Friday, August 29, 2014

State Route 29-First Street-Napa Off-ramp Closures for Earthquake Related Pavement Repair Saturday, August 28th Starting at 7 a.m.

Date:       August 30, 2014
District:   4 - Oakland
Contact:  Vince Jacala
Phone:     510-286-5206


State Route 29-First Street-Napa
Off-ramp Closures for Earthquake Related Pavement Repair
Saturday, August 30th Starting at 7 a.m.

NAPA COUNTY – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) is performing pavement repair related to Sundays earthquake on State Route 29 at First Street in Napa. 

For worker and public safety, the northbound and southbound offramp from First Street onto State Route 29 will be closed. The work is scheduled to be performed Saturday August 30th at 7 A.M. until 3 P.M.

Motorist are advised to use Imola Avenue.

Motorists should expect delays during closure hours and are advised to use alternative routes if possible. Additional project information will be regularly updated on Twitter @CaltransD4.

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Celebrates the First of 150 Years of Service


Today’s Date:       August 29, 2014
District:                04-Oakland
Contact:               Leah Robinson-Leach         Brigetta Smith
Phone:                 (510) 286-4948                   (510) 286-5898
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                                                                          

The San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Celebrates the First of
150 Years of Service

Oakland—This weekend marks the one-year anniversary of the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge’s opening. Since last Labor Day, nearly 100 million vehicles have crossed the bridge. This structure is not only a major corridor in the Bay Area but one of the most seismically advanced bridges in the world.

“The recent Napa earthquake is a reminder of why we built this unique  structure that dramatically improves safety for all motorists,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty.

The Bay Bridge is just one of thousands of structures in Caltrans’ Seismic Retrofit Program. Initiated after the Loma Prieta and Northridge earthquakes, the program has retrofitted or replaced more than 2,200 existing bridges statewide.

The Bay Bridge east span was built to withstand a major seismic event that occurs once-every-1,500 years. It is also designed to be quickly reopened to traffic following a catastrophic earthquake. Although it appears artfully designed from the outside, the bridge interior contains innovative seismic technology including hinge pipe beams and shear keys that allow movement but keep the bridge operational during an earthquake. As a result of this strength and durability, the Bay Bridge is designated as an emergency lifeline route to be used in disaster response activities.

Crews have already begun to carefully dismantle the old east span section-by-section, in roughly the reverse order of how it was built in the mid-1930s. Work is well underway on the first phase of demolition – removing the east and west halves of the original bridge’s cantilever section – leaving an 800-foot gap. The removal of the old bridge is scheduled to be completed by spring 2016.

The bridge is not only an improvement for motorists but for pedestrians and cyclists as well. Once the demolition of the old span is complete, the path will be extended to Yerba Buena Island. Final completion is expected by fall 2015.

At 2,047 feet long and 258.33 feet wide, the new east span of the Bay  Bridge is the longest single-tower, self-anchored suspension span bridge in the world. It is also the world’s widest bridge, supporting 10 lanes of traffic.

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Interstate 280 Bridge Hinge Replacement Project Road Closure Planned for Labor Day Weekend

Date:              August 28, 2014
District:         4 - Oakland
Contact:        Steven A. Williams                          Allyn Amsk
Phone:          (510) 385-6900 (cell)                       (510) 286-5445


Interstate 280 Bridge Hinge Replacement Project
Road Closure Planned for Labor Day Weekend

San Francisco – Today the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will close northbound Interstate 280 from the U.S. 101/I-280 interchange to downtown San Francisco. The Labor Day weekend closure will begin Thursday, August 28 at 2 p.m. and continue until Tuesday, September 2, at 5 a.m. This closure is necessary to replace two bridge hinges on northbound I-280. The bridge hinges are located near Cesar Chavez Street.

The California Department of Transportation expects that there will be significant travel delay during this northbound closure. Alternate routes should be taken when possible.

Detour: Northbound Interstate 280 traffic will detour to U.S. 101. When travelling during the closure it is strongly advised to call 511 or check with and to use public transportation such as BART, Caltrain, MUNI, and SamTrans.

Full northbound closure Begins: 2 p.m. Thursday, August 28
Full northbound closure Ends: 5 a.m., Tuesday morning, September 2.

Northbound on-ramp closures include:
  • Alemany Boulevard on-ramp
  • U.S. 101 connector to northbound Interstate 280
  • Indiana Street/25th Street on-ramp
  • 18th Street on-ramp

Southbound I-280 will remain open during this closure
For more information about the project, visit the Department’s website at, or follow us on Twitter @caltransd4.

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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

U.S. 101 Drainage Repair and Paving Project Lane Closures to Begin September 2

Date:              August 26, 2014
District:         4 - Oakland
Contact:        Allyn Amsk
Phone:          510/286-5445


U.S. 101 Drainage Repair and Paving Project
Lane Closures to Begin September 2

SONOMA COUNTY – Caltrans has scheduled a drainage repair and paving project to begin on Tuesday night, September 2.  The project will begin with left lane and median shoulder closures on northbound and southbound U.S. 101 between the U.S. 101/State Route 128 Interchange and the Sonoma County/Mendocino County line.

Drainage Repair
  • Lane closures will continue for about two weeks, beginning Tuesday night, September 2.
  • One lane will remain open in each direction, but motorists should expect travel delay and allow additional time to reach their destination.

  • Following the drainage installation, southbound U.S. 101 will be paved between the Sonoma County/Mendocino County line and the U.S. 101/State Route 128 Interchange
  • Work will continue until the end of September.
  • There will be various lane closures during this night work.  Lane closures and work will be announced as soon as the work is scheduled.

If this work is delayed due to weather conditions, it will be rescheduled for a later time. Please 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. The California Highway Patrol will be on site during these closures.

For more information about Caltrans projects in Sonoma County, visit the webpage at and click on Sonoma County.


State Route 29/Sonoma Boulevard in Vallejo Between Florida and Capitol Streets Full Closures Due to Earthquake Inspections

Date:        August 25, 2014
District:    4 - Oakland
Contact:   Vince Jacala
Phone:     510/286-5206


State Route 29/Sonoma Boulevard in Vallejo
Between Florida and Capitol Streets
Full Closures Due to Earthquake Inspections
SOLANO COUNTY –State Route 29/Sonoma Boulevard between Florida and Capitol Streets in Vallejo remains closed as of 5:50 p.m. as crews from Caltrans and other local agencies conduct inspections related to yesterday’s earthquake.
Motorists on northbound and southbound SR-29 through Downtown Vallejo will be detoured by law enforcement. Drivers should expect delays and if possible take alternate routes.
At this time, there is no estimated time of reopening.
Crews are inspecting a church located along SR-29 which was damaged during yesterday’s earthquake.

For real-time traffic, click-on Caltrans Quick Maps at:

Or follow us on Twitter at:


Monday, August 25, 2014


Today's Date: August 21, 2014
District: Oakland, District 4
Contact: Walter Wallace
Phone: (510) 286-6115



Commission also allocates $706 million to repair highways and bridges, improve road safety and reduce congestion

Oakland The California Transportation Commission (CTC) today adopted 148 biking and walking projects, collectively valued at more than $430 million, in the state’s 2014 Active Transportation Program (ATP), making it the nation’s largest. The CTC will allocate nearly $221 million to the projects at its future meetings.

“We started the Active Transportation Program to establish California as a national leader in developing bike and pedestrian facilities,” said California State Transportation Agency Secretary Brian Kelly. “This program adopted today is the nation’s largest state commitment to bicycling, walking and other forms of active transportation. This program will increase transportation options for all Californians while reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving public health and safety.”

“Today’s transportation system is more than just highways,” said Caltrans Director Malcolm Dougherty. “Our Active Transportation Program supports a healthy, active lifestyle that also helps achieve California’s safety, mobility and greenhouse gas reduction goals.”

Last year, Governor Brown signed legislation (Senate Bill 99, Chapter 359 and Assembly Bill 101, Chapter 354) creating the ATP. The new program replaced a patchwork of small grant programs with a comprehensive program. Here are some of the significant projects adopted under the new active transportation program:

East Bay Greenway—Alameda CTC
Complete Streets Implementation for San Pablo Ave and Buchanan St—Albany
International Blvd Ped Lighting and Sidewalk Repair—Oakland
LAMMPS/Laurel, Mills, Maxwell Park and Seminary Active Transportation Connection
San Francisco Safer Streets—SFMTA
HWY 101 Ped/Bike Overcrossing—East Palo Alto

Click here to view a list of all 148 adopted ATP projects. Detailed information about the ATP can be found on Caltrans’ website. The adopted projects comprise two components: the Statewide Program ($183.8 million for 126 projects) and the Small Urban/Rural Program ($37.3 million for 22 projects). Nearly 87 percent ($191.5 million) of the funds for these components are directed at 130 projects that benefit disadvantaged communities.

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“Making it easier and more convenient to walk and bike is a direct investment in our health,” said Mary D. Nichols, Chairman of the California Air Resources Board. “This funding will help cities and counties throughout California take steps to fight air pollution and reduce greenhouse gases.”
Caltrans received approximately 770 applications from cities and counties across California, totaling nearly $1 billion in project requests, an excess in demand of three-to-one. California’s nine largest Metropolitan Planning Organizations (Bay Area, Fresno, Sacramento, San Diego, Southern California, San Jose, Stanislaus, Tulare, and Kern) are still eligible to recommend projects to the CTC on an additional $147 million in active transportation funds designated specifically to their regions based on population. The CTC will adopt projects submitted by MPOs in November.

Continuing the drive to rebuild California’s transportation infrastructure, the Commission also allocated nearly $706 million in funding to 125 transportation projects that will improve and maintain the state’s vital transportation system. More than $552 million of the funding will pay for “fix it first” projects that will repair bumpy pavement, preserve roads in good condition to prevent them from deteriorating, upgrade aging bridges and make roads safer for all.

“To get the most bang for the buck for taxpayers, Caltrans targets dollars where they are most effective - pavement preservation,” said Dougherty. “Every $1 spent on preventive pavement maintenance saves Californians $8 that would have been spent on expensive pavement repairs.”

The allocations also include nearly $21 million from Proposition 1B, a transportation bond approved by voters in 2006. To date, more than $17 billion in Proposition 1B funds have been put to work statewide for transportation purposes.

Here are some of the significant projects that will improve and/or preserve California’s valuable investments in its transportation system that received allocations:

Rehabilitate 6 miles of roadway in St. Helena, Napa County $19,017,000
Rehabilitate 50 miles of roadway along Route 80/580 Junction in Alameda County $13,091,000

Please see the attached file for more information about all projects that received allocations at today’s Commission meeting.

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Bay Area Bridges and Roadways Safe after Earthquake

Today’s Date:          August 24, 2014
District:                     04-Oakland
Contact:                    RocQuel Johnson
Phone:                      (510) 286.4948
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                   

Bay Area Bridges and Roadways Safe after Earthquake

Sonoma/Napa—The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) has inspected Bay Area state highways and structures following this morning’s earthquake. All damage appears to be minor; the damage on Highway 121 and Cuttings Wharf Road in Napa has been temporarily repaired; crews will continue to monitor the location as it remains open to traffic. 

All toll crossing have been inspected and no damage or concerns have been discovered.  All toll crossings and toll facilities are fully operational with no mobility restrictions.

The bridges and roadways are open and safe for travel; please check QuickMap at before you go; Twitter: @caltransD4