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New Lanes Opened as Highway 4 Widening Project Nears Completion

by ECT

The Highway 4 Widening Project continues to achieve notable progress thanks to the opening of new lanes of traffic on eastbound and westbound Highway 4 at Hillcrest Avenue in Antioch. The eastbound lanes at Hillcrest Avenue were opened to traffic on Sunday, May 1, with the westbound lanes opening yesterday, Thursday, May 5.

These lane openings are a significant milestone in the Highway 4 Widening Project as now all westbound highway lanes for the entire corridor are open to traffic.

“We want to thank the public for their patience. The Highway 4 Widening Project is vitally important to East County and the greater Bay Area in terms of mobility, economic revitalization, and, in the longer term, multi-modal options for 250,000 East County residents,” said CCTA Executive Director Randy Iwasaki. “Because we have been carefully staging the work to occur at night, and opening each section of the widening project as it is completed, we have also been able to provide incremental congestion relief on this heavily used corridor, without any loss of capacity.”

The purpose of the $1 billion overall project is to improve traffic flow and motorist safety along a 10-mile stretch of freeway between Pittsburg and Antioch. Work at Hillcrest Avenue also includes the construction of a new BART station in Antioch.

“The improvements to Highway 4 that are brought about with this project and through this partnership are a benefit to every driver that has experienced the traffic congestion on this corridor,” said Caltrans District 4 Director Bijan Sartipi. “We look forward to crossing the finish line later this summer and giving the new and improved Highway 4 back to the residents of East Contra Costa County and all motorists.”

For additional information about the new lanes at Hillcrest, and other work on Highway 4, please visit the Highway 4 website at www.4eastcounty.org.

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Ahmad May 6, 2016 - 6:21 pm

Finally glad to see that the project is near complete!!! I’m loving the extra lanes.

Old Pittsburg/Antioch Hwy Border May 7, 2016 - 6:03 am

Yes Hwy 4 widening project is vitally important. No large employer would take a serious look at locating to East County without free traffic flow. If there is no typo in the cost (1 billion) for the 10 miles of construction (not including BART) what have we been handed to us? Folks we’ve been way over charged with no other results but convenience. I hope the next 7 years proves me wrong.

kinman1313 May 8, 2016 - 1:12 pm

I like how everything has taken twice as long as originally promised. One would think they’d be ahead of schedule, considering there haven’t exactly been a lot of days “off” due to rain. 🙂

Nick May 8, 2016 - 5:49 pm

I guess every topic needs a Debbie Downer, congrats kinman. Way to turn a positive into a negative….wah!

0321jarhead May 13, 2016 - 9:38 am

Just because they are now open doesn’t mean the speed limit is 65+MPH. It is still 55MPH with a double fine. Construction is still happening. Drive responsibly, there are people and trucks still working on HWY. 4 FWIW, I was one of those (now retired) that worked on HWY.4 in the Loveridge Rd. area and saw plenty.

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