Friday, February 13, 2009

Sunset Avenue Project Enters Final Phases


The $2.8 million Sunset and Railroad Avenue road widening and safety improvements project is nearing completion. But the last major construction step will cause unavoidable major disruptions starting Tuesday, Feb. 17.

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Union Pacific Railroad will replace the metal road panels that form the actual traffic crossing over their two rail tracks at Sunset Avenue. At the same time, crews will do initial work needed to relocate and replace the crossing arms that protect the public from passing trains.

The railroad work is necessary partly because the Sunset Avenue project added a traffic lane in each direction from Travis Boulevard to the Railroad Avenue West intersection.

Also, Union Pacific is upgrading all crossing, bridges and rail ties on their lines between the Capitol Region and the Bay Area to provide more reliable commuter and freight rail service.

These tracks support Amtrak's Capitol Corridor commuter trains, which carry more than 130,000 a month between the Capitol Region and the Bay Area on trains that make 30 daily stops at the Suisun City Train Station. It's the third busiest commuter rail line in the nation. >>Click for important commuter service information.>>

During this construction period, the Suisun City Public Works Department urges motorists to avoid the area by using alternate routes. One suggested route is outlined on the project page on the City's website.

The $2.8 million in improvements to this major Suisun City gateway include:
  • Sunset Avenue widened to four traffic lanes
  • Coordinated traffic signals at Railroad Avenue East
  • Traffic signals at Railroad Avenue East and West with East Travis Blvd. to coordinate with the Union Pacific Railroad warning system
  • New medians on both sides of the railroad crossing
  • New bike lanes
  • New left turn lanes
  • New sidewalks along Sunset Avenue
  • Enhanced street lighting
  • Improved storm drainage
  • Installed new landscaping and signage
  • Enhanced rail crossing safety for motorists, pedestrians and cyclists

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