Caltrans News Release

District 4
Harry Yahata, District Director

August 10, 2000
Contact: Colin Jones (510) 286-5776

             NEW MERGE LANE TO OPEN ON I-238 IN HAYWARD

An extra lane on eastbound I-238 in Hayward between I-880 and Mission Blvd. will open to traffic on Friday, August 11th at 6 am, Caltrans officials have announced.

Construction crews have been working for a year on this $3 million project to add a 1.8 mile auxiliary (merge) lane to I-238. As a result, three lanes instead of two will now be available to motorists traveling from I-880 towards Hayward and Castro Valley.

"This extra lane will improve traffic flow by helping to alleviate the bottleneck at the I-238/880 interchange," said Jim McCrank, Caltrans Operations Chief for the Bay Area.

Final striping, signing and paving will be done this tonight to get the lane ready for opening on tomorrow morning.

I-238 in this section is a major truck route because of the big rig restrictions on I-580 through Oakland. 120,000 vehicles a day use I-238, 12% of which are trucks.

Caltrans has allocated $35 million in state funds to widen westbound I-238 from two to three lanes between I-580 and I-880. The Alameda County Transportation Authority (ACTA) has proposed $66 million to widen eastbound I-238 to three lanes between I-880 and I-580 and rebuild the 238/880 interchange in its sales tax expenditure plan on the November ballot.

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