Santa Clara Pedestrian Undercrossing
Project Description & Purpose
VTA is currently building an extension to the existing Santa Clara Station undercrossing and a new approach ramp, which will allow pedestrians and cyclists to access the Caltrain/ACE/Capiltol Corridor platform and El Camino Real from Brokaw Road.
Similar to a tunnel, the planned undercrossing extension will be approximately 80 feet long, and will run under three Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks. In conjunction with the planned underpass extension, an open-air ramp of approximately 250 feet long will connect Brokaw Road to the tunnel structure.
The major excavation portion of the project lasted four days, and included stopping rail service on three tracks, cutting about 200 feet of railway, and excavation. The cut-and-cover construction utilizeds precast concrete box units that were set in place to create the floor, walls, and ceiling of the tunnel. Click to view the printer-friendly project Fact Sheet in English Spanish Chinese Vietnamese Portuguese and Tagalog.
Below is an aerial photograph of the Santa Clara train station and construction area.
Construction of the underpass took place around the clock over Thanksgiving weekend: the night of Wednesday, November 23 through 4am on Monday, November 28. Construction of the ramp extension will begin in November 2016. Finishes to the undercrossing and the ramp itself will be completed and open to the public in Summer 2017.
The $13.8M project cost will draw from Measures A and B, The City of San Jose, State and Federal Sources, Safe Routes to Transit, the Transportation Fund for Clean Air, and Hunter Properties.
Groundbreaking Ceremony | November 2, 2016
On November 2, 2016 the first shovels full of dirt were tossed to break ground on the Santa Clara Pedestrian Undercrossing.
VTA General Manager and CEO Nuria Fernandez led a group of local VIPs in the groundbreaking ceremony, including County Supervisor Ken Yeager, Santa Clara City Council Member Teresa O’Neill, San Jose Economic Development Assistant Director Nanci Klein, Deke Hunter, of Hunter Properties and Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition Director Shiloh Ballard.