San Bruno Grade Sep Project to Require Short Term Street Closures
September 6, 2013
During September, two streets in the City of San Bruno will be closed to accommodate work on the San Bruno Grade Separation Project.
During these closures the streets will be lowered to increase the vehicular clearance under the crossings. Once completed, the clearance at the intersections will be approximately 15 feet.
• San Mateo Avenue, between Huntington and San Bruno avenues, will be closed from 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6, until 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 9.
• San Bruno Avenue, between First and Huntington avenues, will be closed on two separate occasions. The first portion of the work will require partial closure of the street from 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 13, until 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 16. The second portion will completely shut down San Bruno Avenue at Huntington Avenue. That closure is scheduled for 8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 20, until 5 a.m. Monday, Sept. 30.
During the closures, Caltrain will establish detour signs for pedestrians and motorists to help with traffic flow. During the full shutdown of San Bruno Avenue, electronic signs will be displayed on San Bruno Avenue and on El Camino Real directing traffic around the closure. Night work will be done in accordance with Caltrain and city agreements and ordinances, and all closures have been coordinated with emergency services.
The grade separation is a $155 million project that will dramatically improve safety in downtown San Bruno by elevating the train tracks over San Bruno, San Mateo and Angus avenues.
San Bruno’s grade separation project is funded by $92.5 million in sales tax revenues from Measure A, a voter-approved half-cent sales tax for transit and transportation projects in San Mateo County. Those Measure A dollars were leveraged to attract $55.9 million in state funds and $6.6 million in federal funds. Fifteen percent of all the funds collected under the reauthorized measure (approved by voters in 2004) are allocated to Caltrain grade separation projects.
About Caltrain: Owned and operated by the Peninsula Corridor Joint Powers Board, Caltrain provides commuter rail service from San Francisco to San Jose, with limited commute service to Gilroy. Caltrain has enjoyed 28 consecutive months of ridership increases, surpassing more than 50,000 average weekday riders earlier this year. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad will celebrate 150 years of continuous passenger service in 2014. Planning for the next 150 years of Peninsula rail service, Caltrain is on pace to electrify the corridor by 2019, reducing diesel emissions by 90 percent and adding more service to more stations.