New Caldecott Tunnel Bore Not For Commuters

New bore will provide two tunnels in each direction and will not change during commute hours

Ah, finally: another tunnel route -- or a new "bore," as they say -- through the Caldecott Tunnel's formerly three, now four bores.

Too bad you won't be able to use it during rush hour!

The Caldecott Tunnel's fourth bore will be an additional lane of traffic for "counter-commute" travelers, according to the San Jose Mercury News.

That's relief to folks traveling eastbound away from the Bay in the morning, or towards Berkeley and Oakland in the afternoon and evening. But not so much to the majority of folks, who do the opposite, the newspaper reported.

"There will be zero impact on capacity for commuters traveling westbound in the morning, or eastbound in the afternoon," the newspaper reported.  That's the bad news. Good news?

"There will be twice as much capacity available for those traveling in what was once considered the counter-commute direction," transportation officials told the newspaper.

Having two bores going both ways does make sense from a transit and traffic standpoint, however: there will be easier access for emergency crews, and congestion around the tunnel will get better, according to Caltrans.

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