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority in California will break ground on the Mission/Warren Area Improvements Project (MW Project).

Key features include safety and mobility enhancements in the city of Fremont and infrastructure upgrades to make way for the Bay Area Rapid Transit Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension.

The MW Project will widen Mission Boulevard (State Route 262) to six lanes between Interstate-880 and Warm Springs Boulevard; construct Kato Road on/off ramps to Mission Boulevard; depress Warren Avenue to separate it from Union Pacific tracks and future BART tracks and install two new UP bridges, two BART bridges and one maintenance bridge over both Mission Boulevard and Warren Avenue.

"These important improvements in Fremont will benefit the community by expanding mobility in Alameda County, improving transportation infrastructure and preparing the current railroad corridor for BART Silicon Valley," said Santa Clara County Supervisor and VTA Board Chairman Ken Yeager.

Depressing Warren Avenue underneath both UP and future BART tracks is required to deliver a fully-grade separated BART extension.

This project is a joint effort by the city of Fremont, Alameda County Transportation Commission, Caltrans and VTA. In June 2012, RGW Construction, Inc., was awarded a $45 million construction contract. Total project cost is $151 million, funded by a combination of federal, state and local sources. The MW project received $9.6 million in State Proposition 1B funds. The city of Fremont and both Alameda and Santa Clara Counties will make up 85 percent of the total cost for the Mission/Warren Improvements slated for completion in early 2015.