I-680 Noise Reduction Project to Start Tuesday September 3rd

August 30, 2013 13:13 pm · 12 comments

Starting the night of September 3, 2013, Caltrans will start construction of a project along Interstate 680 through the City of Pleasant Hill (between Monument Boulevard and the I-680/SR-242 split) to replace broken concrete roadway surface slabs and to smooth out the concrete surface to reduce the amount of noise perceived by the surrounding neighborhoods.

Due to the heavy daytime traffic on I-680, project construction work must be performed at night. All three phases of work (demolition of broken concrete slabs, grinding operations, and final grooving) are noisy activities in the immediate vicinity of work area. Construction vehicles and operations will also contribute to higher levels of noise for adjacent neighbors during the construction period. Caltrans will monitor the noise and work with City residents to address their concerns during the construction period.

Depending on the location of work along the freeway, I-680 off-ramps and on-ramps may be temporarily closed during project work hours with detours established through city streets.

Caltrans advises that during project construction periods, all residents be on the alert for workers, signs, and reduced speed zones near the construction area.

Information regarding road closures will be sent to the media and posted on the Caltrans website at www.dot.ca.gov/dist4.

1 Killjoy August 30, 2013 at 1:15 PM

Interesting. In order to perform a noise reduction project, they have to make a heck of a lot more noise? LOL

2 Pleasant Hill Resident I August 30, 2013 at 1:20 PM

Glad they’re doing necessary work, but that means a lot of the crazies will be taking the side streets instead of the freeway now…. Oh joy.

3 Concord resident August 30, 2013 at 1:40 PM

Glad I live way off any highways in deep Concord — (Treat and Clayton). :-)

4 guest August 30, 2013 at 2:04 PM

“Caltrans advises that during project construction periods, all residents be on the alert for workers, signs, and reduced speed zones near the construction area.”

The taxpayer advises that during project construction periods, CalTrans managers be on the alert for cost overruns, union attitudes, and poor quality near the construction area.

5 Stater of the Obvious August 30, 2013 at 2:59 PM

If you live in Danville or Alamo you get a nice smooth quiet freeway. Bout time we had one too.

6 no handle August 30, 2013 at 4:07 PM

Does this mean the dips will be fixing the North 680 dip finally ?

7 anon August 30, 2013 at 5:08 PM

“…amount of noise PERCEIVED..” Ha ha, classic!

8 Anonymee August 30, 2013 at 5:11 PM

Hopefully the smoothing will get rid of the shimmying I feel right before 242 branches off.

9 rust bucket August 30, 2013 at 6:13 PM

@8 Aye! Scared me a few times before I remembered it always happens at that stretch. Thought I was losing a wheel or something.

10 Anonymous August 30, 2013 at 6:55 PM

@anon #7-
I agree with you. “Perceived” has to be the worst choice of words. Whenever a resident has a noise complaint, it’s a “perceived” nuisance. But, if a Developer or a business has a complaint, the public agencies are quick to acknowledge it’s valid. Our public agencies are not serving the constituents they purport to represent.

11 T. Kaczynski, SuperMax August 30, 2013 at 7:28 PM

Heloooooo….. Yooooohooooooo!… please apply some of our gasoline taxes towards fixing the cracked and depressed concrete in lanes 3 and 4 on SB 680 just before it goes under SB Hwy 242… just past the Gregory Ln/Monument Bl exit.

12 Chrome Dome August 30, 2013 at 8:24 PM

The Dome actually absorbed all the freeway noise. Now that it’s gone, we have freeway noise. Thanks a lot PH!

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