March 6, 2001
Contact: Colin Jones (510) 286-5776
Bob Haus (510) 286-5576
CONTRACTS AWARDED FOR MAJOR REPAVING OF
I-880 IN EAST BAY
A major repaving project on a 25-mile section of the Nimitz Freeway from Oakland to Fremont is set to begin this spring, Caltrans officials have announced.
The $45 million contract has been awarded to Granite Construction Company of Watsonville and O.C. Jones of Berkeley. This is the first major upgrade of I-880 in over 20 years. The freeway carries an average of 200,000 vehicles per day.
"This will be one of the largest repaving projects ever in the Bay Area," said Caltrans District Director Harry Yahata. "The Nimitz Freeway gets a tremendous amount of wear and tear so this upgrade is welcome news for motorists."
Construction crews will resurface the existing pavement with a new layer of rubberized asphalt and replace concrete slabs. 350,000 tons of mix will be used to repave the corridor resulting in over one million tires being recycled instead of discarded.
Work will generally be done during overnight hours Mondays through Fridays with various lanes and ramps to be closed in both directions between High Street in Oakland and Mission Blvd. in Fremont.
The contractors will be fined $5,600 for every 10 minutes of delay in opening lanes for the morning commute.
Construction is expected to last 1½ years with completion in fall 2002.