Construction work to improve safety at three Caltrain grade crossings at Whipple Avenue, Main Street and Broadway in Redwood City began this week.
Crews are installing new pedestrian gate arms, new “KEEP CLEAR” markings to prevent vehicles from stopping on tracks, new guard rails and signage to channel pedestrians toward crosswalks. In addition, new roadway markers and bumps along the crosswalk will be installed so vehicles do not accidentally make a turn onto the tracks.
Construction work will occur on weekdays, in most cases from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. There will be some temporary lane closures to paint markings on the pavement and some temporary sidewalk closures to install yellow tactiles and new sidewalk gates. Work officially began Tuesday, February 13, with the digging of a bore pit near the Main Street crossing.
Work is expected to wrap up by April on Broadway Street, and by the end of July at Main Street and Whipple Avenue. There are no planned impacts to Caltrain service.
Caltrain has worked in cooperation with the city of Redwood City on this safety improvement project.
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 enjoyed more than five years of consecutive monthly ridership increases, surpassing more than 65,000 average weekday riders. While the Joint Powers Board assumed operating responsibilities for the service in 1992, the railroad celebrated 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 system, reduce diesel emissions by 97 percent by 2040 and add more service to more stations.
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