Transportation Project Experience

Gerald Desmond Bridge Replacement,
Long Beach

BKF is providing civil and surveying services to the design-build replacement bridge in support of a sustainable environment. Safety will be improved and traffic hazards will be reduced by reducing grades and adding dedicated lanes for emergency services vehicles.

  • Half-mile bridge
  • First long-span, cable-stayed bridge in California
  • 200-foot vertical clearance
  • Accommodate ships from Port of Long Beach
  • Special design conditions for heavy truck crossing



Devil's Slide - California Coastal Trail,

San Mateo County

The award-winning transformation of a scenic 1.3-mile segment of Highway 1 into a multi-use trail for hikers, runners, bicyclists, and equestrians involved careful planning to protect the migratory bird habitat, develop custom aesthetic solutions to barrier fencing, identify native plantings, and design overlooks for observation of the spectacular rocky shoreline.

  • Civil engineering, design, improvement plans, and construction support
  • Conversion of 1.3 miles of Hwy 1 into multi-use trail
  • Pavement regrading to meet ADA requirements
  • 18,000 s.f. of pavement micro-surfacing
  • Restrooms and water fountains
  • Fencing for protection of migratory bird habitat and environmentally sensitive areas
  • APWA Silicon Valley Chapter 2014 Project of the Year Award for Environment/Parks
  • ASCE 2014 Project of the Year Award for Bikeways & Trails



City of Healdsburg Downtown Utility and Streetscape Improvements

BKF was retained by the City of Healdsburg to provide utility and streetscape improvements in historic downtown Healdsburg.  The primary objective of this project is to increase pedestrian mobility through enhanced sidewalks. The project is creating pedestrian zones that cater to the passing public, window shoppers and those seeking an outdoor dining experience from restaurants adjacent to the new sidewalks.

  • Sewer, water and storm drain system improvements
  • Increased pedestrian mobility
  • Stormwater and drainage facilities
  • LID measures
  • Public outreach



Sonoma Marin Area Rail Transit (SMART)

BKF is providing on-call services to help SMART manage 70 miles of rail corridor property. BKF's responsibilities include right-of-way project management and support services.

  • 70 miles of rail corridor
  • 37 miles of track surveying and consulting services
  • Determining ownership of parcels, identifying easements and deed restrictions
  • Various legal descriptions and deeds



Tustin/Rose Grade Separation, Orange County

BKF provided design services for a grade separation for the Orange County Gateway Program. The project required extensive coordination with the City of Anaheim, City of Placentia, OCTA, and BNSF.

  • Grade separation of two 6-lane roadways over BNSF rail corridor and OCFCD Flood Control Channel
  • Feasibility report of 4 alternatives
  • Right of way acquisition
  • Utility relocations
  • Traffic handling/stage construction/detours



Wilson Avenue, Vallejo

BKF assisted with the award winning reconstruction of Wilson Avenue along the Mare Island waterfront between Highway 37 and Hitchborn Drive. The project included shifting the alignment of the roadway and incorporating a landscaped median and pedestrian access pathway adjacent to River Park.

  • 2008 Project of the Year (Solano Transportation Authority)
  • 2008 Project of the Year (California State Legislature)
  • 2008 Project of the Year (California State Senate)
  • Extensive community outreach
  • Multi-purpose trail
  • Roadway lighting
  • Native plantings between  trail and estuary edge
  • New vertical transitions improved drainage
  • Storm water quality measures



Highway 87 Widening, San Jose

BKF provided award winning design for the widening of Route 87 from four-lanes to six-lanes, including adding HOV bypasses at on-ramps in Santa Clara County.  In concurrence with the widening improvements, BKF also provided design for widening of the Willow Street Viaduct across the Guadalupe River, settlement repairs along Route 87 and the adjacent bike path, as well as damaged drainage culverts utilizing trenchless technology.

  • 5 miles of roadway from Route 85 to I-280
  • Widening from 4 to 6 lanes
  • New retaining walls
  • Coordination with Caltrans, VTA, and City of San Jose
  • 2009 CELSOC Engineering Excellence Award: Merit Award



Macdonald Avenue Streetscape, Richmond

Envisioned as a gateway “Main Street” the Macdonald Avenue streetscape improvements intend to revitalize the corridor and spur private investment and economic growth in Richmond’s downtown.

  • Streetscape design for approximately 2.7 miles
  • Roadway alignment revision and new medians
  • Street lighting and traffic signals
  • Fiber optic communications system
  • New storm drainage infrastructure
  • Construction management, inspection, and materials testing
  • Utility undergrounding
  • Caltrans permits



Interstate 580 Westbound HOV Widening, Alameda County

Interstate 580 Westbound HOV Widening Project in the Tri-Valley area of Alameda County.

  • 13 miles of Highway Widening
  • Six Bridge Modifications
  • Project Report, EIR, and 2 PS&E Contracts
  • Mandatory/Advisory Fact Sheet Exception Reports
  • Utility Mapping and Conflict Resolution Coordination/Relocation
  • Detailed Stage Construction & Traffic Detours
  • Multi-Jurisdictional Approval
  • Environmentally Sensitive Areas and Constraints
  • Roadway Rehabilitation Analysis
  • Future Express Lanes



G Street/BNSF Grade Separation, Merced

BKF was the Civil Engineer for the G Street Underpass in the City of Merced.

  • Alternatives for Acquisition Impacts
  • Traffic Handling/Stage
  • Construction/Detours
  • Storm Drain Pump Station
  • BNSF Coordination
  • Utility Relocations
  • ADA Compliance
  • Community Outreach/Consensus
  • TCIF Funding
  • Construction Inspection of Pump Station
  • ACEC California 2012 Engineering Excellence Awards: Merit Award



Diridon Tunnel & Station, San Jose

While currently serving as a transit facility for bus and light rail, the Diridon Station will become a major transit hub in implementing the Diridon Station Area Plan and the future high speed rail.

  • Transit Oriented Development Master Plan
  • Intermodal regional hub
  • Light rail, high speed rail, bus, vehicle, bicycle, and pedestrians


Charcot Avenue Extension Project, San Jose

The Charcot Avenue Extension was added to the City’s planned roadway network in 1994 when the San José 2020 General Plan was adopted. Its purpose is to provide a safe multi-modal facility to improve the roadway network connectivity in the area. Objectives include:

• Improve connectivity between residential areas on the east side of I-880 and the North San José commercial area on the west side

• Increase the capacity for east/west travel across the I-880 corridor

• Provide a safe bicycle/pedestrian facility over I-880






Fremont to San Jose

BKF provided preliminary roadway design, utility relocation, topographical survey, agency coordination and project oversight services for the BART extension from Warm Springs in Fremont to San Jose.

  • 16.3 miles of rail
  • 40 rail structures
  • 7 SVRT/BART stations
  • 9 grade separations/roadway reconstructions
  • Utility design within 4-mile tunnel/trench segment
  • Interface with third parties, including UPRR, Caltrans, ACTIA, PCJPB, SCVWD, SFPUC, ACOE, RWQCB, ACWD, and CDF&G



Miller Avenue Streetscape, Mill Valley

The goals of the Mill Valley  Miller Avenue Streetscape project are improving safety and enhancing the street’s functionality as a shopping district and city gateway.

  • Preliminary streetscape and utility plans to define construction costs
  • Technical studies to understand traffic, soils, pavement, and environmental opportunities and constraints
  • Phasing plan to construct improvements that minimize disruption within community and match funding schedules
  • Preparing applications to grant programs – to date, we have secured almost $1 million in external funding
  • Funding plan detailing project elements and development schedule



Roundabout @ Escondido Road, Stanford

Stanford University’s goal is to transform the campus into a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly campus by improving safety and traffic flow at key intersections through the installation of roundabouts. BKF assisted with all phases of the project, including design, plan preparation, and construction support.

  • First roundabout on campus
  • Existing Conditions/Demolition
  • Site Layout/Horizontal Control Plan
  • Signage and Striping Plan
  • Grading and Drainage/Utility Plan



Alpine Road at 280, San Mateo County

Addressing the community’s concern over recent accidents, San Mateo County found funding to create a innovative bicycle buffered lane, never before used in Caltrans’ right-of-way, to improve safety within the Alpine Road and Highway 280 interchange.

  • Critical Schedule to meet grant funding
  • Innovative green pavement treatments
  • Buffered bike lanes for heavily travelled route



SR-4 Crosstown Freeway Project, Stockton

In an effort to provide connectivity of State Route 4 (SR-4) while simultaneously addressing inadequate access and future growth of the Port of Stockton’s West Complex Development Plan, BKF was appointed by San Joaquin Council of Governments (SJCOG) as the prime civil consultant to lead the Project Approval & Environmental Document (PA&ED) team effort.

  • Project Approval & Environmental Document (PA&ED)
  • Coordination with BNSF, CCTC, City of Stockton, County of Stockton, Port of Stockton, and Caltrans
  • Comprehensive public outreach and stakeholder coordination



Belmont Pedestrian/Bicycle Bridge, Belmont

This award winning project located along the 101 corridor, serves to complete bicycle and pedestrian continuity and access across the highway mainline. BKF was responsible for civil engineering design and surveying services for conceptual and final civil designs for the pathways.

  • 2.4-mile pedestrian/bicycle bridge
  • 2012 Project of the Year (APWA Silicon Valley Public Works)
  • 2012 Small Project of the Year - Bridge Engineering Project of the Year (ASCE San Francisco Section)
  • 2012 Outstanding Pedestrian Bridge Project Award (ASCE Region 9)



BART Seismic Retrofit, Alameda
& Contra Costa Counties

BKF worked in conjunction with the  BART Earthquake Safety Program to upgrade seismically vulnerable portions of the original BART system. The project also included roadway/drainage improvements and upgrades to pedestrian/bicycle paths.

  • 10.6 miles of seismic retrofit of R line segment
  • Aerial guideway - 371 piers and abutments
  • 3 bridges (vehicular/pedestrian under-crossings)
  • Design integration at 3 BART substations and 5 parking structures
  • Roadway and drainage improvements



State Route 152/156 Interchange,
Santa Clara & San Benito Counties

BKF provided the civil engineering design and surveying for the award winning Route 152/156 Interchange Project. BKF prepared a Conceptual Design Report which included the development of ten geometric alternatives, incorporating various roadway, bridge, and tunnel configurations.

  • 1.9 miles of highway and expressway reconstruction
  • 9 geometric alternatives
  • CELSOC Engineering Excellence Award
  • CMAA Project of the Year Award
  • APWA Project of the Year Award
  • Mercury News: Number one as most improved traffic relief



Sir Francis Drake Boulevard,
Marin County

Repairing and improving safety along a rural, ecologically sensitive, and highly utilized multi-modal roadway corridor provided challenges to improving 5.2 miles of Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Marin County.

  • Unique Highlights
  • Complete LIDR and traditional field survey along project alignment.
  • Developed repair strategy for roadway using crack and seat technique.
  • Coordinated EIR Preparation
  • Provided multiple design alternatives
  • Improved the roadway’s safety for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists
  • Preserved environmental resources



Santa Clara County Trails, Portola Valley

For more than a decade, BKF Engineers has been assisting Santa Clara County, Stanford University, and Cities throughout the South Bay with the planning and design of various trail segments in order to complete the County’s northern trail network. Through this effort, we have studied more than 30 miles of trail alternatives and have completed more than 10 miles of trails that run along riparian corridors, within County and Caltrans rights of way, through residential communities and on Stanford University lands.

  • Sand Hill/Alpine Road Trail (County’s C-1 Trail)
  • Page Mill Road/”Ramos Ranch” Trail (County’s S-1 Trail)
  • Portola Valley Trail (Continuation of The C-1 Trail)
  • Los Altos Hills Trail (C-2 Trail)
  • Palo Alto/Stanford Perimeter Trail (S-1 Trail)



SR 4 (East) Widening Project - Contra Loma Blvd. to G St., Antioch

The SR 4 (East) project widened SR 4 from a four-lane freeway facility to an eight-lane freeway facility from west of Contra Loma Boulevard to east of G Street.

  • Supplemental PR, PS&E
  • Environmental Re-Validation
  • Geometric Alternative Feasibility Evaluation
  • BART Median Incorporation
  • Interchange Reconstruction
  • Local Street Reconstruction
  • Traffic Signal Installation and Modification
  • Multi-Phased Stage Construction
  • Environmentally Sensitive Areas and Constraints
  • Right of Way Delineation
  • Community Participation and Consensus



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