BART to close Richmond station this weekend

BART will close down its Richmond station for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, as it begins a project to replace a key part of its trackway.

The closure to the station, located on Nevin Avenue, will allow project crews to begin the rebuilding of an interlocking section of track that is nearly 50 years old, the agency said. The section of track acts similar to a traffic signal on the roadway and allows trains to move from one line to another.

The initial closure coincides with Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, and the station will be closed through the holiday. It also will be closed on the weekends of Jan. 30-31; Feb. 13-15; Feb. 27-28; and March 13-14.

Riders can either go to the El Cerrito del Norte station on Cutting Boulevard in El Cerrito or use a bus provided by AC Transit between the Richmond and El Cerrito del Norte stations. Bus riders should add an additional 15-20 minutes of planning to their trip, officials said.

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Those living near the Richmond station will hear noise from construction, and the area will be lit bright with construction lighting. That’s been occasionally happening leading up to the project when trains haven’t been running, officials said.

The $3.5 billion project was funded by Measure RR, which passed in Alameda, Contra Costa and San Francisco counties in 2016. Projects designed to make BART safer and more reliable already have been completed in Oakland, Concord, Lafayette, Orinda and Hayward.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Latest News

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