Caltrain To Begin Elevating Tracks In San Bruno

SAN BRUNO (BCN) — Caltrain officials will be in San Bruno Thursday night to present the public with details about a plan to raise train tracks above several intersections in the city to improve safety and alleviate traffic congestion.

The next phase of the San Bruno Grade Separation Project, which started in May with a rainwater diversion project to keep the construction sites from flooding, will cost an estimated $165 million and is set to begin in October.

“It will be approximately two years of construction,” Caltrain community relations manager Todd McIntyre said.

The project will elevate the tracks above key intersections and busy streets, improving downtown traffic circulation and boosting driver and pedestrian safety, he said.

“Safety is first, and it does improve overall traffic operations,” McIntyre said.

Cars and pedestrians currently cross Caltrain tracks at Angus, San Mateo and San Bruno avenues.

The project includes a new, elevated Caltrain station that will replace the current San Bruno station. It will be located near the intersection of San Bruno and San Mateo avenues.

Lighted pedestrian underpasses, decorative improvements to Posy Park, a 191-space parking lot and a “kiss and ride” drop-off lot are all part of the project.

The tracks themselves will begin to rise somewhere around Sylvan Avenue at the southern end and around Interstate Highway 380 in the north.

The funding for the grade separation will come from the San Mateo County Transportation Authority and the California Public Utilities Commission.

Thursday night’s presentation meeting is being held at Belle Air Elementary School at 450 Third St. at 6:30 p.m.

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