Community members are invited to learn more about plans to construct express lanes on northbound Interstate 680, according to the Alameda County Transportation Commission.
The meetings will be held in Pleasanton and Fremont on Oct. 3 and 4, respectively.
CalTrans and Alameda CTC are proposing to build a 15-mile high occupancy vehicle (HOV)/express lane from State Route 237 to State Route 84 on northbound I-680. The express lanes would travel through Milpitas, Fremont, Sunol and Pleasanton.
Express lanes give solo drivers the ability to pay toll in order to use a lane used by carpoolers.
The public meetings are being held in Fremont and Pleasanton in order to collect comments from the community about environmental studies about the project, which has been named the I-680 Northbound HOV Express Lane Project.
According to Alameda CTC, the project would include the:
- Addition of the express lanes
- Widening of roads
- 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
In March, the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority opened express lanes on SR 237 at Interstate 880. The express lanes spanned four miles and were once carpool lanes.
Express lanes are already available on southbound I-680 between SR 84 and SR 237. The construction of those lanes first began in fall 2008 and was completed in 2011, according to Caltrans’ website.
The public meetings for the northbound I-680 express lane project are as follows:
- Oct. 3 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Hearst Elementary School – 5301 Case Ave. in Pleasanton
- Oct. 4 from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
- Chadbourne Elementary School – 201 Plymouth Ave. in Fremont