Tuesday, February 10, 2015

State Route 24 - Caldecott Tunnels-Mandatory Emergency Response Drill-Overnight Tunnel Closure-Feb 20

State of California • Department of Transportation


Date: February 10, 2015
District: 4 - Oakland
Contact: Vince Jacala Contact: Bob Haus
Phone: 510/286-5206 Phone: 510/286-5576

For Immediate Release

State Route 24 - Caldecott Tunnels
Mandatory Emergency Response Drill-Overnight Tunnel Closures
Start Friday, February 20 at 10:00 PM

ALAMEDA and CONTRA COSTA COUNTIES – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) will conduct its annual mandatory emergency response drill at the State Route 24 (SR-24) – Caldecott Tunnel (Bore #4), Westbound, between Oakland and Orinda.

The mandatory four-hour emergency response drill begins Friday, February 20 at 10:00 PM and concludes Saturday, February 21 at 4:00 AM. The exercise is weather permitting. This drill was rescheduled from December 2014 to February 2015 due to weather.

For the safety of crews and the public, Bore 4 will be closed. Traffic will be redirected to Bore 3 during the drill. Bores 1 and 2 will remain open during the exercise.

Traffic control and message signs will be provided ahead of the tunnel bores to help direct motorists.

The mandatory emergency response drill will be a coordinated effort including the CHP, Oakland Fire Department, Moraga-Orinda Fire District, and Caltrans-Tunnels & Tubes Department Staff.

During this exercise, there will be fire simulation, crash simulation, and simulated smoke. Motorists should expect delays and plan for extra travel time.

For the latest Caltrans information, go to our District website at: www.dot.ca.gov/dist4
Or visit www.caledcott-tunnel.org for additional information and updates.

You can also follow us on Twitter at: http://twitter/com/CaltransD4
Caltrans appreciates your patience as we maintain California’s highways and tunnels.

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