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Caltrain to Hold Public Meeting on San Mateo Bridges Replacement Project

Caltrain is reaching out to the community to discuss its upcoming bridge replacement project in San Mateo.

Caltrain will a community meeting to discuss the upcoming bridge replacement project planned for the city of San Mateo.   

The meeting will take place Thursday at the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center in San Mateo. Scroll down for meeting details.

Four rail bridges located in the city of San Mateo’s North Central Neighborhood are 103 years old and are considered structurally unsound, according to Caltrain officials.

They must be replaced in order to maintain safe rail operations and meet federal, state and local seismic safety standards, Caltrain officials said.

Caltrain, in cooperation with the city of San Mateo, is preparing to replace the bridges as soon as possible. The bridges are located at Tilton, Monte Diablo, Santa Inez and Poplar avenues.

Track heights are being raised as part of the bridge replacement project to reflect current State and Federal design mandates and San Mateo’s desire for increased vehicular clearances on city streets.

To accommodate this height increase, new retaining walls and fencing will be constructed on the Caltrain right of way. The project will require the removal of vegetation, including shrubs, weeds, bushes and trees within Caltrain’s right of way. 

The project will ensure that the bridges are safe and equipped to meet the region’s future transportation needs, including new electrified rail service, and improved traffic flow on city streets.

Meeting Details:

  • Where: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center, Assembly Room, 725 Monte Diablo Ave., San Mateo, CA 94401 
  • When: Thursday, May 2, 2013, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
  • Who: Caltrain representatives
  • RSVP: This event is free and open to the public.
  • If you are a member of the media and would like to attend, please email Christine Dunn to RSVP.

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SM Man April 29, 2013 at 04:08 PM
Definitely a much needed fix! The low clearance has resulted in a steady stream of unfortunate vehicular collissions and in some cases, temporary shutdown of Caltrain service. I was on scene for one incident and to say the least, the vehicle and its owner suffer a whole lot more than that concrete block.
Geneva w April 29, 2013 at 07:03 PM
Can you please clean up the Shrubs, Vegetation, tress, Weeds, and garbage at the E Bellevue crossing, it is so overgrown and full of garbage that it looks like a dumping ground. Homeless living in the shrubs, it is taller than the walls along the tracks. Alergies are so bad due to the overgrown bushes etc. I have made several phone calls to please clean it up, and no one will do anything about it. You dont clean it up, so everyone leaves all of their garbage there, who knows what is in all of that overgrown weeds. Allergies are so bad due to this mess, it looks like we live in the ghetto, it's a disgrace to San Mateo. Clean it up Caltrains

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