Caltrans District 4 Harry Y. Yahata, District Director

September 8, 2000
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONTACT:
Lauren E. Wonder, 408/232-0228
Bob Haus, 510/286-5576

ROUTE 9/17 INTERCHANGE X-TREME MAINTENANCE
THIS WEEKEND AND NEXT

RAMP CLOSURES IN EFFECT—DETOURS MARKED

 

Caltrans maintenance crews will be out in force both days this weekend and next at the Route 9/17 interchange clearing and grubbing landscaping and debris.

Landscape and road crews will prune trees, mow vegetation, clear trash and replace road markers in each quadrant of this interchange. This will require ramp closures to protect workers and facilitate efficient and quick cleanup. Dump trucks, sweepers, mowers and personnel will work feverishly for several hours each day. This is a rare chance for news crews to get a close-up look at Caltrans crews and heavy equipment performing comprehensive highway maintenance. There will be great images and ambient sound, perfect for either spot news or a weekend feature.

 One quadrant’s on and off-ramps will be closed each day with the other three quadrants remaining open. Detours will direct motorists to the remaining loop ramps to reach final destinations.

"We’d really like to spruce up this interchange by focusing many crews here," said Herman Ramirez, South Bay Maintenance Region Acting Manager.

This will be the first of many concerted clean up efforts on interchanges in Santa Clara County. The recent creation of the South Bay Maintenance Region will help focus maintenance response on highways in the area. Crews were formerly managed under the West Bay Maintenance Region, which will still direct maintenance efforts in San Mateo County.