SAN MATEO -- Caltrain will hold a public meeting Thursday to inform residents in the North Central neighborhood about its plans to replace four outdated rail bridges.

Caltrain is preparing to remove 103-year-old bridges that allow traffic to flow underneath the tracks at Tilton, Monte Diablo, Santa Inez and Poplar avenues. The bridges are considered structurally unsound.

In replacing the structures, Caltrain will raise the height of the tracks to meet state and federal design mandates requiring greater vehicle clearance below. Workers will remove vegetation in Caltrain's right of way and construct new retaining walls and fencing.

The new bridges will ensure Caltrain is prepared for electrified rail service, which will be implemented in preparation for the arrival of high-speed rail.

Thursday's meeting will be held 6-8 p.m. in the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center at 725 Monte Diablo Ave.

Contact Aaron Kinney at 650-348-4357. Follow him at Twitter.com/kinneytimes.



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