Quint-Jerrold Connector Road (and the Quint Street Bridge Replacement Project)

CALTRAIN BEGINS CONSTRUCTION ON THE QUINT STREET BRIDGE REPLACEMENT PROJECT

Quint Street Bridge Replacement Traffic Rerouting map

Starting October 5, 2015, Caltrain began construction on the Quint Street Bridge Replacement Project. The project consists of replacing the 100-year-old Quint Street Bridge with a new berm. The bridge, removed on April 30, 2016, was deemed structurally deficient, did not meet existing seismic safety standards, and is being replaced to ensure the safety of community members and Caltrain passengers. The berm will allow for a potential Caltrain station to be located at Oakdale Avenue at some point in the future. Work to replace the bridge is expected to last six months.

Closure of Quint Street between Jerrold Avenue and Oakdale Avenue began on October 5, 2015.

During the closure, Caltrain has established traffic rerouting signs for pedestrians and motorists to help with traffic flow. Please see traffic rerouting map (right) for details. The majority of the construction work will take place during weekdays. However, in order to maintain regular train service, some activities must be conducted during nights or weekends, outside of normal train service hours. Caltrain will notify neighbors in advance of periods of night and weekend work. We apologize for any inconvenience this may cause.

For more information about the Quint Street Bridge Replacement Project and schedule, please:

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority’s Quint-Jerrold Connector Road project will follow the berm construction. Construction of the berm to replace the Quint Street Bridge will precede construction of the new Connector Road because the deteriorating condition of the existing bridge structure necessitates replacing it as soon as possible.

CONNECTOR ROAD OVERVIEW

Quint Street area map

The proposed Quint-Jerrold Connector Road will link Quint Street, just north of Oakdale Avenue, to Jerrold Avenue via a new road along the west side of the Caltrain tracks. The road will restore access eliminated by the Caltrain project; it is also intended to support a potential new Caltrain station at Oakdale Avenue and provide access to other nearby land uses.

The San Francisco County Transportation Authority and San Francisco Public Works are working together on a design for the new road. The proposed design meets all of the local circulation needs currently served by the existing Quint Street. The current proposal features:

  • One traffic lane in each direction and a sidewalk on the west side
  • Upgraded street lighting and new landscaping coordinated with adjacent properties
  • An intersection with Jerrold Avenue that would allow for turns in all directions, accommodate trucks, and integrate with the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market’s planned street reconfiguration

The new road will be built on Union Pacific Railroad property. The San Francisco Real Estate Office is currently negotiating with Union Pacific Railroad to purchase the property. The project is currently in the planning and conceptual design phase; construction could begin in 2018. 

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BACKGROUND

The Caltrain bridge over Quint Street in the Bayview is more than 100 years old and at the end of its useful life. In March 2014, based on results of an inspection that revealed significant deterioration, Caltrain determined that emergency repairs to the bridge were needed. The interim repairs were completed in May 2014. Although those immediate repairs do not require Quint Street to be closed at this time, this new development led to an expedited timeline for replacing the existing bridge.

The proposed bridge replacement—a berm—is the design approach selected by the San Francisco County Transportation Authority Board in July 2013 after considering various other alternatives. The berm was found to be the best solution to balance the need to find a cost effective solution that supports a potential Caltrain Station at Oakdale Avenue, and one that is compatible with adjacent land uses and vehicular access.

Quint Street bridge photoCaltrain’s replacement of the bridge is being coordinated with a City-led project to construct a new Quint-Jerrold Connector Road along the west side of the Caltrain tracks. This will provide alternate access across the tracks and to nearby land uses via Jerrold Avenue. The road will be constructed on Union Pacific Railroad right-of-way.

The Transportation Authority is now working with San Francisco Public Works (SFPW), the San Francisco Municipal Transportation Agency (SFMTA), the Planning Department, and the Office of Real Estate to complete conceptual design, environmental review, and initial right-of-way negotiations for the Connector Road.

OUTREACH TO DATE

Quint St. outreach meeting

The Transportation Authority, Caltrain, and partner agencies conducted five rounds of community outreach beginning in late 2011 and most recently in June 2014. The agencies held several open houses noticed in Chinese, Spanish and English, meetings with community groups, and discussions with stakeholders about the bridge replacement and options under consideration.

Over the course of our outreach, the community has raised several key issues that our staff has worked to address:

  • Intersection design. The design of the Connector Road intersection with Jerrold Avenue previously did not allow northbound left turns from the Connector Road onto Jerrold. Stakeholders asked staff to rework the intersection design to permit turns in all directions and ease truck turning movements.
  • Connector Road enhancements. The agencies were asked to incorporate design enhancements into the Connector Road, such as enhanced lighting and landscaping.
  • Project schedules and temporary closure. Residents expressed concerns about the length of a temporary closure during construction and asked that the Connector Road be built before the existing Quint Street is closed. Though we hoped to begin construction of the road first, the bridge deterioration identified in March 2014 necessitates that it be replaced as soon as possible.
  • Local Job Opportunities. Community members emphasized the importance of ensuring that the Bridge Replacement and Connector Road projects provide local job and contracting opportunities.

Over the course of the project, the agencies involved have refined plans and project designs to incorporate the feedback we received and to address the issues raised by the community. As design work proceeds, we remain committed to these essential project elements.

Connector Road Design

Initial desing for Quint/Jerrold Connector Road intersection with Jerrold Avenue

SFPW has led conceptual design of the Connector Road with support from the Transportation Authority and SFMTA. The design allows for one travel lane in each direction and a sidewalk along the west side of the street.

Intersection Design. The intersection of the Connector Road with Jerrold Avenue will be integrated with the modified intersection of Jerrold Avenue with Rankin Street and Innes Avenue that is planned as part of the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market expansion project. The intersection with Jerrold Avenue also will accommodate trucks, although some movements would require wide turns.

In response to community input, agency staff has refined the intersection design to permit turns in all directions, including northbound from the Connector Road to Jerrold Avenue. With this change, the Connector Road is able to serve all traffic that currently uses Quint Street.

Streetscape Enhancements. Also in response to community feedback and the desire to have the Connector Road represent an enhancement over the existing Quint Street, the agencies have incorporated upgraded street lighting and trees along the sidewalk on the west side of the street and additional landscaping along the east side adjacent to the berm. We also are working to coordinate landscaping and streetscape improvements with the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market, which recently constructed a new building alongside the Connector Road right-of-way.

Construction Schedule and Project Staging

Although the implementing agencies had planned to begin construction of the Connector Road project before construction of the berm, further deterioration of the Caltrain bridge necessitates replacing it as soon as possible. The road project will not be ready to construct first without delaying the berm, so road construction will instead follow completion of the berm. Construction of Caltrain’s replacement of the bridge will begin in October of 2015.

Through access through the area on Quint Street will be closed for up to 24 months. As design proceeds and we refine project schedules, we continue to work to identify further opportunities to reduce the closure time.

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LOCAL JOB OPPORTUNITIES

LBE/DBE job opportunities graphic

For both the Connector Road and Caltrain Bridge Replacement projects, the agencies have developed a local outreach plan to maximize access to opportunities for local workers and small and disadvantaged businesses. The projects include many types of work that staff anticipates local and disadvantaged businesses will be competitive to bid on (see box for examples).

The agencies are working with local Bayview-based firms to do all that is possible within funding source regulations to maximize opportunities for local workers and small, local, and disadvantaged businesses by:

  • Setting disadvantaged business (DBE) and small business (SBE) contracting goals.
  • Utilizing San Francisco’s First Source hiring program to connect disadvantaged workers with job opportunities.
  • Connecting with local workforce development organizations to coordinate training with project work opportunities.
  • Conducting extra outreach in the community, including advance open houses near the project sites, to make sure local businesses know about the opportunities and are able to qualify as DBEs and SBEs in order to bid on the work.

FUNDING AND COORDINATION

Cost and funding. The current cost estimate for the Connector Road is $9.9 million. The funding plan includes $4 million from Caltrain and the remaining $5.9 million to be provided from the City’s Prop K transportation sales tax funds, which the Transportation Authority oversees, and other local sources.

Coordination. The project team is coordinating closely with other nearby stakeholders and projects, including the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market, the Port of San Francisco, and the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission (SFPUC). Caltrain and City agencies are also coordinating on the vacation of the portion of Quint Street that Caltrain needs to construct the berm. Legislation to allow for the vacation was approved in June 2014, though closure of the roadway will not occur until construction on the bridge replacement begins in Fall 2015.

Only the portion of Quint Street under the Caltrain tracks is currently being vacated. The northeastern portion of the street will not be vacated, but SFPUC has committed to work with SFPW to assist with maintenance of this portion of the street.

FOR MORE INFORMATION

For additional information on the Quint-Jerrold Cennector Road Project, please visit the project website at www.sfcta.org/quint or contact Mike Tan, Administrative Engineer at the San Francisco County Transportation Authority, by email, or phone at 415-522.4826.

The current project Fact Sheet is available for download in several languages:
English  |  Spanish (Español)  |  Chinese (中文)  |  Tagalog

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