January 1, 2013 > Congestion relief for I-280/I-880/Stevens Creek interchange
Congestion relief for I-280/I-880/Stevens Creek interchange
Submitted By Brandi Childress
Officials broke ground on November 9, 2012 on the project that promises congestion relief in one of the most heavily travelled corridors in Santa Clara County. The Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA), in partnership with the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), will begin the long-awaited and much-needed traffic relief, access and safety improvements on the I-280/I-880/Stevens Creek interchanges in San Jose.
The project will reconfigure the existing I-880/Stevens Creek Boulevard cloverleaf interchange (originally constructed in 1959) to meet current interchange-design standards which includes widening and re-aligning ramps, widening the overcrossing structure at Stevens Creek Boulevard over I-880 and improving existing intersections. The new interchange will reduce traffic congestion and delays by eliminating certain weaving and merging movements, while also improving access and enhancing safety for bicycle and pedestrian traffic.
The project will also add a new northbound I-280 to northbound I-880 direct-connector ramp to separate freeway-to-freeway traffic from local street traffic heading for westbound Stevens Creek Boulevard and eastbound San Carlos Street. A new direct connector from southbound I-880 to Monroe Street will also be constructed.
"The I-280/I-880 interchange is the last of the ÔBig FiveÕ projects in San Jose to receive Prop 1B funding made possible by Santa Clara County voters in 2008," said Carl Guardino, CTC Commissioner and President and CEO of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group.
The first major construction activity will involve widening the overcrossing structure at Stevens Creek Boulevard over I-880; the new fly-over ramp from north I-280 to north I-880 is expected to begin in spring 2013. Overall construction is slated for completion by spring 2015.
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For more information about the I-280/I-880/Stevens Creek Boulevard Interchange Improvements Project, visit http://bit.ly/IwpIno or contact VTA Community Outreach at (408) 321-7575.