October 29, 2020 -- Alameda County, CA
The ribbon cutting ceremony for the I-680 Sunol Express Lanes took place today marking the completion of the project which WMH partnered with Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) to lead and deliver all phases of project development starting with the Project Initiation Document (PID); Project Approval and Environmental Document (PA&ED); Plans, Specifications and Estimate (PS&E); and Design Services During Construction (DSDC) phases.
The full project area extends from SR 237 in Santa Clara County to Koopman Road in Alameda, is considered one of the most congested corridors in the Bay Area, and will be constructed in phases to accommodate the current funding environment. The initial phase of construction (from SR 262 to SR 84) broke ground in Spring 2018 to widen northbound I-680 for a new 9-mile long HOV/express lane and restripe the existing southbound I-680 express lane to provide continuous express lanes in both directions served by a new state-of-the-art electronic toll system. To minimize the duration of impacts to the traveling public, the northbound I-680 lanes are also repaved.
The PID document was approved in 9 months; EIR (CEQA) / complex EA (NEPA) document was approved in 33 months; and PS&E for Phase 1 was completed in 15 months. The WMH Team received commendations from Alameda CTC staff and elected officials for their tremendous commitment to deliver this vital and complex project under an accelerated schedule to receive programmed funding.
William Hadaya, WMH’s CEO, announced: “WMH is very excited at the completion of the Sunol Express Lanes which will provide immediate operational benefits and improve mobility along this vital economic corridor to drive future economic opportunities. We are confident that this project will aid in the development of the communities it serves, and we are proud to have been a part of this great achievement.”