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Officials Share Details About Proposed I-680 Express Lanes

Project managers and planners explain to how the project would be built at a public meeting in Fremont.

 

A small, but curious crowd attended a public meeting Thursday evening in Fremont to learn details about a proposed high occupancy vehicle/express lane project that would slice through the city on northbound Interstate 680.

Officials from the California Department of Transportation and the Alameda County Transportation Commission were on hand to answer questions about the 15-mile project that would follow the freeway from just south of the State Route 237 interchange in Milpitas to State Route 84 near Sunol in unincorporated Alameda County.  

Express lanes give solo drivers the ability to pay a toll in order to use a lane normally used by carpoolers. Express lanes are already available on southbound I-680 between SR 84 and SR 237. The construction of those lanes began in fall 2008 and was completed in 2011, according to the  Caltrans website.

Regional Project manager Emily Landin-Lowe said the $200 million project is still in the environmental planning stage and that Thursday’s meeting was part of the process.

The meeting, which attracted more than a dozen community members, took place in an auditorium at Chadbourne Elementary School. Visitors had a chance to inspect more than a dozen maps, charts and informational signs that explained how the project, called the I-680 Northbound HOV Express Lane Project would be built and how planners would address environmental concerns.

Several project planners also were on hand to answer questions and address concerns from visitors about specific elements of the project including road and bridge widening, and the modification of overcrossings and connecting ramps.

Other major elements of the project, According to Alameda CTC, include:

  • Addition of the express lanes
  • Construction of auxiliary lanes for connecting on-ramps and off ramps at Jacklin Road, Scott Creek Road, Mission Boulevard, Durham Road, Washington Boulevard and Mission Boulevard
  • Modification of overcrossing and undercrossing of structures
  • Demolition and replacement of Sheridan Road overcrossing
  • Widening of Alameda Creek Bridge
  • Installation of electric tolling equipment and signage
  • Modification of existing ramp metering equipment.

The next step in the process is to include public input from this and other meetings held in communities along the project corridor into a draft environmental impact report. Landin-Lowe said it’s too early to set a specific date for completing the project until environmental concerns are solved and construction has started.

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John October 05, 2012 at 10:05 PM
The only real detail about a toll road is that they are finding ways to increase taxes upon people in inventive ways....and hurt those that have to travel farther to their job. How many toll roads are there in wealthy areas like Atherton, los gatos, beverly hills, bel air....etc!
Tim October 05, 2012 at 10:47 PM
The tolls are an attempt to reduce congestion. There aren't tolls in Atherton because you don't have the congestion you have like 580/680 at peak commute times. But, speaking of rich areas, there are plenty of toll roads in rich Orange County, CA (State Routes 73, 133, 241, 261) https://www.thetollroads.com/ At the same time, there are no tolls in the poorer areas of LA County like Van Nuys, Compton, etc.
Nadja Adolf October 06, 2012 at 09:43 PM
Actually, there are a number of privately built toll roads in Orange County. We used to live in Palo Alto, and there is an enormous amount of congestion all of the way from San Francisco, through San Carlos, Burlingame, Atherton, and all the way down to Santa Clara. There are no tolls on the peninsula because the locals have wealth and political power and will use both to stop any proposed tolls. There are NO "Transit Oriented Developments" or "Low income high-density form based zoning projects" planned for Palo Alto, Atherton, etc. The residents in Palo Alto revolted over the few projects that were built, and the city declined to pursue future projects, stating that it would destroy the "essential character" of the city.
Tim October 06, 2012 at 11:52 PM
I used to live in San Mateo, and yes 101 is heavy but moving, and 280 is a nice alternate.... neither is anything like the parking lot that is 580 west in the morning and east in the afternoon. Not even close.

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