Completed Bay Area Road Projects

Unlike the projects shown here, this page is still being constructed. - Skillz, 2/1/19

The San Francisco/Oakland Bay Bridge Removal Project

 

MISSION: The above title pretty much describes it all—the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge was completed in September 2014, meaning the old one needed to go. Removing it, however, isn't as easy as it sounds—for safety reasons, the span had to be deconstructed carefully. Removal photos below; we apologize for launching TSR too late to provide worthy coverage of the new bridge construction.

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The Autumn Street (San Jose) Extension Project

 

 

MISSION: When the Oakland Athletics began to (unsuccessfully) grease the wheels toward a move to San Jose's Diridon Station area (named after the CalTrain station not far from HP Pavilion or whatever they're calling the San Jose Sharks arena these days), SJ city officials went to work improving the surrounding area. 

Among their goals: connecting the two ends of Autumn Street. The main portion runs south of the CalTrain tracks and eventually fades away into back roads. 

 

A few years back, a small stub of road named "Autumn Parkway" was built alongside the San Jose Market Center—the one off Coleman Avenue with Target, Wingstop, etc. It's a four-lane road that, save for the driveway into said shopping center, was absolutely useless—mere feet past the driveway, Autumn terminated at the tracks. The Pavilion is clearly visible on the other side, but unreachable.

 

Realizing the waste of a potential four-lane thoroughfare to the Diridon area right off Coleman Avenue/Interstate 880, San Jose went to work on making Autumn one. It has already been converted to an at-grade crossing at the CalTrain tracks (at the cost of removing one at existing Autumn at Cinnabar Street). 

 

With the A's move stalled—possibly forever—progress on the new road stalled as well. But as of Spring 2016, crews are working again.

 

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The 680-80-12 (Fairfield) Project

 

 

MISSION: With the truck scales just north of this interchange relocated to just south of the 680/12 interchange, focus turns to cleaning up a confusing, winding set of access roads around the 680/80 junction as well as shoring up existing ramps.

 

Among the issues: the two-lane area overpass—Green Valley Road—lacks sidewalks and bike lanes, and is plain ugly. Replacement of this bridge takes place in the first of what is a seven-phase project. (Unfortunately, as of October 2015, phases 2-7 are unfunded.)

 

Additionally, Phase I includes an overhaul of the 80W to 12W on-ramp. Later phases call for construction of a Red Top Road interchange with I-680, improvements to the 680 connectors to/from I-80, and an extension of Business Center Drive to form a four-way intersection with Red Top Road and Highway 12—all of which remain unfunded at the moment.

 

August 2016 update: the old overpass has been demolished; the new overpass is in use but still incomplete and using temporary signals. Photos to come in the next few days.

 

Note: an earlier edition of this page reported improved routing to I-80W from Suisun Valley Road as part of the upcoming phases. While those plans call for Neitzel Road—currently part of the 80W-from-SVR route—to be eliminated, it is unclear if traffic from SVR to 80W would follow a new, improved route, or a route similar to the existing one.

 

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