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.

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. 

  • Oct 13-24, 2014 – 3rd, 4th, 5th Streets & Mission Ave., San Rafael: Subgrade preparation.
  • Nov 3-TBD, 2014 – Pacheco St. and Paloma Ave.,San Rafael: Gasline relocation work is being done by PG&E beginning on November 2, 2014.

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 10 – Oct 31, 2014 – South and North of East Cotati Ave., Cotati: Earth work, track shift and track construction of Cotati siding.
  • Oct 9 – Nov 6, 2014 – 4th and 5th Streets., San Rafael: Demo curb and fence.
  • Sept 22 – Late Oct, 2014 – Hamilton Parkway, Novato to Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael: Earthwork and grading and low retaining wall construction.
  • Oct 13- 29, 2014 – 3rd St. to south of Pacheco St., San Rafael: Trim rock slopes at north portal of the Porto Suello Tunnel.
  • Oct 20-31, 2014 – Los Robles, Novato: Construct track and Hamilton Siding.

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

  • November 7-14 – Roblar Drive: Replacement of track at roadway crossing (crossing closed).
  • November 8-9 – Landfill Access Rd (Redwood Landfill): Replacement of track at roadway crossing (crossing closed).

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.

  • July 21 – Oct 31, 2014 – Porto Suello Tunnel, San Rafael: Site prep – install work floor surfaces and lights followed by track removal, and tunnel repair.

BRIDGES
Improvement or replacement of existing railroad bridge structures.

  • Oct 6-30, 2014 – Haystack Bridge, Petaluma: Drill and install concrete piers
  • Sept 5 – Nov 7, 2014 – Gallinas Creek Bridge, San Rafael: Replacement of existing bridge. Will include weekend work.

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).

  • July – Late Oct- Operations and Maintenance Facility site, Airport Blvd., Santa Rosa: Grading, excavating of foundations, underground utilities.
  • Oct 10 – 30, 2014 – Mira Monte Marina to Downtown San Rafael: Ductbank installation for fiber optic cable and communications systems – within SMART right-of-way.