News

$107 million contract awarded for I-680 northbound express lane

Construction anticipated to start early next year

Alameda County Transportation Commission (CTC), in conjunction with Caltrans, has awarded a $107 million construction contract for the Interstate 680 Sunol Northbound Express Lane project.

The contract, awarded to Concord based Bay Cities Paving & Grading, is for the first phase of a two-phase project that will add a northbound carpool/express lane on I-680 from south of Highway 237 to north of Highway 84, a total of 15 miles. Construction is expected to begin early next year.

"Alameda CTC is keeping its pledge to residents and businesses throughout Alameda County by delivering critical transportation improvements and supporting local jobs with funding from the approval of sales tax Measures B and BB," said Arthur L. Dao, executive director of Alameda CTC. "It is not every day that more than $100 million in local construction work hits the street."

The first phase will widen the existing northbound I-680 freeway and construct a nine-mile express lane between Auto Mall Parkway and Highway 84. It will also modify the adjacent southbound I-680 Sunol express lane, changing the access configuration to allow drivers to enter the lane more freely, similar to the configuration of the Tri-Valley's I-580 express lane corridor.

This new project is the next in a series of Tri-Valley express lanes that have been created in recent years. The I-680 Sunol southbound express lane was the first express lane in the Bay Area, opening in 2010.

Continuing with their express lane push, in 2016, Alameda CTC opened the east- and westbound I-580 express lanes and in October the Metropolitan Transportation Commission opened the I-680 Contra Costa express lanes through the San Ramon Valley.

Comments

20 people like this
Posted by AC
a resident of Blackhawk
on Nov 28, 2017 at 7:08 am

I hope someday they think about 580/680 intersection as well...weekday or weekend, it’s always congested because of the way the intersection is built. It would have worked when there was not much traffic but certainly doesn’t work now.


22 people like this
Posted by Driver G
a resident of another community
on Nov 28, 2017 at 8:35 am

Would be really nice, if they're using the funds to actually widen the road, to make these tax-payer-dollars a value to ALL users, not just a segregated monied few. Not everyone has the financial freedom to throw $30-80 a month (one way, mind you-double that if you're planning on coming home too) to have the privilege to tread in the Extortion Lane.
In CCCo where the new Extortion Lane was opened, all those $millions spent did nothing but reduce legal "freeway" lanes by 25%... from 5AM to 8PM weekdays-No additional lane space was added to accommodate this fiasco... ironically exactly the time block when 100% of the road is needed for the greatest amount of travel! So now congestion reigns regularly, weekdays from 5AM to 8PM pretty much guaranteed.
Who voted to allow these spending herds Willy-Nilly control of our tax dollars to throw away on their schemes?? If nothing else, there needs to be peer-review and community input periods on all these "plans". And before new think-tank bullocks come to light, what about the plans that have been "shelved" because 'funding cannot be found' (SR4/I680 interchange rebuild). Those should get priorities over any new "how can we squeeze out more $ from the naive public" municipal projects.


10 people like this
Posted by P
a resident of Danville
on Nov 28, 2017 at 8:56 am

Driver G,

Amen, brother!

There should be reviews of the "ideas". There should be public feedback.
There should be methods of MEASUREMENT of SUCCESS or FAILURE.

There should be accountability, including personal accountability (people should get promoted and FIRED without pensions, based on the real outcome of their ideas and money=spending actions).

These "ideas" (that carpools and express lanes help traffic, that metering lights help traffic and are FAIR) are part of a large (liberal) AGENDA and are based on firstly bad (unfair, unequal, discriminatory, wrong) Principles and secondly on False Science (even though CalTrans uses a lot of "scientists, experts to justify their ideas).
There is no SAY BY THE PEOPLE. No vote. No true representation.

It is all shoved down our throats by supposedly all-seeing experts, who know whats best for us.
Brain-washed Planners and Follower Politicians.

Bye bye California "freeways"!


3 people like this
Posted by AC
a resident of Blackhawk
on Nov 28, 2017 at 12:48 pm

Good points.

There are other ideas too like sharing lane between north and south 680...move 1 lane from northbound and give to southbound in mornings and reverse on evenings since we know the traffic is high on southbound in the mornings and northbound in the evenings. And yes it’s easier said than done but it’s doable.


18 people like this
Posted by Resident
a resident of San Ramon
on Nov 29, 2017 at 2:03 pm

This is simply double taxation, brought to you be a huge unelected bureaucracy that does not care what you think. Maybe you should think harder next time you vote for state representatives & governor, etc., because the present one-party state government is bringing you these huge unelected bureaucracies that circumvent real democracy. You are getting exactly what your naiveté at the polls allowed to happen.


1 person likes this
Posted by Lisa
a resident of Diablo
on Dec 5, 2017 at 6:53 am

Yes, sadly all the new 680 Express Lane accomplished was taking away incentive for carpools and allow those who can afford it faster passage. Ironically, the lane is now just as congested as the others, so no one acrualky benefits, except the State of California, the County, and CalTrans.


Like this comment
Posted by Lisa
a resident of Diablo
on Dec 5, 2017 at 6:55 am

^actually


Don't miss out on the discussion!
Sign up to be notified of new comments on this topic.

Email:


Post a comment

Posting an item on Town Square is simple and requires no registration. Just complete this form and hit "submit" and your topic will appear online. Please be respectful and truthful in your postings so Town Square will continue to be a thoughtful gathering place for sharing community information and opinion. All postings are subject to our TERMS OF USE, and may be deleted if deemed inappropriate by our staff.

We prefer that you use your real name, but you may use any "member" name you wish.

Name: *

Select your neighborhood or school community: *

Comment: *

Verification code: *
Enter the verification code exactly as shown, using capital and lowercase letters, in the multi-colored box.

*Required Fields

Young Girl, The Roy Moore Story
By Tom Cushing | 78 comments | 1,130 views

Supervisors shopping another sales tax increase
By Tim Hunt | 0 comments | 627 views

"Merry Christmas!" Or not? How about nativity scenes on public land?
By Gina Channell-Allen | 7 comments | 567 views