Highway 4 Bypass Widening Plans

The Highway 4 Bypass reduced the drive time from Discovery Bay to Antioch dramatically.  Now, there the plans to add onramps and offramps at Sand Creek Road and widen the bypass to four lanes from Laurel Road in Oakley to Sand Creek.  This would relieve conjestion due to traffic near the popular Streets of Brentwood Shopping Center at Sand Creek, and Slatten Ranch shopping at Lone Tree.

Still, what is needed is $33 million to send the project out to bid, according to Contra Costa Transportation Authority officials.  The project is eligible to receive needed funding as part of a state allocation for freeway projects. The state’s transportation commission will decide on funding the improvements at its June 22 meeting.  It is expected the project will receive $25 million, but local officials will fight for the full amount.

(from the CC Times) “This is an extremely important project for all of far East County,” Brentwood Mayor Bob Taylor said. “The stars are aligning; we have to keep plugging away at it.” Bypass construction would complement work to widen Highway 4 through Pittsburg and Antioch. “We don’t want to just move traffic down the road and create another bottleneck,” Frazier said. Officials have sought federal and state funding for the Sand Creek interchange for years. Last year, additional environmental studies were conducted to make the project more eligible for federal money. Federal stimulus funding dried up, but the state has additional money because of low construction bids, Dennis said. Several local leaders are headed to Southern California to present their case.