SAN PABLO -- Two public meetings are set for this month to share information about a $113.5 million project aimed at easing traffic on Interstate 80.

The two meetings will include presentations and question and answer periods. The first is scheduled for Sept. 12 and the other on Sept. 25. Both are 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Riverside Elementary School, 1300 Amador St. in San Pablo.

The major I-80 modifications are set for interchanges at San Pablo Dam Road, McBryde Avenue, and El Portal Drive.

"We want to respond to current and future traffic demands and reduce congestion," said Caltrans spokesman Allyn Amsk.

The project is located within San Pablo and unincorporated Contra Costa County areas, and borders Richmond city limits.

Proposed improvements include:

  • Replacement and widening of the congested San Pablo Dam Road overcrossing.

  • Relocation of McBryde Avenue access from westbound I-80.

  • Relocation of El Portal Drive access to westbound I-80.

  • Realignment of Amador Street to intersect with San Pablo Dam Road further east.

  • Replacement of the I-80/Riverside Avenue pedestrian overcrossing serving Riverside Elementary School and extending it across Amador Street.

    Project spokeswoman Tracy Cook said construction could begin in late 2014.

    But the project is not yet fully funded, according to Caltrans officials.


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    The $113.5 million project has about $33 million secured from multiple sources, including $3 million from San Pablo, $3 million from Measure J, a voter-approved transportation sales tax, and $23 million from state and regional transportation funds.

    "We will be seeking additional funds from state, federal and local sources," Amsk said.

    Input will also be sought at the meetings on the proposed landscaping and aesthetic treatment.

    More information on the proposed improvements can be found at www.ccta.net.

    Contact Robert Rogers at 510-262-2726 or rrogers@bayareanewsgroup.com. Follow him at Twitter.com/roberthrogers