California is known for having some of the worst roads -- and traffic -- in the country, but relief will soon be on the way for drivers in one part of the Bay Area. Caltrans will soon start work on a notoriously bumpy and cracked stretch of Interstate 680. You know the one. It stretches from southern Walnut Creek to the San Ramon Valley.
Work will start in Spring on the 12.8 miles of freeway. That’s almost a year after it was scheduled to begin. Caltrans had planned to work on the stretch of freeway this summer, but the state’s most recent budget stalemate forced the project back to 2011.
This is the first comprehensive attempt to fix the stretch since it opened in 1964. That’s back when drivers used the Danville and San Ramon Valley boulevards to drive through the valley. Back then, freeways were supposed to last 20 years before needing overhauls. Apparently 46 is the new 20.
Between 170,000 and 180,000 cars use the freeway everyday. Caltrans isn’t sure when the work will be finished, but says crews will work at night to minimize the impact on the commute. There will be a public meeting to talk about the road work sometime in March, before construction begins.