Construction Updates

This page will be updated periodically with information about elements of SMART construction activities that may affect local roadways or neighborhoods. Items are added as they are scheduled by SMART’s contractors and are subject to change. Please visit this page frequently.

To report a construction related problem or to ask a question, call our Project Information Hotline: 855-312-7444.


TRAIN TESTING HAS BEGUN
Train movements for the purpose of testing on board systems and operational requirements. This work will continue until the start of service in late 2016.

  • End of June – End of July, 2015 | Airport Blvd to Sebastopol Road, Santa Rosa: Train movement for system testing.
  • End of July – End of Aug, 2015 | Airport Blvd, Santa Rosa to East Cotati Ave., Cotati: Train movement for signal and system testing. Keep alert for flaggers and/or activated signals at railroad crossings with minor traffic delays.

Please note: this is an active railroad. Freight operates from near Hwy 37 in Novato and northward as far as Windsor. Additionally, SMART trains may run from Airport Boulevard in Santa Rosa to Downtown San Rafael at any time. Always Expect a Train.


Safety is SMART’s highest priority and we are working hard to maximize safety during our construction phase. Please do your part by following detour instructions and staying clear of all construction equipment and activities.

The only safe and legal place to cross the tracks is at designated railroad crossings.  Download our Rail Construction Safety Flyer and share these important safety tips with your entire family!

SMART construction is funded by Measure Q, passed by SMART District voters in 2008, as well as grants from these funding partners:

CURRENTLY SCHEDULED CONSTRUCTION ACTIVITIES:
Note:  Dates and times are current estimates and are subject to change as schedules are subject to weather and permitting conditions.  In general, work will occur in specific sections for a few days at a time, with more extended work periods at bridges.  General construction hours are between 7am and 7pm.  This page is updated weekly.

NEIGHBORHOOD MEETINGS
As part of the ongoing construction project to improve the tracks in preparation for passenger rail service, pre-construction information meetings have been held in a variety of locations along the project corridor in advance of construction
.  Currently, there are no meetings scheduled. Please stay tuned for future meeting announcements.

RIGHT-OF-WAY PREPARATION
Clearing of brush, trees and vegetation to comply with federally-required safety clearances for train operations.

TRACK RECONSTRUCTION
Removal of old track, ties and ballast; installation of new steel rail, concrete ties, ballast and track switches, rebuilding from the sub-grade up.

  • Oct 13, 2014 – End of Aug 2015 | 3rd St. to south of Civic Center Dr. , San Rafael: Track reconstruction. PLEASE NOTE: Ballast will be stockpiled until track construction is complete
  • Mid March to Late Aug, 2015 | Las Gallinas/Walter Place Pedestrian Crossing to Merrydale Road, San Rafael: Track removal, grading, vegetation clearing, tree removal, & track reconstruction.

GRADE CROSSING UPGRADES
Replacement of local road crossings at the track with concrete panels for improved passage by the walking, driving and biking public. 

  • Aug – Oct, 2015 | Intersection Improvements at and between East Washington Ave and East D St, Petaluma: Expect traffic delays, narrowed lanes, closed turning lanes, and modified turning movements in the area during construction. Electronic message boards will be posted in advance of lane closures or traffic delays. If possible, avoid the area and take alternative routes during this time. There will be pedestrian access during construction. Work hours are 7am – 7pm.
    Approximate Schedule
    AugustEast D St Intersection and Hopper Lane
    SeptemberEast D St to East Washington Ave
    OctoberEast Washington Intersection
  • Mid July – Early Aug, 2015 | North San Pedro Road, San Rafael: Sidewalk improvements near railroad crossing
  • Jan – July, 2015 | Roadway medians will be installed/repaired to make railroad crossings “quiet zone ready” at the following locations:
      • Penngrove | Main Street/Woodward Ave

PATHWAY
Bicycle/pedestrian Pathway construction, which links segments constructed by SMART with existing segments and other partner projects to create the SMART Pathway System.

TUNNELS
Improvement of existing railroad tunnel structures.

  • Dec 29, 2014  - Late July, 2015 | Porto Suello Tunnel, San Rafael: Grouting tunnel interior, wall repair and installation of bolts followed by utility installation

BRIDGES
Improvement or replacement of existing railroad bridge structures.

  • Dec 29, 2014  - Oct, 2015 | Haystack Bridge, Petaluma: Grading around piers and abutments, concrete work and foundations, erect bridge, test bridge systems, cut-over to new bridge, removal of old bridge

SYSTEMS INFRASTRUCTURE
Installation of ductbank, conduit, fiber optic and other in-ground elements related to the communications and train control systems, within the SMART right-of-way. In addition, this includes the Operations and Maintenance Facility (OMF).

  • Oct 10 – Mid Aug, 2016 | Mira Monte Marina to Downtown San Rafael: Ductbank installation for fiber optic cable and communications systems – within SMART right-of-way.
  • Nov, 2014 – July 2015 | Operations and Maintenance Facility site, Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa: Utilities, site work, paving, track work, erect building, mechanical/electrical installation, landscape, fence, painting, placing of modulars