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Posted on January 22, 2014 at 12:47 PM by Suzanne Iarla
Project 2: Local Roadway Realignment – aimed at improving traffic flow along Central Avenue by increasing the spacing between the signalized intersections and eliminating the blockage of through traffic along Central Avenue by left-turning traffic onto Pierce Street. The traffic signal at Central Avenue/Pierce Street will be removed and access at this intersection will be restricted to “right-in/right-out” where no left turns will be allowed. Left turns into Pierce Street will be accommodated at the intersection of Central Avenue and San Mateo Street which will be signalized and widened to provide adequate storage for left turns. San Mateo Street will be also realigned to connect with Pierce Street.
Funding for Project 2 includes $9.9 million in Measure J funds and $7.1 million in future STMP funds. Some of the initial project benefits that have been identified include
• Increases traffic signal spacing between eastbound I-80 ramps and Pierce St from approximately 100 feet to 450 feet between eastbound I-80 ramps and San Mateo St
• Increases vehicle queuing capacity on Central Ave at San Mateo St by providing additional turn lanes including a westbound left-turn lane
• Improved operations will lessen vehicle idling resulting in improved air quality
In June 2012, the environmental phase of Project 1, which included several technical studies, was completed when Caltrans issued a Class I Categorical Exemption (CE) under the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), which applies to minor alterations of existing transportation facilities. Design plans for Project 1 will be developed later this year following approval by the City of Richmond given that all the Project 1 improvements are located within the City of Richmond. El Cerrito staff submitted to Richmond staff a letter of support for moving forward with this next phase of Project 1. City of Richmond will be considering approval of Project 1 in this coming month.
Given the greater complexity of Project 2 as compared to Project 1, Richmond and El Cerrito staff are in communications with CCTA as to which agency will take the lead on the environmental phase of this second project. For more information about the I-80/Central Avenue Interchange Improvements Project, please contact Yvetteh Ortiz, Interim Public Works Director/City Engineer at (510) 215-4382.
Tag(s): traffic, I-80, Central Ave