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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/

Posted on Friday, October 18th, 2013
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El Cerrito wants input on its plans for San Pablo Avenue, active transportation, urban greening

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Does your vision of an ideal San Pablo Avenue in El Cerrito resemble the rendering above? Do you have something completely different in mind? Your chance to sound off about this and related topics comes at a city-hosted workshop on Saturday.

El Cerrito encourages the community to attend an open house from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Oct. 19 to learn about and give input on four major planning efforts. The event at the Community Center, 7007 Moeser Lane, will discuss the San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan, the Complete Streets Plan, the Urban Greening Plan and the Active Transportation Plan.

A presentation on the initiatives will be given at 9 a.m. and again at 11 a.m.

The San Pablo Avenue Specific Plan includes regulations for private development in the area, including new building size, density, parking, sustainability and open space requirements.

The Complete Streets Plan includes policies and facilities to better accommodate bus, bicycle and pedestrian travel along San Pablo.

The Active Transportation Plan addresses bicycle and pedestrian facilities and programs citywide.

The Urban Greening Plan includes “projects and policies to increase and enhance the city’s open space.”

For more details on the open house, visit www.el-cerrito.org/commdev or contact Emily Alter at ealter@ci.el-cerrito.ca.us or (510) 215-4385.

Posted on Friday, October 18th, 2013
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Throwback Thursday: Bay Bridge under construction in 1935

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The project that would change the Bay Area forever still had a long way to go when this aerial photo of Bay Bridge construction was published in 1935. The photo includes an East Bay panorama with undeveloped hills in Berkeley and Oakland and Mt. Diablo looming in the background.

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A closer look shows the cantilever section on the east side, the comparatively easy part of the project, is progressing nicely. No decks have been built on the western section, but the towers and anchorage are in place.

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Zooming in again gives a better look at the ferry boat passing between the tower and the anchorage. There is no Treasure Island off of Yerba Buena Island, no Eastshore Highway along the eastern shoreline and no prehistoric version of the MacArthur Maze yet.

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As for work on the cantilever section, this is what it looked like with no roadway in another photo from February 1935.

Posted on Thursday, October 17th, 2013
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Richmond: Officer Bradley A. Moody Memorial Underpass project update includes 24-hour construction work next weekend

Work on the underpass being built to circumvent the train tracks crossing Marina Bay Parkway intensifies next weekend, according to the latest update from the Richmond city manager:


Officer Bradley A. Moody Memorial Underpass Project Update – Night Work Scheduled for October 18 – 20

The Bradley A. Moody Memorial Underpass Project involves the construction of a roadway underpass on Marina Bay Parkway between Meeker Avenue and Regatta Boulevard, and is intended to resolve long-standing access limitations to the Marina Bay Area caused by frequent train crossings. In early September, Marina Bay Parkway was closed to traffic. This closure will remain in place for approximately 18 months.

This week, while utility relocation work continued, the second of three shipments of steel piles for the Deep Soil Mix (“DSM”) walls arrived at the site and DSM construction continued. This work is one of the most time-critical operations for the project, and the community can expect DSM work to take place on most weekends during this phase of the project.

Of note, during excavation work conducted this week, the contractor successfully avoided two undocumented live utility facilities. As noted in prior reports, unknown utilities are a problematic but unavoidable risk, and the contractor’s expertise and standard of care avoided potential utility outages in these cases.

For the week of October 14th, crews will continue utility relocation work and DSM production. As noted in prior reports, certain segments of the DSM and bridge construction work will necessarily require closure of the railroad to train traffic. The first of these closure windows are proposed for next week: On October 16th, 17th and 18th, train traffic will not be permitted to use the crossing during the workday hours. These work windows may result in increased train activity in the nighttime hours.

On October 19th, 20th and 21st, the first of up to six weekend, 24-hour a day closure windows are scheduled. Community members can expect work on the project to continue for 24 hours a day on these days. While disruptive, these weekend work shifts are necessary to complete the project, and the project team appreciates the community’s patience.

For additional information and to be added to the project update contact list, please see the project website at www.moodyup.com. You can also follow the project on twitter: @moodyunderpass.

Posted on Monday, October 14th, 2013
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Richmond: Caltrans update on Interstate 580 Scofield Avenue and Western Drive construction

Caltrans has issued an update on its Scofield Avenue and Western Drive bridge replacement project on Interstate 580 leading to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge that has created heavy traffic and some confusion for motorists:

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 11th, 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 traffic configuration, with 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 eastbound Western Drive on-ramp will be closed to allow for staging of equipment, materials, and workers. Those closures are essential for the safety of construction workers and the travelling public.

Closures for one eastbound lane and the eastbound Western Drive on-ramp will continue next week according to the following schedule:

· Eastbound I-580 lane: Monday through Thursday night, from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m.
· Eastbound Western Drive on-ramp: Monday through Thursday, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

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 20 additional minutes for the eastbound afternoon commute.

This current lane configuration will continue until the end of October. Then Caltrans will shift lanes to the left to allow the contractor to work on the right side of the eastbound bridge deck. The project is scheduled to be completed in December.

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/

Posted on Sunday, October 13th, 2013
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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/

Posted on Friday, October 4th, 2013
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Richmond: Lane closure tonight on Interstate 580 before toll plaza

Caltrans has announced a lane closure and traffic shift tonight on westbound Interstate 580 leading to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge.
The notice from the agency:

Interstate 580 Scofield Avenue and Western Drive Bridge Decks Replacement Project

Traffic Shift Planned for Eastbound Interstate 580

Contra Costa County – Tonight, September 30, Caltrans will close one lane of westbound Interstate 580 from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m., from Marine Street to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Toll Plaza. The eastbound on-ramp from Western Drive to Interstate 580 will also be closed from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Tomorrow, October 1, Caltrans will close the far right lane at the Richmond-San Rafael Toll Plaza, from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m., from Castro Street to the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge Toll Plaza. This closure is necessary to build the foundation for a new overhead sign. Please be alert for construction workers during this lane closure.

Ongoing Construction
On Wednesday night, October 2, Caltrans will shift traffic for eastbound Interstate 580 just east of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Caltrans will close one eastbound lane from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m., and also close the eastbound on-ramp from Western Drive to Interstate 580, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m.

Eastbound traffic will be moved to a split traffic configuration, with one left lane, one right lane, and construction taking place in an island between the lanes. With this lane configuration, it is imperative that drivers slow down and observe the construction speed limit of 45 MPH. The California Highway Patrol will be on site to enforce this speed limit and to maintain safety for motorists and construction workers.

In general, after the traffic shift, the eastbound Western Drive on-ramp will be closed Sunday night through Thursday night, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. The left eastbound lane will be closed on Sunday night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Monday through Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m.

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/

Posted on Monday, September 30th, 2013
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Richmond: Caltrans I-580 work will mean another traffic shift

A heads up to motorists who use Interstate 580 and the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Caltrans will shift lanes again for its ongoing Interstate 580 Scofield Avenue and Western Drive Bridge Decks Replacement Project.
The agency issued the following announcement Wednesday:

Traffic Shift Planned for Eastbound Interstate 580

Contra Costa County – Tomorrow, September 26, and Friday, September 27, from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m., Caltrans will close the far right lane of three lanes of westbound Interstate 580 just east of the Richmond-San Rafael Toll Plaza. This closure is necessary in order to build the foundation for a new overhead sign. Cash lane drivers will merge left to the center lane, since the far right lane will be closed. Please be alert for construction workers during this lane closure.

Ongoing Construction
On Wednesday night, October 2, Caltrans will shift traffic for eastbound Interstate 580 just east of the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge. Eastbound traffic will be moved to a split traffic configuration, with one left lane, one right lane, and construction taking place in an island between the lanes. With this lane configuration, it is imperative that drivers slow down and observe the construction speed limit of 45 MPH. The California Highway Patrol will be on site to enforce this speed limit and to maintain safety for motorists and construction workers.

In general, after the traffic shift, the left eastbound lane will be closed on Sunday night from 10 p.m. to 6 a.m., and Monday through Thursday nights from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. The eastbound Western Drive on-ramp will be closed Sunday night through Thursday night, from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m. Detour: during eastbound Western Drive ramp closures, motorists will travel westbound across the Richmond-San Rafael bridge, exit at San Quentin, cross under the freeway and take the eastbound I-580 on-ramp.

Note: this ramp closure will not affect motorists traveling through the construction zone from Contra Costa County westbound across the Richmond-San Rafael Bridge, or motorists travelling eastbound from Marin County.

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/

Posted on Wednesday, September 25th, 2013
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Albany police plan distracted driving enforcement on Friday

Motorists should think twice about texting and driving, but especially in Albany this Friday.
From the Albany Police Department:

DISTRACTED DRIVER OPERATIONS
September 17, 2013
On Friday, September 20, 2013, officers from the Albany Police Department
will focus their enforcement efforts on drivers using hand-held phones and texting. Distracted driving is the cause of thousands of crashes every day and talking or texting while driving is never worth a collision, injury or death.
With the increase in the prevalence of smartphones and other hand-held devices, more and more drivers engage in distracted driving. In 2011 alone, 3,331 people were killed in accidents involving inattentive drivers.
The Albany Police Department is funding this enforcement effort through a $29,000 grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS) for a year-long program aimed at preventing deaths and injuries on our roadways through special enforcement and public awareness efforts. Funding for this program is through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
The Albany Police Department is committed to helping keep the streets safe both through enforcement and education. Simple steps can help prevent you from reaching for your phone:
• turn off, or silence, your phone
• ask a passenger to text or call for you
• pull over & park safely if you absolutely must make a call or text
For additional information, please contact Sgt Chris Willis, 510-525-7300, cwillis@albanyca.org

Posted on Wednesday, September 18th, 2013
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Richmond: Fire department training held at historic Pullman building

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The academy for Richmond Fire Department trainees held a nighttime drill recently at the Tradeway Carpet warehouse on Carlson Boulevard.
The warehouse is significant as one of the last buildings standing from the former Pullman Shops that opened in November 1910 and serviced train cars until it closed in 1959. (Click here to learn more about the Pullman history.)
The postcard below from around 1913 shows workers leaving the facility, which had only become part of Richmond in 1912. Before that it was its own community and there were numerous suggestions about incorporating on its own, or with the neighboring and unincorporated Stege community, or with those two and the tiny community known as Rust, now El Cerrito.
Richmond put the question of adding Pullman and Stege to voters in 1912. Richmond voters strongly favored the idea of adding 2,000 residents and more than two square miles down to the waterfront. It was a little closer in the areas being annexed (see bottom, from the May 29, 1912 San Francisco Call).

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Posted on Friday, September 6th, 2013
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