A SMARTer Corridor For I-80 Commuters
This past August, Caltrans began installing overhead sign frames along westbound I-80 between the Carquinez and Bay Bridges. The new signs are part of the I-80 SMART Corridor Project —
a 20-mile-long network of variable message, lane-use and advisory speed signs and other elements designed to enhance motorist safety, improve travel time reliability and reduce accidents and associated traffic congestion along one of our busiest corridors in the Bay Area.
When the SMART corridor is in action, if there is an incident, motorists using westbound I-80 will see overhead electronic signs that will direct them to slow down or change lanes well ahead of time, in addition to other critical information. The San Pablo Avenue corridor and some local roads are also part of this project, and transit will be supported through signal priority along San Pablo Avenue and ramp-meter-bypass lanes on some ramps. For motorists who exit the interstate, to avoid congestion caused by an incident, signs on San Pablo Avenue will notify them when they have passed the incident and should re-enter.
The I-80 SMART Corridor Project is the most sophisticated high-tech network of its kind in California. The project was developed through a partnership between CCTA, Caltrans, the Alameda County Transportation Commission, and the West Contra Costa Transportation Advisory Committee, in collaboration with transit agencies and nine municipalities along the corridor. We are pleased to announce that its activation is anticipated for mid-2015.
Learn more about the SMART corridor by visiting the project website 80smartcorridor.org