Thursday, July 27, 2006

Full Night Closures Eastbound I-80 Lanes in Hercules Next Week

The following information concerns a Caltrans project and is not associated with the Parker Avenue Improvements projects:

Caltrans Construction crews will close all lanes of eastbound I-80 in Hercules and traffic will be detoured off the freeway at the eastbound Willow Avenue off-ramp beginning on Monday night July 31st, and continuing each night through Thursday night August 3rd, between the hours of 1:00 a.m. and 5:00 a.m., for the purpose of structure demolition of the eastern portion of the California Street Overcrossing Bridge.

Eastbound I-80 traffic will be detoured off the freeway at the Willow Avenue exit and then right at the end of the ramp onto Willow Avenue west and then onto westbound Parker Avenue and from Parker Avenue to northbound San Pablo Avenue and then back onto eastbound I-80 from San Pablo on-ramp to eastbound I-80 in Crockett.

Traffic delays are anticipated, and motorists are advised to use caution through the area. Motorists are also advised that traffic violations in Maintenance and Construction zones, are subject to double fines and to “slow for the cone zone”.

California Street Overcrossing Replacement

Caltrans is demolishing and replacing the I-80 California Street overcrossing. (This project is not connected with the Parker Avenue Improvements projects.) The County is working with Caltrans to minimize any inconvenience to local residents and businesses by notifying them in advance of upcoming construction activities and detours.

Contract awarded, construction set to begin

The contract for the Parker Avenue Reconstruction project was awarded to Bay Cities Paving and Grading, Inc., out of Concord, California. Bay Cities was the lowest responsive bidder with a bid of $6.1 million. Bay Cities anticipates construction will start during the second week of August.

EBMUD and the City of Pinole have completed their utility relocation work along Parker and San Pablo Avenues. Their work was done in advance of the Parker Avenue Reconstruction project so that their utility lines would not conflict with the construction of the new road surface.

Both Bay Cities and the County inspectors will have project offices on site in downtown Rodeo, most likely at the vacant parcel on the NE corner of Investment and Parker Avenue. Information on how the community may contact the project's Resident Engineers will be posted here soon.

Overview of the Parker Avenue Reconstruction Project

The Parker Avenue Reconstruction Project is an approximately 1-mile long project that seeks to revitalize downtown Rodeo by creating a more pedestrian- and bike-friendly environment. Improvements include new landscaped median islands, a new road surface with bike lanes and street parking, new sidewalks with colored concrete at the downtown intersections, decorative pedestrian lights, benches, improved street drainage, new safety street lights, and many other items intended to improve the overall infrastructure of the downtown.

A traffic signal will be installed at 7th Street and Parker Avenue, and a crosswalk and pedestrian signal will be installed along Parker Avenue between the Post Office and Lefty Gomez Park.