Caltrans News Release

District 4

Harry Yahata, District Director

Date: August 15, 2000

Contact: Angela Blanchette (510)286-7397

Colin Jones (510)286-5776

* Caldecott Tunnel Construction August 15 - August 20*

Nighttime Lane Closures Scheduled in Caldecott Tunnel

Overnight lane closures are scheduled this week in the Caldecott Tunnel on Highway 24 at the following times:

Crews will be working alternately in Bore #1, the tunnel's southern bore, and in Bore #2, the tunnel's middle bore during this week's closures. The nighttime lane closures are scheduled to replace tunnel guardrails and perform remedial work, such as securing drainage grates and installing slotted pipes.

Two bores of the three-bore tunnel will remain open to eastbound and westbound traffic during these lane closures. Some traffic delays are expected and motorists are advised to use alternate routes or public transportation when possible. All scheduled closures will be clearly marked near the tunnel's entrances to advise motorists.

The lane closures are part of a series of closures scheduled to perform urgent repairs in the Caldecott Tunnel. The first phase of these repairs -- which began in January 2000 to replace concrete slabs, improve the tunnel's drainage system, and replace guardrails at the eastern end of the tunnel -- was completed last week. The second phase of these repairs and other improvements planned this year include replacing the original guardrails at the west end of the tunnel and improving the tunnel's lighting and instrumentation systems.

Motorists can get the latest information on lane closures and construction activities by calling the Caldecott Tunnel construction hotline at (510) 286-7395.