MacArthur Maze to re-open Friday
Governor Schwarzenegger announced today final repairs to the MacArthur
Maze will be completed Thursday night. The freeway interchange
complex will be fully functional
and reopened to traffic Friday.
From the Office of Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger
May 21, 2007
Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger today announced that the repairs to
the MacArthur Maze will be completed Thursday night and the freeway
will reopen for the Friday morning commute.
"Thanks to hard, around-the-clock work of Caltrans and C.C.
Myers, our local partners and businesses, Bay Area motorists can
once again travel through this busy interchange," said Gov.
Schwarzenegger. "Just in time for the holiday weekend, this
roadway will be open in 26 days from when the accident occurred."
At 3:42 a.m. on Sunday, April 29, a gasoline tanker traveling
on westbound 80 to southbound 880 toward San Jose overturned and
caught fire. The intense heat caused the steel frame of the freeway
to soften, and the eastbound 580 connector above collapsed onto
the 880 connector, closing two major arterials in the interchange.
The Governor issued an emergency declaration on April 29 in order
to begin immediate repair and replacement of the interchange in
Emeryville. This declaration streamlined public contracting and
permitting codes and provided emergency funding to allow repair
operations to begin immediately. The emergency declaration also
authorized funding to provide free transit services in the Bay
Area for Monday, April 30.
The Governor toured the site that Sunday and thanked the California
Highway Patrol, Caltrans, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission
and local elected leaders for their immediate response to the
closure. He also thanked the Red Cross and Salvation Army for
their emergency response support and food provisions to workers
in the field.
Cleveland Wrecking Company began immediately to demolish the
damaged section of freeway, and with the help of ACC-West Coast
the southbound 880 re-opened on May 7.
Working very closely and cooperatively, Caltrans and the contractor,
C.C. Myers, steel suppliers from Pennsylvania and Texas, fabricators
in Arizona and Tracy, California, have worked around the clock,
seven days a week to rebuild this section of freeway and restore
mobility for Bay Area motorists.
"I am tremendously proud of CalTrans Director Will Kempton
and the whole CalTrans team. They proved that in an emergency,
this agency can get the job done. I also want to thank the people
of West Oakland for their patience and support during this difficult
process," said Gov. Schwarzenegger.
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