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Pedestrian Underpass at Santa Clara Caltrain Station Wins Golden State Award


The Pedestrian Underpass at the Santa Clara Caltrain Station has been named the 2018 Golden State Award Winner by the American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC).

The award, presented at the Engineering Excellence Awards banquet February 8, is the highest honor ACEC California bestows as part of its Engineering Excellence Awards program recognizing outstanding achievements in engineering projects completed by California firms. It was selected out of 55 projects and was noted for innovative design features that significantly expanded pedestrian and cyclist access.

Opened in July 2017, the underpass gives pedestrians and cyclists a safe, direct way to cross from the station on the west side of the Caltrain and Union Pacific Railroad tracks to Brokaw Road via a new open-air ramp. Previously, pedestrians and cyclists had to either cross the tracks illegally or journey 1.5 miles, navigating a busy overpass with minimal sidewalks and no bike lanes. A study indicated that up to 1,200 bicyclists and pedestrians would use a safe, legal crossing if available. The underpass will also link directly to the future Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station planned for the east side of the tracks.

Biggs Cardosa Associates, Inc. served as the primary consultant and structural engineer on the VTA project. 

Both the Golden State Award winner and Honor Award winners are eligible to enter the national level Engineering Excellence Awards competition and will be displayed on photographic panels outside the Governor’s office in the State Capitol to promote National Engineers Week February 18-24.

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