Caltrans News Release
District 4
Harry Yahata, District Director

April 9, 2001
Colin Jones (510) 286-5776
Angela Blanchette (510)286-7397

New Schedule for This Week's Overnight I-80 Freeway and Ramp Closures For Bicycle/Pedestrian Bridge Work in Berkeley

Due to weather conditions and delays in permitting approvals, Caltrans has revised this week's scheduled overnight freeway and ramp closures on Interstate 80 to begin construction of the City of Berkeley's bicycle/pedestrian overcrossing, which will span I-80 near University Avenue. The closures are for installation of scaffolding and other bridge falsework.

The closures are scheduled as follows, weather permitting, and are subject to change:

Monday night, April 9 to Tuesday morning, April 10

Tuesday night, April 10 to Wednesday morning, April 11

Wednesday, April 11 to Thursday morning, April 12

During the full freeway closure of westbound I-80 early Wednesday morning, April 11, traffic will be detoured to the University Avenue off-ramp, eastbound on University Avenue, southbound on San Pablo Avenue, westbound on Ashby Avenue, and then diverted back to westbound I-80.

During the full freeway closure of eastbound I-80 early Thursday morning, April 12, traffic will be detoured to the Ashby Avenue off-ramp, westbound on Ashby Avenue, northbound on San Pablo Avenue, then westbound on University Avenue, and then diverted back to eastbound I-80.

Al freeway lane and ramp closures and detour routes will be clearly marked to advise motorists. Traffic delays are expected, and motorists are advised to use alternate routes if possible.

The bicycle/pedestrian overcrossing will be a $4.5 million state-of-the-art steel arch structure that spans all lanes of I-80, connecting the City of Berkeley with its Marina. Construction of the bridge project, administered by the City of Berkeley, is expected to continue until Fall 2001.