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September 9, 2011 > VTA Awards Contract for the Kato Road Grade Separation

VTA Awards Contract for the Kato Road Grade Separation

Submitted By Brandi Childress

The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority's (VTA) Board of Directors voted Thursday, September 1, 2011, to authorize VTA's General Manager to execute a $22.14 million contract with Gordon N. Ball, Inc. for the construction of the Kato Road Grade Separation in Fremont.

The roadway project is a joint effort between the City of Fremont and VTA to grade separate Kato Road from the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR). Once the project is completed, Kato Road will pass underneath the Union Pacific railroad tracks and future BART tracks. The bid from Gordon N. Ball, Inc. is 19 percent below the Engineer's Estimate. The contract is funded by 2000 Measure A and Proposition 1B Highway-Railroad Crossing Safety Account.

"This grade separation will both enable frequent BART service in the future and reduce congestion in the area that has previously been caused by freight movements," said VTA Board Chairperson Margaret Abe-Koga.

Under a VTA Board authorized Project Implementation Agreement with the City of Fremont in 2008, VTA is responsible for the design and construction of the Kato Road Grade Separation Project and the City of Fremont is the lead agency for the environmental clearance and right of way acquisition.

"In addition to decreasing vehicle emissions and commute times, our partnership with VTA enhances safety by separating the freight and future BART traffic from pedestrian and auto traffic," said Fremont Public Works Director Jim Pierson.

The project work includes construction of a steel UPRR bridge, a cast-in-place reinforced concrete maintenance bridge and reinforced concrete BART Bridge spanning over Kato Road. The BART bridge structure is essential to allow the Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension contractor access along the corridor over the depressed Kato Road. The grade separation activities also involve relocation of sanitary sewer facilities, installation of a pump station, removal and replacement of impacted landscape, trees and irrigation, and construction of traffic improvements at the intersection of North Milpitas Boulevard and Dixon Landing Road.

BART to Silicon Valley extends the existing Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) system to San Jose, Milpitas and Santa Clara. This will extend the current BART system 16 miles beginning at the future BART Warm Springs Station in Fremont and proceed on the former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way through Milpitas to south of Mabury Road in San Jose. The extension would then descend into a 5.1 mile-long subway tunnel, continue through downtown San Jose, and end at grade in Santa Clara near the Caltrain Station. A maintenance and vehicle storage yard would be at the terminus of the project in Santa Clara.

Construction is scheduled to begin in October with substantial completion by Spring 2013. Kato Road will be closed for up to 9 months during this period.

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