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Fremont and VTA to get money for Grade Separations

UPDATE: Of more pressing matters here are some timeframes for completion of the current pahse of the I-880/Mission Boulevard Interchange Project.
New Carpool Lane on I-880 —- Could be operational in October
New Warren Avenue I-880 Overpass —- Could be completed and operational by the end of the year.

The state has awarded $19.6 million for grade separation projects at Warren Avenue and Kato Road. The grade separations, which are expected to ease traffic congestion and help extend BART to Santa Clara, are part of a $200 million infrastructure project in South Fremont.

The project, which is slated to start in 2010, includes widening Mission between I-880 and Warm Springs Boulevard, depressing Warren under the Union Pacific tracks, depressing Kato Road just north of the county line under railroad tracks, and reconfiguring a rail yard.

The project isn’t fully funded, but the grant should help. I’ll have a story about it in tomorrow’s Argus.

Matt Artz