Express Lanes Coming to Contra Costa County


Express lanes will be created by converting existing High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes between Rudgear Road in Walnut Creek and Alcosta Boulevard in San Ramon.


Southbound express lanes will be created by adding lanes and converting existing High-Occupancy Vehicle (HOV) lanes from the Benicia Bridge to Rudgear Road in Walnut Creek.


Northbound express lanes will be created from North Main Street in Walnut Creek to the Benicia Bridge by adding and converting lanes and making operational improvements from Livorna Road to North Main Street in Walnut Creek.

Projects 1 and 2 listed above are scheduled to be complete by 2018, will add five new lane miles, and will result in 35 miles of express lanes in Contra Costa County. The schedule for Project 3 will be determined once funding is secured.


MTC recently approved a contract with DeSilva Gates Construction LP for the conversion of HOV lanes into express lanes asall lanes11A described in Project 1 above. Express lanes are free to carpools, vanpools, public transit, motorcycles and eligible clean air vehicles, and provide solo drivers the choice to pay a toll to use the lanes.

Construction is scheduled to being in August 2015 and will last approximately 15 months. Work will include the installation of variable message signs, tolling equipment, California Highway Patrol enforcement areas, lighting, and communications equipment, as well as striping. It will result in 23 express lane miles through San Ramon, Danville, Alamo and southern Walnut Creek. No freeway widening will occur as a result of this project.


About Kevin

Mayor - City of Oakley, Data Center Manager of Mainframe Operations and Optimization – USS-POSCO INDUSTRIES, Co-Founder and Board Member - Friends of Oakley A Community Foundation, Advisory Board – Opportunity Junction, Commissioner - Contra Costa Transportation Authority, Board Member - Tri Delta Transit and Transplan
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