I-80 SMART Corridor Project
Interstate 80 SMART Corridor Project
Have you seen the big electronic signs on westbound Interstate 80 (Eastshore Freeway) between the Carquinez Bridge and the Bay Bridge?
As many as 270,000 vehicles per day use the I-80 corridor, one of the busiest in the Bay Area. The I-80 SMART Corridor Project (I-80 Integrated Corridor Mobility), activated in 2016, represents the most comprehensive Intelligent Transportation Systems in the state. The project implemented a network of integrated electronic signs, ramp meters and other state-of-the-art elements along the 20-mile corridor between the Carquinez Bridge and the Bay Bridge to enhance motorist safety, improve travel time reliability and reduce accidents and associated congestion.
Real-time traffic information, including variable advisory speed signs and blocked lane signs, allow drivers to make informed decisions in the event of an incident. Ramp meters and real-time message signs along the corridor contribute to optimized roadway operations and improved safety, and are integrated with, and managed from, the Traffic Management Center at the Caltrans Bay Area headquarters in Oakland. Additional improvements include adaptive ramp metering on 43 on-ramps to reduce merging conflicts and manage traffic volumes on I-80.
Caltrans and Alameda CTC, in collaboration with the Contra Costa Transportation Authority and the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee, held a groundbreaking ceremony for the Interstate 80 ICM Project on October 19, 2012 at Shorebird Park in Emeryville. See the photos of the event below.
“Safer and more efficient and reliable traffic flows along I-80 are essential to the current and future vitality of the Bay Area,” said Alameda CTC Chair Mark Green, at the project groundbreaking. “Alameda CTC is working to ensure that county and regional transportation systems will run as smoothly as possible and keep up with demand as the Bay Area’s population grows—using high-tech solutions to increase capacity on our existing roadways. This project means time savings and greater convenience for Bay Area residents and businesses that rely on the I-80 corridor.”
Ribbon Cutting Celebration - September 19, 2016
“By making I-80 smarter, we are making it work better for everyone — commuters, goods movement, transit, carpools, and local road users,” said Alameda CTC Chair Rebecca Kaplan. “The commitment of local voters who passed both the Alameda and Contra Costa County sales tax measures, as well as the state bonds in 2006, is what made this critical work possible. We are proud to work together to bring these solutions to our communities to make sure people can reliably get where they need to go — to work, to education or to families.”
All photos by John Huseby/Caltrans