Since July, workers have put down 11 miles of new railroad track, replaced or repaired six bridges, rebuilt 18 crossings and repaired four bridges in preparation for the North Bay's new commuter rail project.
This month, work on the Petaluma portion of the Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit finally starts and is expected to continue until mid-December.
“We’re on track and on budget,” said Matt Stevens, a spokesman for the agency.
When the work begins in Petaluma, likely after Nov. 15, crews will be working 10 hours a day, five or six days a week, Stevens said. For the first time during SMART construction, construction will have to accommodate ongoing freight train operations, meaning crews to work on shorter lengths of track.
Simultaneous with the track work, street crossing improvements will continue, with D Street next on the list. No date has yet been set for that work.
Down the line, Novato is scheduled to get two SMART stations — one in Hamilton on the south side of the city and one near off Atherton Avenue on the north side.
Because of dust and noise created during the improvement, SMART is urging all residents to stay away from the Petaluma work site. They are also reminding property owners along the railroad right-of-way to make sure that their fences are in good condition to prevent pets from getting loose into the construction site.
For any construction issues, contact SMART at 855-312-7444.
Dave Alden contributed reporting to this story.