At this year’s Project Awards Luncheon for the Northern California Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA), the City of Fremont was presented with two awards: the 2018 Exceptional Performance Award in Sustainability Practices for Climate Action Plan Implementation and the 2018 Public Works Project Award in Transportation for the Niles Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project (in the project cost category of $5 million to less than $25 million).
The Sustainability Practices Award recognizes the City’s efforts in implementing Fremont’s Climate Action Plan. Significant accomplishments include the widespread conversion of public street, park, and facility lighting to LEDs; installation of water-efficient plumbing and irrigation systems at City facilities; deployment of publicly accessible car sharing services and EV charging stations; construction of solar carports at City facilities; and demonstration of a solar plus energy storage microgrid project on City fire stations.
The Transportation Award recognizes the Niles Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project and the City’s efforts in successfully navigating the challenges of replacing a seismically deficient bridge over operating Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) and Union Pacific Railroad tracks, while safely maintaining train operations and managing continuous local traffic. The Niles Boulevard Bridge connects Fremont to Union City and opened to the public on August 24, 2017. The replacement project was funded with state and federal grants and cost approximately $10 million.
The City is honored to receive these two prestigious awards and looks forward to integrating the lessons learned from the Niles Bridge Project into future transportation projects. The City also plans to continue efforts in promoting clean energy and creating a healthy and sustainable future for the Fremont community.
For more information on the Niles Boulevard Bridge Replacement Project, please contact the City’s Engineering Division at 510-494-4700 or by email.
For more information on the City’s sustainability initiatives, please contact Sustainability Manager Rachel DiFranco at 510-494-4451 or by email.