I-80 SMART Corridor Project
Interstate 80 Integrated Corridor Mobility (ICM) Project
The I-80 corridor is one of the most congested in the San Francisco Bay Area, with traffic volumes reaching 290,000 vehicles per day and an average of 7,500 hours of daily traffic delays. However, innovative high-tech solutions to improve highway and transit efficiency throughout the corridor are on the way.
The I-80 SMART (Integrated Corridor Mobility) project, which broke ground in fall 2012, will implement ramp metering and incident management along I-80 from the San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge Toll Plaza in Alameda County to the Carquinez Bridge in Contra Costa County. The purpose of the project is to optimize the use of the existing infrastructure within the corridor by implementing strategies to reduce congestion, reduce travel time, provide real time information to drivers and improve safety. Have you noticed construction on the on-ramps along I-80 between the Carquinez and Bay Bridges, and new signage infrastructure along San Pablo Avenue in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties? This is all part of the project, which is anticipated to be completed in early 2015. Learn more about it in the video below.
The San Pablo Avenue corridor and other I-80 connecting arterials are also included in the project, which is the first of its kind in the Bay Area to integrate freeway and arterial operations into a single system. It is also the first project to use variable advisory speed signs for end-of-queue warnings (helping to reduce secondary accidents), and the first installation of lane use signs in California. Transit will get priority at ramps when they enter the freeway.
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.”
All photos by John Huseby/Caltrans