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Caltrain: San Mateo Bridges Phase 1
Project Title: Caltrain's San Mateo Bridges Phase 1 – Foundation Improvements

Four rail bridges in the northern part of San Mateo at Tilton Avenue, Monte Diablo Avenue, Santa Inez Avenue, and Poplar Avenue were built in 1903 and do not meet current Federal and State seismic safety standards. Caltrain is launching a bridge replacement project to bring these bridges up to current standards, and will span a half-mile along the Caltrain right-of-way from Tilton Avenue to Poplar Avenue.

The project includes:
  • Raising the height of the bridges as much as four feet in some sections, improving clearance at those crossings
  • Helping ensure that the bridges are safe and equipped to meet the region’s future transportation needs, including electrified rail service and improved traffic flow on local streets

Public Outreach
Caltrain held their first project workshop on May 2, 2013 at the Martin Luther King Center in San Mateo. Approximately 8,800 meeting notices were sent out and more than 50 community members attended the meeting. Caltrain’s project team provided a project overview at the meeting and responded to questions from the public. Primary concerns expressed by workshop attendees included pedestrian access and lighting under the bridges, graffiti on bridge abutments and construction impacts.

Caltrain met with the Public Works Commission on July 10, 2013 to give a presentation on the status of the project and respond to public comment.  For more information, please read the agenda minutes and staff report for the meeting.  Caltrain held a follow-up meeting in November 2013 responding to concerns previously brought up at the Public Works Commission.

Caltrain’s Web SiteProject Updates

Caltrain Contact: Rany Chek, (650) 289-1075


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