Roadshow: Signs on I-80 warn of big paving job



Q: There is always work along Interstate 80 or Highway 4. But the signs that tell you which lanes will be closed ahead are so worn or dirty that you can’t see what they’re saying. I take these signs seriously so I know when to move over.

I bet you’re going to say it’s not in the budget to get new signs either.

Nancy Fong
Brentwood

A: No, I am not. Some new signs will be coming. Work on both I-80 and Highway 4 is going on, and that often includes new signs.

And about some other signs on I-80 …

Q: Caltrans has put up dozens of temporary orange construction signs all along I-80 from Richmond to the Carquinez Bridge. Currently, they are covered over. Do you know what is planned? … Is I-80 going to be repaved? I sure hope so.

Erik Bruce, Shelly Marie and others

A: Your hope will be granted. Caltrans is grinding and paving all lanes and ramps and making ADA improvements. These signs are detour signs that are uncovered when the ramps are being closed and recovered when not in use.

Q: I have commuted from Martinez to Danville for over five years between 7 a.m. and 8 a.m. in the carpool lane and could actually travel at a decent pace. Now, however, the express lane on Interstate 680 is as full, and as slow, as the rest of the lanes going south out of Walnut Creek.

Do you anticipate this getting better?

Helene Kremer
Martinez

A: I hope so. Caltrans will be able to raise the toll or boot out electric cars when speeds fall under 45 mph to reduce the number of vehicles in the express lane.

Q: I have noticed when driving on Danville Boulevard in Alamo going toward Livorna Road the back up that happens especially when Interstate 680 is backed up. When you stop at the light on Danville Boulevard and Livorna Road, there is a left-turn lane into a little road called Livorna Court. It seems like a no-brainer to take out the left lane at Livorna Court and use the extra lane for a right turn and a through-lane to continue down Danville.

Lynne Hilde

A: Alas, this cannot be accomplished, say city officials. The left-turn lane on southbound Danville Boulevard is located directly opposite and aligned with the current northbound left-turn lane. Any conversion to a right-turn or through lane would require an unacceptably short and abrupt transition within the intersection to align with the existing through lane north of the intersection.

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