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George_Harris
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« on: Nov 21st, 2013, 2:16pm »
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First: Their web site is www.sonomamarintrain.org/
 
This line is intended to be a restoration of part of the old Northwestern Pacific services on the penninsula north of the Golden Gate. It is intended to be a DMU (diesel multiple units for those not familiar) operation. Their promotional literature shows the now defunct Colorado Rail Car DMU, but the actual cars are being built in Japan.
 
I will go back later and give more detail, but for now I will talk about the replacement of the Petaluma River Bridge with one brought in from Texas.


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« Reply #1 on: Nov 21st, 2013, 2:49pm »
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Latest cotract letting press release:
 
http://myemail.constantcontact.com/SMART-Awards-Key-Construction-Contract.html?soid=1102065004441&aid=mNg4HT_SoI4
 
Also as a pdf:   http://origin.library.constantcontact.com/download/get/file/1102065004441-64/SMART+Awards+Key+Construction+Contract.pdf
 
For those that do not want to search it out, here it is, leaving out some of the "how great and wonderful we are" stuff in the middle of it:
 
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For Immediate Release:  November 20, 2013
Contact: Farhad Mansourian, (707) 794-3057
SMART Awards Key Construction Contract
 
Petaluma, CA - Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART) announced today that it has selected Shimmick Construction Company as the design-build contractor for its next major construction contract. The $68.7 million contract includes several key elements of the continuing work on Phase 1 of the rail and pathway project:
 
 Design and construction of track from Civic Center Drive to the downtown station site in San Rafael
 Strengthening of the Puerto Suello Tunnel in San Rafael
 Integration of the vehicular traffic control system in downtown San Rafael
 Installation of the rolling leaf bascule bridge to replace the existing Haystack Bridge over the Petaluma river
 Seven segments of the SMART Pathway in Sonoma and Marin that have completed environmental clearances, totaling approximately 3 miles  
 Construction of the Operations & Maintenance Facility which will house vehicle storage and maintenance, dispatch and train operations and systems
 Station platform finishes - platform tops, access ramps and stairs, shelters, lighting, seating, etc.
"Progress has been rapid since we started construction in the summer of 2012," stated Judy Arnold, SMART board chair and president of the Marin County Board of Supervisors. "This contract will deliver most of the remaining infrastructure for starting service in 2016, and the board is especially pleased that like our first construction contract, the winning proposal is from another Bay Area contractor, delivering local jobs."  
 
Project progress to date includes track reconstruction from Santa Rosa to Petaluma, final steps for permits to continue track construction into Marin in the Spring, assembly in Illinois of the first train set due to start testing on the new tracks next year, signaling and communications systems design nearing completion with field installation beginning, and environmental mitigation requirements being met through the purchase of the Mira Monte Marina property within the project area.  
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Five qualified proposals were evaluated by a selection committee based first on technical criteria, and subsequently combined with pricing to produce a combined score based on the criteria described in the request for proposals. The top three firms, with proposals ranging from $74.3 to $82.5 million, were invited to participate in the Best and Final Offer step of the process.

 
The final award was to Shimmick Construction, Inc. an employee-owned firm based in Oakland.  How the contract amount was squeezed down to $68.7 million was not really explained.
 
This contract appears to include a number of specific items of work at variousl locations, not a continuous length of track.    
 
The item of significance as an extension of discussion of the move in of the Galveston bridge to replace the existing Haystack Bridge over the Petaluma River in Petaluma.  
 
Other items mentioned were:
Design and construction of track from Civic Center Drive to the downtown station site in San Rafael  
Strengthening of the Puerto Suello Tunnel in San Rafael
Building of a traffic control system in downtown San Rafael.  
And several segmetns of bike path.  
(gotta keep the bike riders happy.  They are a very noisey and politically potent force in this area.)
 
It was stated that this is the last contract for the project.
 
Work "could start as soon as February. Completion of the leg from San Rafael to Santa Rosa is expected in 2016."


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« Reply #2 on: Jan 25th, 2015, 8:07pm »
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We appear to be now approaching installation of the bridge.  From SMART's web site:
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BRIDGES
Improvement or replacement of existing railroad bridge structures.
##Dec 29, 2014  - Oct, 2015  | Haystack Bridge, Petaluma: Grading around piers and abutments, concrete work and foundations, erect bridge, test bridge systems, cut-over to new bridge, removal of old bridge

Discussion elsewhere says that the new piers will be placed within the next couple months.


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« Reply #3 on: Jan 26th, 2015, 9:08pm »
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So the "new" bridge is going in more or less parallel to the old one, which will then be removed? Presume so bike riders and similar vermin will not be inconvenienced?

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« Reply #4 on: Mar 20th, 2015, 6:45pm »
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One more on the "Haystack" Bridge:
http://www2.sonomamarintrain.org/userfiles/Haystack_Bridge_NOA.pdf
It appears that the existing bridge is "Free to good home"
 
California at its best, the following extracted from the link:  
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This bridge is available to qualified agencies and nonprofits for relocation and preservation in compliance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA)
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. . . if the applicant is not a qualified agency or qualified nonprofit . . . SMART will require compensation equivalent to the current scrap metal value of the structure.

 
There are seven pages to this link.  It includes three pictures of the bridge, one taken in 1908 showing a train pulled by a 4-4-0 crossing it.


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« Reply #5 on: Apr 10th, 2015, 6:36pm »
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Work on the replacement bridge is well under way and supposed to be completed by October this year.
 
The following gives information on the post bridge replacement channel clearances with plan sheets for the revised alignment of the railroad in the back.   The replacement bridge is being built slightly offset from the existing bridge toward the side away from the highway bridge.  It appears that it is being located so that everything can be built up to being ready to set the replacement draw span without interfering with the operation of the current bridge and channel.
 
http://petalumayachtclub.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/06/New-Haystack-Landing-Railroad-Bridge.pdf
 
What I find virtually incomprehensible is that the replacement bridge closed position clearance is almost exactly one fool less than that of the current bridge.  The channel is considerably wider, but I doubt that will make any difference to the size boats these weekend admirals are operating.  
 
For a picture that shows some of the work under way on the piers, see
https://www.facebook.com/sonomamarintrain/photos/a.967319613297688.1073741857.116321028397555/1041869205842728/
 
Another view that gives a fairly good look at the existing bridge with some of the replacement pier and foundation work showing in the lower right corner of the picture can be found in  
http://www.petaluma360.com/news/3753488-181/smart-offering-to-give-away


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« Reply #6 on: Apr 11th, 2015, 9:11pm »
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I don't see, unless they could have enough vertical clearance to allow boats to go under, that the reduction in vertical from a bit over four feet to 3'7" would make any difference. Gonna have to raise the bridge anyhow, and the extra 34' of channel should be useful. Or am I missing something?

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« Reply #7 on: Aug 13th, 2015, 5:27pm »
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Another update on the bridge:
http://www.pressdemocrat.com/news/4325941-181/smart-rail-bridge-put-in
This article has a picture of the last piece of steel being put in place on the drawspan.  However the counterweight and operating hardware has yet to be installed.  The drawspan is being fabricated in the open position.


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