I-80 connector to I-880 reopens
after eight days of closure
The damaged section of the I-880 MacArthur Maze interstate connector
to traffic in both directions this morning.
Bay City News
May 7, 2007
Both lanes of the westbound Interstate 80 connector to southbound
Interstate 880 in Oakland re-opened today and traffic is moving
smoothly, according to a California Highway Patrol dispatcher.
This comes after a gas tanker explosion caused a portion of the
interchange to collapse eight days ago.
According to a California Highway Patrol dispatcher, the roadway
re-opened at 4:19 a.m., well before its expected opening at 5
Caltrans officials warn that intermittent closures of the southbound
I-880 connector will be required as crews continue to work toward
reconstructing the collapsed portion of I-580.
Reconstruction bids for the I-580 reconstruction are due by 10
a.m. today, and officials are expected accept a low-bid offer
sometime tonight. Construction on the I-580 reconstruction project
should begin Tuesday morning.
The contracted company will be awarded an incentive of $200,000
a day for every day the project is finished ahead of the 50-day
benchmark according to Caltrans Director Will Kempton.
If the project takes longer than 50 days, $200,000 will be subtracted
from the tab each day. Final preparations for the opening of the
connector were made Sunday, according to Caltrans.
On Sunday, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger thanked Caltrans crews
for working "around the clock'' to ensure the connector would
be ready to open today.
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