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Richmond: More lane and ramp closures for I-580 construction

Caltrans issued the following announcement Friday:

Interstate 580 Scofield Avenue and Western Drive
Bridge Decks Replacement Project

Eastbound Lane and Ramp Closures Continue Next Thursday, October 24

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

· On Thursday, October 24th, Caltrans will close one eastbound lane from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
· The eastbound on-ramp from Western Drive to Interstate 580 will also be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

On Thursday night, October 24, Caltrans will shift eastbound lanes to the left side of the Scofield Avenue Bridge, and lanes will no longer be in a split traffic configuration. Construction will take place on the right side of the bridge. Bridge deck construction is expected to be complete in December 2013. Depending on weather conditions, some paving may remain to be completed next spring.

Eastbound traffic is currently in a split traffic configuration, with one left lane, one right lane, and construction taking place in an island between the lanes. 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. Due to narrower lanes and concrete barriers on both sides of the lane, drivers are slowing down in the construction site. Please allow at least an additional 20 minutes for the eastbound afternoon commute.

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