Westbound I-80 from Vallejo to Hercules reopens 12 hours early following major repaving project

ByCornell Barnard KGO logo
Tuesday, September 5, 2023
WB I-80 from Vallejo to Hercules reopens 12 hours early: Caltrans
All lanes of westbound I-80 between Interstate Highway 780 in Vallejo and state Highway 4 in Hercules reopened ahead of schedule, Caltrans said.

VALLEJO, Calif. (KGO) -- A major repaving project on westbound interstate 80 was completed on Labor Day, almost 12 hours ahead of schedule. Lanes of traffic have reopened.

Westbound lanes reopened about 5 p.m., Caltrans said. Lanes were supposed to reopen 5 a.m. on Tuesday.

"The project had crews working 24 hours to complete the repaving job involving 9,000 cubic yards of concrete," said Caltrans spokesperson Pedro Quintana.

Caltrans also took the opportunity to repair tower lighting on the Zampa and Carquinez bridges. They also trimmed back trees and brush along the roadway.

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A major road repaving project continued this Labor Day Weekend with a stretch westbound Interstate 80 closed in Solano and Contra Costa Counties.

Calrans added warm weather helped cure the concrete road surface on Monday.

The project involved repaving lanes on westbound Interstate 80 from I-780 in Vallejo to State Route 4 in Hercules. Detours were in place during the holiday weekend.

Earlier on the day, there was frustration among drivers. Elvis Young from Vallejo made a doughnut run to Walnut Creek in his yellow Pontiac convertible but got stuck in the backup he was trying to avoid.

"I was trying but I wanted Krispy Kreme so I had to go out there and it was all traffic," said Young.

RELATED: Westbound I-80 from Vallejo to Hercules closed through Tuesday

Extensive detours around the closure were in place but by early Monday afternoon, backups began. The I-680 Cordelia Junction near Fairfield was slow and go. Highway 37 was like a parking lot.

"There's some angry drivers," said Daniel Diaz from Vallejo,

Daniel Diaz was trying to get to work.

"We're headed back to San Francisco, now we have to go through Martinez," said Cheveyo Amador from San Francisco.

RELATED: Westbound I-80 closure planned for Labor Day weekend in East Bay

Caltrans says it chose Labor Day weekend for the major closure because typically, traffic patterns are lower.

Bay City News Contributed to this report

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