June 18, 2019 - San Jose, CA
The Interstate 880 (I-880) Safety and Operational Improvements at 23rd and 29th Avenues was recently named the 2019 Regional Winner of the Quality of Life/Community Development in the Medium category by America's Transportation Awards. The America's Transportation Awards serve to recognize state department of transportation and highlight their projects that deliver impact on their communities. WMH Corporation (WMH) is proud to have taken part in bringing this project to life, and for the project to be recognized for its addition to the community's economic growth and improving the wellbeing of its citizens.
WMH Corporation (WMH) began working on this $69M project in 2010, providing Final Design and Construction Support Services to Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), the agency in charge of the project.
The project is adjacent to a historic residential neighborhood which entailed specialized design of the sound wall to minimize noise impacts while creating aesthetics that fit within the historic setting. The local elementary school brought unique traffic handling and stage construction challenges to maintain access for bikes, pedestrians, and student drop-off. As the project is located within the glide path of the Oakland Airport, possible vertical obstructions were checked and Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) permits were required for the temporary cranes needed to construct the bridge improvements.
In winter of 2018, Caltrans began the construction of the operational and safety improvements on I-880 at the overcrossings of 23rd and 29th avenues, which connect Alameda to Oakland, to provide multimodal transportation options to a densely populated area in Oakland. The entire project is expected to be completed in late fall 2019.
"Caltrans is proud of the recognition that these very worthy projects have received, and it underscores our commitment to improving local communities," said Caltrans Director Laurie Berman. "Whether it was innovatively rebuilding a slide-torn Highway 1, or creating safe, healthy biking and walking options in Oakland and Alameda, these projects demonstrate when we improve transportation, we improve people's lives."