BNSF Railroad is in the process of upgrading their facilities in Oakley and part of the project
is to add a second set of tracks from east of the Vintage Parkway overcrossing to the City
limits line west of Bridgehead Road. Part of this project requires widening the railroad bridge
where it crosses over Bridgehead Road.
City staff has been contacted by representatives of Shimmick Construction regarding the
bridge widening and staff has received an application for a Road Closure Permit. The
original Road Closure Permit application requested was for a complete closure of
Bridgehead Road during the hours from 6:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. between November 3,
2013 and November 16, 2013. This item was brought to City Council and approved on
September 24, 2013 (Approved Resolution 80-13).
However, due to scheduling issues BNSF was not able to perform the work during
November and has requested that staff bring this closure back to Council for approval of the
dates of: January 6, 2014 – January 10, 2014 during the hours of 8:00pm and 5:00am and
January 13,2014- January 17,2014 during the hours of6:00 am and 4:30pm. No weekend
work is being requested and both lanes of Bridgehead Road would be opened to traffic
during non-work hours.
Due to potential unforeseen factors in the construction schedule and the need to move
forward with the work, staff is recommending that the City Manager be authorized to
approve date or time modifications in the event that the schedule of construction needs to be
modified. This will prevent this item from having to be brought back to City Council for a third
A detour plan was submitted with the Road Closure Permit application which shows north
bound traffic being diverted west to Viera Avenue in Antioch then east along Wilbur Avenue
back to Bridgehead Road. South bound traffic would be diverted west along Wilbur Avenue
to Viera Avenue then east along East 18th Street to Bridgehead and Neroly Roads.
The detour plan also shows temporary signage to be in place during construction with notes
stating there will be message boards in place two weeks in advance alerting drivers of the
detour and that the detour signs will be covered or removed when not in use.