California Department of Transportation
 

California Department of Transportation

November 10, 2010
District 4 - Oakland
Allyn Amsk (510) 286-5445
Tess Lengyel (510) 893-3347 ext. 111

 New carpool lane completed on I-580 will bring congestion relief to Bay Area motorists
 Project completed for $23 million below budget and one year ahead of schedule

Alameda County – Caltrans and the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) today celebrated the completion of the second phase of a $49 million project that constructed a new carpool lane on eastbound Interstate 580 between Hacienda Drive and Portola Road. The project, which was completed one year ahead of schedule and for $23 million less than budgeted, was funded primarily ($29 million) by Proposition 1B, a $19.9 billion transportation bond supported by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and approved by voters in 2006.

"When the people of California voted for Proposition 1B, they wanted to see results,” said Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. “As the voters intended, with this freeway project, the people of the Bay Area can see their tax dollars at work.”

Since its passage, Caltrans and the California Transportation Commission have allocated nearly $6 billion in Proposition 1B funds to improve California’s transportation system.

“This project provided much-needed jobs and created transportation infrastructure that will benefit the Bay Area now and for decades to come,” said Caltrans Director Cindy McKim.

The project was completed for far less than expected because of the highly-competitive bidding market among contractors seeking business.

“Caltrans has been diligently working with its partners here in the Bay Area to deliver congestion relief while utilizing Proposition 1B funding to its maximum level,” stated Bijan Sartipi, Caltrans District 4 Director. “This project, constructed by Ghilotti Construction, was completed one year early and under the project budget.”

The second phase of the project is the final segment of an 11-mile carpool lane on eastbound I-580 between Pleasanton and Livermore. The daily traffic volume along this stretch averages over 170,000 vehicles. The first segment from Portola Road to Greenville Road opened in October 2009.

The project includes $2.8 Million of Regional Measure 2 (RM2) funds. In March 2004, voters passed RM2, raising the toll on the seven state-owned toll bridges in the Bay Area by one-dollar to fund various transportation projects within the region.

"It is wonderful to see this new lane open knowing that it will bring congestion relief to this vital corridor," said Scott Haggerty, Chair of the Metropolitan Transportation Commission. "The fact that this project received Proposition 1B funding and Regional Measure 2 dollars shows Bay Area residents that their funding efforts are directly benefiting local communities.”

The Alameda County Transportation Commission is a newly-formed countywide transportation agency, resulting from a merger of the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency (ACCMA) and the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA).

"The new carpool lane is an important step in our overall plan to reduce and manage congestion in the Tri-Valley area," said Mark Green, Chair of the ACTC.

 

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