On Friday, April 5, 2013, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) in California, will celebrate one-year construction milestones for the Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project.
Throughout the past 12 months, construction accomplishments on the Berryessa Extension Project include: demolition and site preparation at station areas in Milpitas and San Jose; realignment and restoration of the Upper Penitencia Creek at the future Berryessa Station; relocation of major utilities all along the 10-mile project corridor and in the station areas; the commencement of station roadway and bridge construction; early support work for the elevated track structure at the Berryessa Station site; completion of the BART bridge over Kato Road and all but finishing touches on the Kato Road grade separation.
Rep. Mike Honda (D-CA), said, “The BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project is a shining example of how vision and determination in a community can have immense impact. After a year of construction on this new public transportation option that is creating jobs, spurring the economy and will soon connect Alameda and Santa Clara County, we continue to say ‘thank you’ to the residents who voted to fund this important project.”
The Kato Road Grade Separation Project is the first of 11 grade separations needed to complete the 10-mile BART extension into Santa Clara County. Separating the BART system from automobiles, pedestrians and freight, enhances safety and contributes to the efficiency of BART service.
The remaining finishing work on the Kato Road project includes the installation of safety railings, landscape and irrigation and removal of traffic mitigation measures in nearby intersections. Final project completion is set for early summer 2013.
Construction activities in the second year of construction includes: continuing construction on Mission Boulevard and Warren Avenue in Fremont; utility relocations throughout the project corridor; trenching under Montague Expressway, Capitol Avenue and Dixon landing in Milpitas and Hostetter Road in San Jose and building the elevated structure for the BART tracks in San Jose.