April 2, 2013 > Kato Road now open to traffic
Kato Road now open to traffic
Submitted By Bernice Alaniz
Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) and City of Fremont opened Kato Road between Warm Springs Boulevard and Milmont Drive in southern Fremont to automobile and pedestrian traffic on April 1. This important Kato Road Grade Separation project milestone will temporarily allow for one lane of traffic flow in each direction and culminate the conclusion of the several month long Kato Road closure.
A complete roadway opening is expected by May; project completion is expected early this summer. The construction at Kato Road is the first of eleven grade separations needed to complete the BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension Project. Kato Road now passes underneath the Union Pacific railroad tracks and future BART tracks and includes new elevated sidewalks for pedestrians. Bicycles will have a permanent bike lane once the completed roadway is opened.
"This important project delivered in partnership with the City of Fremont will help facilitate future BART service to Santa Clara County, and reduce congestion in this area by eliminating competing freight movements with the local traffic," said VTA General Manager Michael Burns.
Total project cost for the Kato Grade Separation project is $52.7 million, funded by 2000 Measure A and Proposition 1B Highway-Railroad Crossing Safety Account. Remaining work on the project includes pavement restoration, landscape & irrigation, completion of storm water pump station, freight track embankment, safety railings, and removal of traffic mitigation measures in surrounding intersections.
"We are excited that this grade separation brings us one step closer to connecting the BART system between Fremont, Milpitas and North San Jose," said Fremont Public Works Director Jim Pierson. "We expect that automobiles, pedestrians, and bicycles alike will truly appreciate the safety enhancement that this latest grade separation brings to freight and automobile traffic."
Traffic that is currently detoured onto Dixon Landing Road in Milpitas is expected to return to Kato Road, relieving some of the congestion along that roadway and Warm Springs Boulevard.
A one-year BART Silicon Valley Berryessa Extension milestone and Kato Road Grade Separation Ribbon Cutting event will be held on April 5th from 12 - 1 p.m. at 466 Kato Terrace to celebrate first year construction accomplishments and the opening of Kato Road. The event will include speeches by local, state, and federal dignitaries followed by a project ribbon cutting.
For more information about BART Silicon Valley, please contact VTA Community Outreach at (408) 934-2662, TTY (408) 321-2330, or visit www.vta.org/bart.