San Bruno grade separation project beginsBy Joshua Melvin
Work started Monday on a massive project to separate car and train traffic at several dangerous intersections.
But the bad news for residents who live near the Caltrain tracks in downtown San Bruno and drivers who pass through the area comes in the form of road closures and construction noise at night.
Caltrain spokeswoman Christine Dunn did not give specific dates and times for the inconveniences but said residents can check the agency's website for updates or call for more information.
The project will result in long-awaited rail bridges, known as grade separations, at Angus, San Mateo and San Bruno avenues. Caltrain will also build a new station in the city.
The $165 million project was mothballed in 2006, but the plan jumped to the front of the line last summer when Caltrain secured a $30 million grant from the state. San Bruno officials have touted the project as a major piece of the city's effort to revitalize its downtown.
Work on Monday was primarily confined to clearing away trees and brush, Dunn said. Crews won't actually start digging until June when they begin installing drainage culverts.
For weekly construction updates, along with information on road closures and night construction, go to www.caltrain.org or call 650-508-7726.
Copyright ©2010 San Mateo County Times. Published 05/03/2010.