Eight Caltrain crossings in Palo Alto, Mountain View and Sunnyvale will get safety upgrades within the next year, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) announced Wednesday.
The work, which started Wednesday and will occur between 8 p.m. and 4 a.m. Wednesdays through Mondays, is designed to make the crossings safer for pedestrians, cyclists and motorists.
Among the safety features are modified railroad crossing gates and new guardrails, fences, pedestrian and emergency swing gates, sidewalks, crossing panels, and warning tactile panels to assist visually impaired persons.
The crossings are at Alma Street, Churchill Avenue, East Meadow Drive and Charleston Road in Palo Alto; Rengstorff Avenue and Castro Street in Mountain View; and Mary Avenue and Sunnyvale
Avenue in Sunnyvale.
Each crossing is expected to take about three months to upgrade, and the improvement project is scheduled to wrap up in late June 2011.
One lane in each direction will be closed during construction and the sidewalk will be closed on one side of the street.
For questions about construction activity call VTA community outreach at 408-321-7575 or visit www.vta.org.