Earthquake safety construction begins at El Cerrito Plaza Station


Earthquake safety construction begins at El Cerrito Plaza Station

As part of our system-wide Earthquake Safety Program, in July we will begin strengthening structures at the El Cerrito Plaza Station to withstand future earthquakes. While this work is going on, there will be times that we will need to change pedestrian access and traffic flow to the station. Please proceed around construction areas with caution and watch for signs with safety information and other notices. We will fence in the construction areas and you can expect to see heavy-duty construction vehicles such as dump trucks, backhoes and lifts here at the station. You can also expect temporary construction-related noise, and dust, as well as temporary loss of some parking. We will work to minimize any inconveniences. We appreciate your patience and cooperation during this work.

Description: Constructing temporary enclosures, demolishing concrete structures, adding steel and concrete to foundations, wrapping columns with reinforcement, and protecting utilities and equipment

Location: 20 columns throughout the station and at adjacent streets; stairs and other locations

Start Date: July 2010

Duration: Approximately 20 months

General Work Hours: 7 am – 7 pm , Monday through Saturday, with some night work
(Emergency work as necessary)

In addition, in order to strengthen the columns in the station, we will need to remove limited portions of the mosaic murals near the foot of the stairways; however, we plan to restore the murals after the construction is completed.

Similar work to seismically upgrade El Cerrito del Norte Station will occur between late 2011 and mid 2013. We expect to begin a separate project to strengthen the elevated structures along the Ohlone Greenway in fall 2010. Earthquake Safety Program construction will be underway at various other locations throughout the BART system over the next five years. We expect to complete this safety retrofit in 2014. As always, safety is BART’s top priority. Our aim is to strengthen BART as quickly as possible, while maintaining BART service.

To contact the Earthquake Safety Program or obtain additional information, please visit or call our program information line at (510) 412-5546.

Si necesita información en español, por favor llame al (510) 412-5546.