Windsor Extension Project

Town of Windsor Extension Project

 

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Construction Update - September 18, 2020

We are pleased to provide the following update to our Town of Windsor neighbors.  SMART contractor Stacy and Witbeck has been working hard to complete all of the bridgework by mid-October. Bridge construction activities between Shiloh Road and Windsor River Road, including pile driving, have gone well. We anticipate that pile driving and welding will be completed the week of October 5.

Hours of work for the remaining construction will generally be 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Safety is our top priority as we work to construct this rail extension project. We ask that you please do your part by staying clear of all construction equipment and activities.

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Construction Update - August 20, 2020

As part of track work in preparation for passenger rail service to the Town of Windsor, SMART contractor Stacy and Witbeck will be performing bridge construction activities between Shiloh Road and Windsor River Road during the following approximate dates:

  • August 26-September 2 – Unnamed Creek (near 12th Hole Drive and Eagle Drive)
  • August 28-September 5 – south side of E. Windsor Creek (near Joshua Drive and Bell Road)
  • September 8-18 – north side of Pool Creek (near 18th Hole Drive and Golf Course Drive)
  • September 21-October 2 – north side of E. Windsor Creek (near Joshua Drive and Bell Road)
  • October 5-9 – north side of Windsor Creek (near Bell Road and Grayson Way)

Due to weather and construction progress, these dates are subject to change.

Construction will include pile driving, which will produce some noise and may produce minor ground vibration. Hours of work will generally be 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Safety is our top priority as we work to construct this rail extension project. We ask that you please do your part by staying clear of all construction equipment and activities.

Please subscribe online to receive email updates about this project, or follow SMART on NextDoor.  

Construction Update - August 6, 2020

As part of work to upgrade the railroad tracks in preparation for passenger rail service to the Town of Windsor, SMART contractor Stacy and Witbeck will be performing construction activities that involve pile driving, which will produce some noise and may produce minor ground vibration.

Construction near Pool Creek Bridge north of Shiloh Road
Pile driving work will occur from August 13 - 26, (see location highlighted in the map below). Hours of work will generally be 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.

Construction near Unnamed Creek Bridge
Pile driving work near Unnamed Creek will is tentatively scheduled to take place between August 27 - 31.

Safety is a top priority as we work to construct this rail extension project. We ask that you please do your part by staying clear of all construction equipment and activities.

Please subscribe online to receive email updates about this project, or follow SMART on NextDoor. 

 


June 24, 2020

A great deal of work has been completed since the last update on the SMART Windsor Extension project. This project is still slated to be completed by late 2021, with passenger service to the Town of Windsor beginning soon thereafter.

SMART has contracted with Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. to construct the Windsor Extension project, which will extend the SMART rail line from Airport Boulevard in north Santa Rosa to Windsor River Road, and includes the construction of a new station platform.

CONSTRUCTION UPDATE

Construction crews have completed the removal of the old railroad, including rail, spikes, joints, and wooden ties, in preparation for rebuilding a new railroad track.

The contractor will begin welding 80-foot segments of steel rail and then construct them in 1,200-foot lengths of rail.  The welding work will commence just after the Fourth of July Holiday and will continue through the month of July. The welding will be accomplished with the use of a welding truck, which will be located at the south end of the Windsor River Road construction yard.

Crews will continue working to clear the rail right-of-way of vegetation to prepare for the reconstruction of the railroad.  We anticipate replacement of the five wooden bridges will begin in mid-to-late July and continue through the fall.  Construction of the new bridges will generally begin at the south end of the project and progress northward.

The removal of old concrete bridge foundations will require the use of jackhammers, which, along with pile driving, will likely be the noisiest part of the bridge construction process and will be performed during day-time hours.

TOWN OF WINDSOR CONSTRUCTION: The Town of Windsor is also conducting a related construction project in preparation for building a new roundabout at the intersection of Windsor Road and Windsor River Road. This work includes removal of the old railroad track and relocating utilities underground. This work is slated to continue through the summer – check the Town of Windsor website for specific project information.

CONSTRUCTION WORK HOURS: Hours of work will generally be 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Due to some of the work occurring in and around creeks, it must be completed during the dry season. In order to adhere to this limitation, work may need to be performed on weekends through the summer to ensure that all in-water work is completed by this deadline. While not currently planned, some work may also need to occur overnight to accommodate construction schedules. Every effort will be made to keep noise levels down if evening work is necessitated.  All construction schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions and forces beyond our control.

 

April 30, 2020

 

Construction work on the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) Windsor Extension project is slated to resume on Monday, May 4, 2020.  In compliance with local public health ordinances restricting this type of work, construction activity had been temporarily suspended since early April. As construction work on this project resumes next week, the field crews and contractors will continue to comply with all public health directives.

This construction project will extend the SMART rail line from Airport Boulevard in north Santa Rosa to Windsor River Road, providing passenger rail service to the Town of Windsor and will include the construction of a new station platform.

Beginning on Monday, May 4, work will resume on the Windsor Extension project with the following activities: 

  • Resumption of the removal of the old railroad track and other track materials in preparation for rebuilding the new railroad track.  This work is slated to be completed by the end of May. 
  • Clearing the right-of-way of vegetation in preparation for construction of the new railroad track and installation of new drainage infrastructure.
  • Replacement of bridges will begin in mid-June and will be ongoing through mid-October. Bridgework may also include the removal of some trees to clear space for the bridge installations. 
  • Delivery of concrete railroad ties will continue through mid-May. Railroad ties are being stockpiled along the rail alignment near the areas where the ties will be installed as the new track is constructed. To date, 8,100 ties (out of 11,000 ties) have been delivered. 

FUN FACT: 969 tons of steel rail will be utilized as part of the Windsor Extension project. 

CONSTRUCTION WORK HOURS: Hours of work will generally be 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Some work may need to occur at night to accommodate construction schedules. All schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions. 

TOWN OF WINDSOR CONSTRUCTION: The Town of Windsor is also conducting a related construction project in preparation for building a new roundabout at the intersection of Windsor Road and Windsor River Road. This work includes removal of the old railroad track and relocating utilities underground. This work is slated to continue through early August 2020. 

 


April 7, 2020

 

NOTE:  Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, construction activity has been temporarily suspended until the shelter in place order has been lifted.  However, delivery of concrete rail ties will continue through the end of the month to accommodate the freight delivery schedule on the national freight railway system.

 


March 25, 2020

 

In early January, pre-construction work commenced for the Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit District (SMART) Windsor Extension project.  This construction project will extend the SMART rail line from Airport Boulevard in north Santa Rosa to Windsor River Road, providing passenger rail service to the Town of Windsor and will include construction of a new station platform.

The project is slated to be completed by late 2021, with passenger service to the Town of Windsor beginning soon thereafter.

SMART has contracted with Stacy and Witbeck, Inc. to construct the Windsor Extension project which will include the following improvements: 

  • Replacement of the existing track with a new track, concrete ties, ballast, and track controls
  • Reconstruction of at-grade crossings at Airport Boulevard, Aviation, Shiloh, Mitchell, and at  the intersection of Windsor River Road and Windsor Road
  • Construction of a 3.3-mile pedestrian and bicycle pathway
  • Relocation of underground utilities to meet current standards
  • Removal of five existing wood bridges to be replaced with new concrete bridges

Construction Activity Update: 
Clearing vegetation within the railroad right-of-way is being done to comply with state and federal safety clearances for train operations. Vegetation work is ongoing and should be completed by mid-May, including the removal of all debris.

Removal of the old railroad track and other track materials in preparation for rebuilding the new railroad track is ongoing and is slated to be completed by the end of April.

The replacement of bridges will begin in mid-June and will be ongoing through September. Bridgework will also include the removal of some additional trees to clear space for the new bridges.

Delivery of the concrete railroad ties begins this week and will continue through mid-May. Railroad ties will be stockpiled along the rail alignment near the areas where they will be installed. Freight trains will deliver the concrete railroad ties on Thursday nights, with off-loading of railroad ties occurring during daytime work hours.

Fun Fact: 38 railroad cars will deliver approximately 11,000 railroad ties for the Windsor Extension project. 

Construction Work Hours: 
Hours of work will generally be 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday. Some work may be done at night to accommodate construction schedules. All schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions.

If you would like more information, please visit the Windsor Extension webpage  or contact us via email at info@SonomaMarinTrain.org. On the project webpage, you will find project details.  Please share this email with friends and neighbors and encourage them to  subscribe to receive email updates about the Windsor Extension project.


On January 2, 2020, Sonoma-Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) will commence with pre-construction work for the Windsor Extension project.  This construction project will extend the SMART rail line from Airport Boulevard in north Santa Rosa to Windsor River Road in the Town of Windsor and includes construction of a new station platform.
 

The Windsor Extension project is slated to be completed in late 2021 and will include the following improvements:

  • Replacement of the existing track with a new track, concrete ties, ballast, and track controls
  • Reconstruction of at-grade crossings at Airport Boulevard, Aviation, Shiloh, Mitchell, and at the intersection of Windsor River Road and Windsor Road
  • Construction of a 3.3 mile pedestrian and bicycle pathway
  • Relocation of some underground utilities to meet current standards
  • Removal of five existing wood bridges to be replaced with new concrete bridges

 

Right of Way Preparation: The pre-construction work includes clearing brush, trees, and vegetation within the SMART railroad right-of-way to comply with state and federal safety clearances for train operations.  Tree work will be conducted between January 2 and February 1, 2020.

Also included in the pre-construction work is the removal of existing structures at 8900 Windsor Road.  This property will be used for construction staging and in the future will become a parking lot to serve passengers using the SMART Windsor station.

Construction Crews and Hours of Work: SMART has contracted with Stacy & Witbeck Inc. to construct the Windsor Extension project.  The tree work will be conducted by Tyrrell Resources.  Hours of work will generally be 7:00 AM – 5:00 PM, Monday through Friday.  Schedules are subject to change based on weather conditions.