Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 1:46 pm in Misc. Transportation.
Readers, if you’re going somewhere in Oakland near the Coliseum, beware! Traffic is moving at a crawl on northbound Interstate 880 near the Coliseum at this very moment – 1:30 p.m. Thursday afternoon. Debris spilled on 880 near the 16th Avenue exit, according to the California Highway Patrol Web site. Two lanes on northbound 880 are blocked starting at High Street and big rigs are allowed to use westbound Highway 580 to circumvent the jam-up.
According to reports, a load of concrete spilled and tore a hole in the road. Caltrans is repairing the roadway. The tie-up in the northbound lanes is expected to last until around 6:30 p.m.
Southbound traffic looks fine, which should be a mercy for commuters heading home from San Francisco.
As it happens, the Queen is currently working from the Oakland Tribune office and looking down on the traffic jam from the ninth floor. The backup is visible as far as the eye can see. A kind (and well-prepared!) fellow reporter, Cecily Burt, loaned the Queen her binoculars and the Queen was able to spy two empty northbound lanes beginning right after the 16th Street exit.