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SMART Train crosses Haystack Bridge in Petaluma.

Construction and Maintenance Updates

 

Railway construction – Petaluma North Station

 

April 17, 2024

Night work to complete welding of the new railraod crossing at Nroth McDowell Blvd. and the installation of signal conduit is scheduled for Friday, April 19, starting at 10:00 PM and continuing until approximately 5:00 AM. Related construction activities and equipment will produce some dust and noise. Expect the beeping sound of vehicles backing up and construction lights at night.

The timing of all construction activities is weather-dependent.  Signup to receive periodic updates about the construction of the Petaluma North Station.


APRIL 8, 2024

As a part of the reconstruction of the railroad crossing, North McDowell Blvd. will be closed to vehicular traffic beginning Friday, April 12 at 10:00 PM and will be closed through Monday, April 15 at approximately 5:00 AM. Local residents and businesses will continue to have access during the road closure. A detour will be in place (see detour map):

detour map

The timing of all construction activities is weather-dependent.  Signup to receive periodic updates about the construction of the Petaluma North Station.

 

April 3, 2024

Night work to complete welding of the Gauntlet Track at the Petaluma North Station is scheduled for Wednesday, April 3, and Friday, April 5, starting at 10:00 PM and continuing until approximately 3:00 AM. These construction activities and equipment will produce some dust and noise. Expect the beeping sound of vehicles backing up and construction lights at night.

 

march 20, 2024

Planned night work to install the Gauntlet Track at the Petaluma North Station is scheduled for Friday, March 22, starting at 10:00 PM through Sunday, March 24. Construction activities and equipment will produce some dust and noise. Expect the beeping sound of vehicles backing up and construction lights at night.

A gauntlet track is a second set of tracks that allows freight trains to pass safely by SMART’s passenger platforms. SMART passenger trains approach stations close to the platforms. Freight trains are wider use a gauntlet for additional space as they travel past a station. Gauntlet tracks have been installed at all SMART stations north of Highway 37, where freight trains enter the mainline traveling north carrying freight materials to customers in Sonoma County. 

 

February 7, 2024

Planned night work to complete platform excavation scheduled for Friday, February 9, has been postponed due to weather conditions. This work has been tentatively rescheduled for Thursday, February 15, and Friday, February 16.

 

February 2, 2024

SMART contractor Stacy and Witbeck Inc./Ghilotti Bros., a joint venture (SW/GB), will perform night work to continue excavation for the Petaluma North Station platform on Friday, February 2, and will complete excavation work (also night work) on Friday, February 9. SW/GB will be welding 80-foot rail sections at the station site (Corona Rd.) from February 19 to February 22.

 

JANUARY 25, 2024

SMART contractor Stacy and Witbeck Inc./Ghilotti Bros., a joint venture (SW/GB) has begun excavating work for the train station platform. SW/GB will be performing night work on February 2-3 (Friday and Saturday nights). Hours of work will be 9:00 PM - 5:00 AM. Safety is our first priority. We work hard to maximize safety during construction. Please do your part and stay clear of all construction equipment and activities.

 

December 21, 2023

SMART contractor Stacy and Witbeck Inc./Ghilotti Bros., a joint venture (SW/GB) will begin mobilizing to construct the SMART Petaluma North Station in mid-January 2024. Construction on the station platform is anticipated to begin on January 26-27. Night work (after revenue service) will be required. Directional light will be utilized. Nearby residents can expect some noise.



Railway construction – Town of Windsor Station

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February 22, 2024

SMART contractor Stacy and Witbeck Inc. (SWI)will pour concrete for the Town of Windsor station platform on Monday, February 26, starting at 8:00 AM and going until 2:00 PM. Parking will be restricted at the lot adjacent to the platform site.

 

February 2, 2024

SMART contractor Stacy and Witbeck Inc. (SWI) will set girders and bridge decks at Windsor Creek on February 15-16. SWI will begin grading (performing earthwork) in preparation for constructing the railroad track and bicycle/pedestrian pathway between Aviation Blvd. and Shiloh Rd. from February 21 to March 6.

 

January 25, 2024

SMART contractor Stacy and Witbeck Inc. (SWI) will begin excavation work on the train station platform on Friday, January 26. SWI will also begin grading work for the railroad tracks between Aviation Blvd. to Shiloh Rd. on February 5. Safety is our first priority. We work hard to maximize safety during construction. Please do your part and stay clear of all construction equipment and activities.

 

December 21, 2023

SMART contractor Stacy and Witbeck Inc. will begin mobilizing to complete construction of the rail extension to the Town of Windsor in early January 2024. Earth work for the station platform is anticipated to start on January 2.