New video explains I-80 corridor project that aims to relieve congestion

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A three-minute YouTube video posted last week offers a visual guide to how the I-80 SMART Corridor Project will work.

The $79 million project aims to relieve congestion on the corridor between Richmond and Emeryville by installing electronic signs along the highway and on local streets and ramp-meters.

The project, which is being done in partnership with a number of transit agencies and nine cities, broke ground in 2011 and is expected to begin operating sometime in the middle of this year. Depending on weather, the installation of the overhead signs is expected to be finished in March. Expect lane closures during the installation.

Some drivers have mocked the plan as a waste of money. Project officials dispute that judgment, saying the I-80 SMART Corridor Project is a viable solution to the corridor’s congestion problems. The stretch of highway was recently ranked among the worst in the Bay Area. For more info about the project, visit 80smartcorridor.org.

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