A Spare the Air Alert is in effect, Friday, July 29, in the San Francisco Bay Area

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A Spare the Air Alert is in effect, Friday, July 29, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Concentrations of ground-level ozone pollution are forecast to be unhealthy tomorrow. Residents are encouraged to drive less and reduce their energy use tomorrow and every day so pollution levels are lower, preventing health alerts when temperatures are high.

To help prevent smog this summer, please: – Bike to work or around town – Take public transit – Telecommute – Carpool and link your errands to reduce driving – Avoid using gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers – Reduce household energy use – Don’t use lighter fluid on the barbecue – Avoid using aerosol spray cleaners, paints and hairspray High levels of ozone pollution are particularly harmful for young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions. Vigorous outdoor exercise should be undertaken only in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower.

To plan your commute online, visit 511.org. To monitor current air quality conditions, visit sparetheair.org

Download the FREE Spare the Air iPhone or Android application at sparetheair.org for alert notifications, local air quality forecasts, podcasts and several tools to help reduce air pollution!

This AirAlert is provided by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Thank you for doing your part to Spare the Air! Employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area are now required to offer commuter benefits to their employees. To find out how you could save money by using commuter benefits, visit commuterbenefits.511.org.

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July 2016 – Interstate 680/State Route 4 Interchange Improvement: State Route 4 Widening, Phase 3

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Scope
Construct three-level interchange, as follows: 

  • Phase 1 – NB I-680 to WB SR 4 connector. 
  • Phase 2 – EB SR 4 to SB I-680 connector. 
  • Phase 3 – SR 4 widening: Morello Avenue to SR 242 and replacement of Grayson Bridge. 
  • Phase 4 – SB I-680 to EB SR 4 connector. 
  • Phase 5 – WB SR 4 to NB I-680 connector. Due to funding shortfall, Phase 3 will be constructed first. The remaining phases will be constructed as funding becomes available.

Status

  • Phase 3 is currently in the design phase. 95% design is underway with submittal expected in June 2016. 
  • All phases were environmentally cleared in November 2008. Environmental revalidation completed for Phase 3 in December 2016. 
  • Coordination continues with Caltrans, which acts as the Right of Way (ROW) agent for the Authority. 
  • Caltrans is leading the utility coordination efforts with Kinder Morgan, Phillips 66, and Contra Costa Water District (CCWD).

Issues/Areas of Concern

  • Permitting for entire project and advanced utility relocations will delay the start of construction and increase the project cost. 
  • The addition of Grayson Bridge increases the project cost and results in a funding shortfall. 
  • Project cost is being updated. The project has a significant funding shortfall, however, it is included in the proposed 2016 Transportation Expenditure Plan for $60 million.
  • Final design, ROW, and permitting activities cannot be completed for phase 3 until full funding strategy is in place.

Update from Previous Quarterly Report

  • Draft environmental permits have been submitted to Caltrans for review and submittal to the regulatory agencies. 
  • CTC approved the 2016 STIP in May 2016 which included $5.1 million programmed in FY2017-2018 for the Right-of-Way activities. 
  • Project cost estimate for Phase 3 has increased.
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A Spare the Air Alert is in effect, Thursday, July 28, in the San Francisco Bay Area

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A Spare the Air Alert is in effect, Thursday, July 28, in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Concentrations of ground-level ozone pollution are forecast to be unhealthy tomorrow. Residents are encouraged to drive less and reduce their energy use tomorrow and every day so pollution levels are lower, preventing health alerts when temperatures are high.

To help prevent smog this summer, please: – Bike to work or around town – Take public transit – Telecommute – Carpool and link your errands to reduce driving – Avoid using gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers – Reduce household energy use – Don’t use lighter fluid on the barbecue – Avoid using aerosol spray cleaners, paints and hairspray High levels of ozone pollution are particularly harmful for young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions. Vigorous outdoor exercise should be undertaken only in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower.

To plan your commute online, visit 511.org. To monitor current air quality conditions, visit sparetheair.org

Download the FREE Spare the Air iPhone or Android application at sparetheair.org for alert notifications, local air quality forecasts, podcasts and several tools to help reduce air pollution!

This AirAlert is provided by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Thank you for doing your part to Spare the Air! Employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area are now required to offer commuter benefits to their employees. To find out how you could save money by using commuter benefits, visit commuterbenefits.511.org.

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July 2016 – Pittsburg Civic Center Station

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Scope

  • Construct an eBART station at Railroad Avenue in Pittsburg, California.

Status 

  • The project is in the construction phase.

Issues/Areas of Concern

  • None.

Update from Previous Quarterly Report

  • Concrete work is now complete. 
  • Structural steel, electrical and mechanical work has been initiated.

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A Spare the Air Alert is in effect, Wednesday, July 27, in the San Francisco Bay Area

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A Spare the Air Alert is in effect, Wednesday, July 27,  in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Concentrations of ground-level ozone pollution are forecast to be unhealthy tomorrow. Residents are encouraged to drive less and reduce their energy use tomorrow and every day so pollution levels are lower, preventing health alerts when temperatures are high.

To help prevent smog this summer, please: – Bike to work or around town – Take public transit – Telecommute – Carpool and link your errands to reduce driving – Avoid using gas-powered lawn mowers and leaf blowers – Reduce household energy use – Don’t use lighter fluid on the barbecue – Avoid using aerosol spray cleaners, paints and hairspray High levels of ozone pollution are particularly harmful for young children, seniors and those with respiratory and heart conditions. Vigorous outdoor exercise should be undertaken only in the early morning hours when ozone concentrations are lower.

To plan your commute online, visit 511.org. To monitor current air quality conditions, visit sparetheair.org

Download the FREE Spare the Air iPhone or Android application at sparetheair.org for alert notifications, local air quality forecasts, podcasts and several tools to help reduce air pollution!

This AirAlert is provided by the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.

Thank you for doing your part to Spare the Air! Employers with 50 or more full-time employees in the Bay Area are now required to offer commuter benefits to their employees. To find out how you could save money by using commuter benefits, visit commuterbenefits.511.org.

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Caltrans to Activate Ramp Meters on Interstate 80 Corridor Starting July 26th for AM Commute

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contra Costa County / Alameda County, Calif. – The California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) in partnership with Alameda County Transportation Commission and Contra Costa County Transportation Authority will activate 43 ramp meters on the Interstate 80 (I-80) corridor between the Carquinez and Bay Bridges in Alameda and Contra Costa Counties. Ramp meters improve safety, enhance mobility and address freeway congestion by controlling traffic demand so freeway capacity is not exceeded.

Starting on July 26th, the lights will begin metering in both eastbound and westbound directions during the weekday morning commute hours of 5:00 a.m. to 12:00 Noon. The ramp metering lights will remain solid green for the afternoon weekday commute from July 26th until August 2nd, at which time they will activate in both directions during the afternoon weekday commute hours of 12:00 Noon to 8:00 PM. Meters will also be operating on weekends, starting July 30, depending on prevailing traffic conditions.

It is common for motorists at newly activated ramp-meter locations to experience delays during the first few days. Caltrans will monitor the metered onramps and make adjustments to fine-tune the metering operations. A telephone hot line number, 510-286-4531, is available to help answer any questions or report any related issues.

The ramp meters on I-80 are connected to an intelligent adaptive system that will actively monitor traffic conditions throughout the corridor and optimize the ramp meters in real-time. It is a key element of the I-80 SMART Corridor system, an Intelligent Transportation System (ITS) designed to enhance mobility and safety in the I-80 Corridor. More information is available at http://www.80smartcorridor.org. The I-80 SMART Corridor system is anticipated to be fully operational by September 2016.

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Get real-time traffic on Caltrans Quickmaps: http://quickmap.dot.ca.gov/ Or follow Caltrans on Twitter: http://twitter.com/CaltransD4. Caltrans appreciates your patience as we work to maintain California’s highways. Please #BeWorkZoneAlert.

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Oakley’s Utility Box Mural Project – A Call for Artists

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The City of Oakley invites artists to participate in the inaugural Utility Box Mural Project.

The City of Oakley is seeking artists to showcase their artwork on 10 utility boxes located throughout Oakley. The goal of this project is to beautify Oakley, deter unsightly graffiti on utility boxes, and bring art into unexpected places. Utility boxes should reflect the surrounding environment and showcase Oakley’s rich agricultural history and our unique appeal as A Place for Families in the Heart of the Delta.

Applications must be submitted to the City of Oakley Recreation Division at 3231 Main Street, Oakley CA 94561 by 5:00 p.m., August 19, 2016. Late applications will not be accepted.
Please read the entire “Call for Artists” before completing the application.
Incomplete applications will not be accepted.

Call for Artists Complete

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