Nursery Avenue Safety Improvement Project

Niles Quiet Zone at Nursery Avenue

General Project Description

• In 2009, Fremont initiated a quiet zone process for the Niles area at the Nursery Avenue railroad crossing.  Based on direction from the California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), a safety improvement was defined that included median islands at the approaches to the railroad crossing the prevent traffic from circumventing the railroad crossing gates. This project also included the completion of curb, gutter and sidewalk along Niles Boulevard west of Nursery Avenue

• In 2013, Fremont funded the Nursery Avenue Safety Improvement project.  The project addressed the prior CPUC direction.  Plans for the project were subsequently developed and were submitted to the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) for approval to modify their railroad crossing. UPRR approval was denied and they requested the project include upgrades to the traffic signal systems in accordance with recommendations from the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA).

• In 2016, Fremont increased funding for the project and agreed to provide enhanced safety improvements to address a comprehensive set of requirements from UPRR, FRA, CPUC, and Caltrans.  The project scope includes pavement rehabilitation, median islands, sidewalks on both sides of Nursery Avenue, and upgrades to traffic signal communications at the railroad crossing (UPRR operated), the signal at Niles/Nursery (City operated), and the signal at Mission/Nursery (Caltrans operated).

• Plans are being prepared for the construction of the enhanced safety project with the goal to establish a quiet zone when   the project is complete.  Key milestone dates for the project are as follows:
o Application to CPUC for Railroad Crossing Modification – December 2016
o CPUC Permit Approval – March 2017
o Completion of Construction Plans for Safety Project including Approval of Plans by UPRR and Caltrans– June                  2017
o Bid & Award of City Construction Contract – September 2017
o City Project Construction Period – November 2017 to May 2018
o UPRR Design and Construction Period – early 2017 to May 2018
o Quiet Zone Community Education Process – May 2018
o Establishment of a Quiet Zone – June 2018 

Contact Information
If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact:
Jeanne Suyeishi
Ph: (510) 494-4728

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