By Katie Nelson

Plans for express lanes on northbound Interstate 680 from Milpitas to Pleasanton will be the subject of public hearings next week.

Meetings will be held Oct. 3 and 4 in Pleasanton and Fremont, and will air proposals by CalTrans and the Alameda County Transportation Commission to build a 15-mile express lane from State Route 237 to State Route 85 on 680.

The express lanes would go through Milpitas, Fremont, Sunol and Pleasanton.

Express lanes give solo drivers the option to pay toll in order to use a lane used by carpoolers.

The meetings are an opportunity to collect community comments on environmental studies on the I-680 Northbound HOV Express Lane project.

The Pleasanton meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 3 at Hearst Elementary School, 5301 Case Ave. The Fremont hearing will be at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 4 at Chadbourne Elementary School, 201 Plymouth Ave.

According to the commission, the project would include the addition of the express lanes, widening of roads, construction of auxiliary lanes for connecting on-ramps and off-ramps at Jacklin Road, Scott Creek Road, Mission Boulevard, Durham Road, Washington Boulevard and Mission Boulevard, as well as the widening of Alameda Creek Bridge, among other changes.

Express lanes are already in place on southbound 680 between SR 85 and SR 237.

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