BART Celebrates Fremont Underpass

By Marianne Favro
|  Friday, Apr 5, 2013  |  Updated 7:53 PM PDT
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Marianne Favro updates us on the marathon effort to bring BART to the South Bay.

Marianne Favro updates us on the marathon effort to bring BART to the South Bay.

The project to bring BART to San Jose still won't be completed for several years, but those working on the project celebrated a big milestone Friday.

They marked the opening of an underpass at Kato Road in Fremont.  The road is now open after being closed for ten months while construction crews worked to build the underpass.

Now drivers can travel under the tracks. 

When local legislators dropped a banner of Kato Road on Friday it mean the project was complete.

By creating the underpass, drivers no longer have to stop at train tracks and transportation experts say when BART trains eventually travel through this corridor along the bridge, it will be safer for pedestrians and create less traffic on Highway 680.

The $52.7 million project also created new jobs for the area.  The goal is to eventually connect BART from Fremont to Berryessa in San Jose in 2017.  Eventually the plan will bring BART to downtown San Jose and San Jose Mineta Airport.

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