Transportation

New lane striping ahead for I-880 express lanes, fall opening draws closer

Express lanes
Noah Berger

Work crews as early as next week will begin striping new lane configurations on Interstate 880 in Alameda County as the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC) and Caltrans gear up for the fall 2020 opening of new Express Lanes between Oakland and the Santa Clara County line.

The five-week project will result in significant changes for drivers in the I-880 corridor. These will include the addition of double white lines (which cannot be lawfully crossed) in several segments, dashed lines in others, and the creation of new merge lanes in select locations.

Striping changes in the southbound direction will begin as early as Wednesday, May 27 (and no later than Monday, June 1) and continue through mid-June, with crews starting at Hegenberger Road in Oakland and making their way to Dixon Landing Road near the Santa Clara County line.

Northbound striping work will stretch from mid-June to July 3, beginning at Dixon Landing Road and extending to Lewelling Blvd. in San Lorenzo. Work in both directions will be done in the overnight hours from 8 p.m. to 5 a.m., with two to five miles completed each night. Work schedules will run from Sunday night/ Monday mornings through Thursday night/Friday mornings.

The new lane striping will be painted between the far-left HOV lane (lane 1) and the adjacent general-purpose lane (lane 2). Once the new striping is painted, drivers in certain segments will not be allowed to move into or out of the far-left lane. Lane-change rules will be effective immediately, even though Express Lane tolling will not begin for several months. As part of the lane-striping project, crews will install signs explaining where to exit the far-left lane to reach different highway exits.

Travelers can visit 511.org to learn where to enter and exit the far-left lane. The site includes FAQs and maps explaining where the striping configurations are being painted and what they mean, as well as a video explaining how to obey the new striping rules.

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