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Temporary Central Expressway Lane Shifts at LR Crossing

Mountain View Light Rail Double Track Project 
Construction Update

July 1, 2015

Overview:
Multiple lane closures and shifts will be in effect for up to three weekends in July on Central Expressway in Mountain View as a second VTA Light Rail track and supporting infrastructure is constructed adjacent to the existing light rail crossing. 

The lane closures and shifts will be limited to the portion of Central Expressway located between Whisman Road and Ferguson Drive. Rerouted traffic stays on Central Expressway and will not be detoured through nearby residential streets. 

Construction crews will work throughout the weekend, both during the day and night, in order to re-open the expressway before the Monday morning commute. 

What:
Construction activities for the July 2 through July 6 work includes construction of an underground duct bank containing signaling and communication conduits across the roadway. Future work includes installation of new signaling devices, modifying the overhead electrical system and laying track. 

When:
8 p.m. Thursday, July 2 through 5 a.m., Monday, July 6, 2015. 
NOTE: The lane shifts and closures will be in effect all day Friday, July 3. 

For the other two scheduled weekends, July 10-13, and July 17-20, 2015, crews are scheduled to work from 8 p.m., Friday to 5 a.m. the following Monday morning. This schedule, however, is subject to revision. 

Why:
This work is being done (mostly) on weekends because of the difficulty redirecting the heavy loads of commuter traffic present on weekdays. 

Traffic Impacts:
Expect delays during  the listed times, with traffic reduced to one lane in each direction. Uniformed law enforcement officers will be on site to direct traffic.

Inquiries regarding this project should be directed to:
VTA Community Outreach
community.outreach@vta.org
(408) 321-7575

Mountain View Double Track Project

The Mountain View Double Track project, one of a series of projects known as the VTA Light Rail Train Efficiency Program, includes installing a second set of light rail tracks between the Mountain View and Whisman stations. The work will require the closure of the underutilized Evelyn Light Rail Station. The purpose of this project is to eliminate the current bottle neck caused by the single track operation in this area of Mountain View and provide storage space to stage multiple vehicles to service future BART service and special events at Levi’s Stadium. 

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