Friday, February 21, 2014

Upcoming Night Closures on Mission Boulevard at 880 Effective: Monday, January 27, 2014

As our agencies work together to improve the infrastructure of the burgeoning Warm Springs neighborhood, the following notice of night time closures at Mission Blvd. and 880 is shared as a courtesy via BART Silicon Valley.


Eastbound and westbound Mission Boulevard (Route 262) between Warm Springs Boulevard and I-880 in Fremont, including connector ramps to and from north and southbound I-880


One week of nighttime closures on Mission Boulevard to accommodate construction of new traffic lanes. Trucks will be entering and exiting roadway.


Dates and hours:
Friday, Feb. 21 – Saturday, Feb. 22 from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. [Closed both directions]

Saturday night closures canceled

Sunday, Feb. 23 – Monday, Feb. 24 from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. [Closed Westbound direction only]


Motorists using northbound I-880: Northbound Fremont Boulevard to Eastbound Auto Mall Parkway to southbound Warm Springs Boulevard.
Motorists using southbound I-880: Eastbound Auto Mall Parkway to Southbound Warm Springs Boulevard, or to southbound I-680 to Mission Boulevard.
Warren Avenue is closed between Kato Road and Mission Falls Court and cannot be used as an alternate for Mission Boulevard.

VTA's BART Silicon Valley Extension

VTA's Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Silicon Valley Extension Project is a 16-mile extension of the existing BART system to San Jose, Milpitas and Santa Clara, which will be delivered through a phased approach. The first phase, the Berryessa Extension, is a 10-mile, two-station extension, beginning in Fremont south of the future BART Warm Springs Station and proceeding in the former Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way through Milpitas, the location of the first station, and then to the Berryessa area of north San Jose, at the second station. VTA continues project development activities for the second 6-mile phase of the project that includes a 5.1 mile-long subway tunnel through downtown San Jose, and ends at grade in Santa Clara near the Caltrain Station. Construction on the second phase of the project will commence as additional funding is secured.

About VTA

Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) is an independent special district that provides sustainable, accessible, community-focused transportation options that are innovative, environmentally responsible, and promote the vitality of our region.  VTA is responsible for bus, light rail and paratransit operations and also serves as the county’s congestion management agency. As such, VTA is responsible for countywide transportation planning, including congestion management issues, specific highway improvement projects, pedestrian and bicycle improvement projects, and provides these services throughout the county, including the municipalities of Campbell, Cupertino, Gilroy, Los Altos, Los Altos Hills, Los Gatos, Milpitas, Monte Sereno, Morgan Hill, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Jose, Santa Clara, Saratoga and Sunnyvale.  VTA continually builds partnerships to deliver transportation solutions that meet the evolving mobility needs of Santa Clara County.
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Thursday, February 6, 2014

Building Careers as well as Infrastructure at the Seismic Upgrade of Bay Division Pipelines Nos. 3&4

Through the Cypress Mandela Training Center and Project Build, WSIP is helping apprentices from underserved communities to build their careers while upgrading the Bay Area’s critical water infrastructure. The Seismic Upgrade of BDPL Nos. 3&4 project has consistently supported opportunities for these apprentices.

When labor relations specialist Brian Thomas dropped by Fremont this week, he caught up with DeAndre Washington, an apprentice he helped to place with the job site, and his foreman Lisa Ross, to see how things were going.

DeAndre Washington, Lisa Ross and Brian Thomas

Washington is a graduate of the San Mateo County Project Build program. He grew up in East Palo Alto, and entered Project Build at the age of 21. With the help of his mother, DeAndre and his family moved to Hayward while he learned the construction trade. Having completed a total of 3,200 apprentice hours with 2,600 hours on the Bay Tunnel project and over 600 hours on the Seismic Upgrade project, Ross says that he has made a lasting impression on his current team. Washington has also benefited from the mentorship of Steve P. Rados’ construction team including Jim Pelletier, Tony Ferencik and Jack Beale.

DeAndre Washington prepares a pipe segment with a 
PTFE-coated bottom for sliplining beneath the freeway.

As the SFPUC invests in our critical infrastructure with projects like the Bay Tunnel and the Calaveras Dam Replacement Project, we will continue to provide apprenticeships and opportunities for local and underserved communities.

The Cypress Mandela Training Center is a community based organization dedicated to improving the lives of the people it serves by providing pre-apprentice construction and life skills training along with employment assistance. To learn more about their training programs, visit