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Richmond: More ramp and lane closures for I-580 work near bridge

Caltrans issued the following release today about lane and ramp closures for its Interstate 580 Scofield Avenue and Western Drive Bridge Decks Replacement Project:

Eastbound Lane and Ramp Closures Continue

Contra Costa County – Eastbound lane and ramp closures continue for the Interstate 580 construction project east of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.

· Tonight, Friday, October 4th, Caltrans will close one eastbound lane from 8 p.m. to 8 a.m.
· The eastbound on-ramp from Western Drive to Interstate 580 will also be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Eastbound traffic is in a split lane configuration: one left lane, one right lane, and construction taking place in an island between the lanes. Due to this lane configuration, during construction, the left eastbound lane and Western Drive on-ramp will be closed to allow for staging of equipment. Those closures are essential for the safety of construction workers and the travelling public.

Beginning Sunday night, October 6th, one eastbound lane will be closed according to the following schedule:

· Sunday night, 10 p.m. to 6 a.m.
· Monday through Thursday night, 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

In addition, the eastbound on-ramp from Western Drive will be closed Sunday night through Thursday night, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. These closures are expected to continue through October.

Caltrans has observed that during the day, some drivers are confused about the eastbound lane configuration. Please be aware that when both lanes are open, either lane will take motorists through the construction zone. They will remain on eastbound I-580.

This is an active construction site and the 45 MPH speed zone will be enforced by the California Highway Patrol. Drive cautiously through the construction zone and leave a safe traveling distance between your vehicle and the vehicle ahead of you. Please remember to “Slow for the Cone Zone.”

For more information about the project, call the message line at (510) 286-5820 or visit the Caltrans webpage at http://www.dot.ca.gov/dist4/580scofieldave/

Chris Treadway