PLEASANT HILL -- The stretch of Buskirk Avenue between Elmira Avenue and Hookston Road is closed to traffic until December while the city widens the roadway.

Motorists traveling south on Buskirk Avenue toward Walnut Creek should use Elmira Avenue and Hookston Road instead.

Buskirk Avenue, which runs behind the Crossroads Shopping Center to the east, connects Monument Boulevard in Pleasant Hill and Treat Boulevard in Walnut Creek. Commuters use the roadway to reach the Pleasant Hill BART station from Interstate 680 and neighborhoods in Concord and Walnut Creek.

The design calls for widening Buskirk from two lanes to four behind the shopping center, straightening the existing bend, known as the S-curve, and putting in two eastbound lanes and one westbound lane along that stretch of roadway.

The city will create a new intersection and install a traffic signal at Clarie Drive and Buskirk Avenue. A second stoplight will be put in at the T-intersection where Buskirk continues south toward Walnut Creek.

The project also calls for closing off part of Hookston Road to vehicle traffic and converting it into a greenbelt area with trees, landscaping and a pedestrian path.

For more information about the project and to sign up for email updates, visit: http://www.ci.pleasant-hill.ca.us/buskirk.

Lisa P. White covers Martinez and Pleasant Hill. Contact her at 925-943-8011. Follow her at Twitter.com/lisa_p_white.


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