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Vasco Road Construction Update

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Over the last two nights, commuters using Vasco Road have been hit with unexpected delays as construction crews worked on road improvements with little to warning.

Contra Costa County Public Works Department is currently performing road work on Vasco Road from Walnut Boulevard to 1.5 miles south of the Camino Diablo intersection. The major night work is expected to be completed on September 18, 2015 but could extend into Saturday night or Monday night depending on the paving progress. The work will continue tonight through Friday night between the hours of 8:00 p.m. and 5:30 a.m., for the purpose of grinding and placing new asphalt on the roadway. Additional improvements will include replacing traffic signal detector loops (scheduled to start Thursday at 9:30 a.m.), striping and pavement markings. The road striping will take place during the day the week of September 21. Electronic message boards will alert drivers of the work. One lane will be open to traffic, but drivers can expect delays.

The project is funded using local gas tax dollars and a federal grant program for local streets and roads preservation administered by the Bay Area’s Metropolitan Transportation Commission.

Remaining Construction Schedule:
Sept. 16 – 8:30 pm to 5:30 am
Sept. 17 – 8:00 pm to 5:30am
Sept. 18 – 8:00 pm to 5:30am

From Supervisor Mary Piepho:

Lack of Communication

The the lack of communication from the county to the public and commuters is not acceptable and we will be working to fix that in the future.

I myself, was unaware of the construction and was stuck on Vasco Tuesday night for more than 3-hours thinking there may have been a traffic accident.

I am embarrassed and it’s unacceptable to commuters. There has to be better communication by public works to the community. We are working on fixing the communication issues.

“Message boards were put out last week after the contractor took the option to do night paving which we thought would mitigate traffic issues which was under estimated,” explained Emigh. “Tonight, we are doing a moving closure. Keep it as close to the actual closure.”

Emigh did warn commuters that it would be best to avoid the area because it will still be “bad”. He suggests taking an alternate route home because delays are expected. Message boards have also been moved to warn drivers earlier in their commute over Vasco.

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