Alemany Project Nears Completion Ahead Of Schedule

Cars moved to the new northbound lanes of 101 as Caltrans continues to work on the Alemany Project
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Caltrans officials say the Alemany Interchange construction project is on track to finish early.

The big pour, which covers the new southbound bridge deck of Highway 101 near I-280, with concrete is already behind them.

"There’s still a lot of detail work we have to do before we can open this bridge up," Caltrans Spokesman Bart Ney said in a Twitter post Wednesday.

That includes smoothing and making sure the slight grooves in the concrete that help with tire friction are facing the right direction and putting electrical work into barriers.

Ney has been keeping the public and the media up-to-date on the project, using frequent social media updates to do so.

#101AlemanyProject - Caltrans 5PM Update with PIO Bart Ney

— Caltrans District 4 (@CaltransD4) April 30, 2020

When this project was scheduled for July, Caltrans estimated it would take 18 days. Now that crews were able to do it with 40% to 60% fewer cars on the road, it’s quite a different story.

"It looks like if we’re able to keep going the way we are, we’ll be able to do it in less than 10 days," Ney said.

Delays were initially projected at more than an hour for drivers with the roads moving at full speed and volume. During the shelter-in-place, delays have been roughly 10 minutes.

That means it will be completed ahead of the scheduled Monday morning opening. 

Ney did not specify a date.