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:

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.

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.

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

  • Nov – Late March, 2014 | 3rd St. to 4th St., San Rafael: Excavation for stemwall foundation followed by concrete pour
  • Early Jan – End of March, 2015 | Porto Suello Tunnel to North San Pedro Rd, San Rafael: Trim rock slopes followed by slope stabilization
  • March 2015 | Mission Ave. to north of Paloma Ave., San Rafael: Fence installed within SMART right-of-way on east and west side of property

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 March 2015 | 3rd St. to south of Civic Center Dr. , San Rafael: Track reconstruction.
  • Early Dec – Late March| Hamilton Station, Novato to Smith Ranch Road, San Rafael: Earthwork and grading and low retaining wall construction followed by track reconstruction
  • Dec 28, 2014 – Late Feb, 2015 | North of Roblar Drive, Novato – Civic Center Drive, San Rafael: Rail sticks transport on SMART Right-of-Way south to Civic Center Drive
  • Mid Jan – End of March, 2015 | 4th to Paloma, San Rafael: Track reconstruction
  • Early to Late March, 2015 | North of Roblar Rd to Vintage Way, Novato: Track construction
  • Feb 2015 | Highway 101 Under-crossing near Sheraton to south of D Street, Petaluma: Track removal followed by grading and track reconstruction
  • Feb 9 – 13, 2015 | Hamilton Station to north of Roblar Rd, Novato: Track construction
  • Mid Feb – End of March | North San Pedro Road to north of Las Gallinas/Walter Place Pedestrian Crossing, San Rafael: Grading followed by track reconstruction
  • Mid Feb to Early April| 1500 feet south of East D St to Hwy 101 Overcrossing at Lakeville Hwy, Petaluma: Track removal and reconstruction
  • Late March to Early April | East D St to 1500 feet south of D St, Petaluma: Track removal and reconstruction

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

  • Jan – Feb, 2015 | The following crossings south of Civic Center Drive in San Rafael will be replaced beginning in January. Specific dates have been or will be posted once they are scheduled by SMART’s contractor:
    • Las Gallinas pedestrian path (Walter Place)
  • Jan – Feb, 2014 | Roadway medians will be installed/repaired to make railroad crossings “quiet zone ready” at the following locations:
      • 2/24/15 – 3/2/15 – Santa Rosa | Piner Road
      • 2/25/15 – 3/3/15 – Santa Rosa | West Steele Lane
      • 2/26/15 – 3/3/15 – Santa Rosa | Guerneville Rd. (repair existing median)
      • 3/2 – 3/15 – Cotati | East Cotati Ave
      • 3/4 – 5/15 – Novato | Roblar Rd
      • 3/3 – 4/15 – Novato | Grant Ave
      • 3/2 – 3/15 – Novato | Olive Ave
      • Fulton | Hart Lane
      • Santa Rosa | River Road
      • Penngrove | Main Street/Woodward Ave

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

Improvement of existing railroad tunnel structures.

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

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

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 Feb, 2014 | Mira Monte Marina to Downtown San Rafael: Ductbank installation for fiber optic cable and communications systems – within SMART right-of-way.
  • Nov, 2014 – June 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