Times-Herald (Vallejo)

Portion of northbound I-680 closed weekends for roadwork

Paving work begins Friday on interstate in Sunol and Pleasanton

- By Judith Prieve jprieve@bayareanew­sgroup.com

A four-mile stretch of northbound Interstate 680 between Sunol and Pleasanton will be closed on three weekends for repaving work, starting today.

Weather permitting, the closures between Koopman Road and Sunol Boulevard will begin at 10 tonight and continue through 5 a.m. Monday so crews can work to remove and replace the entire roadway sections of the freeway, according to a Caltrans representa­tive.

On Presidents Day weekend, the road will be closed longer, from 10 p.m. Friday to 5 a.m. the following Tuesday northbound between Sunol Boulevard and Bernal Avenue.

Regional detours will be activated to advise motorists coming from the South Bay to take I-880/SR238/I-580 instead of I-680.

For closures between the Koopman Road and Sunol Boulevard interchang­es: I-680 North traffic should exit at I-680 at Calaveras, take Paloma Way, take Pleasanton Sunol Road and re-enter northbound I-680 at Sunol Boulevard.

Traffic coming from I-580 east, should take eastbound SR-84 to I-580.

For closures between Sunol Boulevard and Bernal Avenue, traffic going 680 north should exit I-680 at Sunol Boulevard, take Bernal Avenue and re-enter the freeway from Bernal Avenue.

For those going 580 east, take eastbound SR-84 to I-580.

The roadwork is part of a project that encompasse­s northbound Interstate 680 between Sunol and San Ramon to improve safety and provide a smoother ride for motorists, according to Caltrans.

Caltrans originally had scheduled to do the Interstate 680 paving work on three holiday weekends starting with the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, but rain canceled those plans.

In the case of rain or unanticipa­ted developmen­ts, the closures will be reschedule­d.

Southbound I-680 meanwhile will remain open and will not be affected by the closures.

For more informatio­n on detours, visit https:// dot.ca.gov

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