Caltrans to upgrade median barrier, install lighting along I-80

through the fall of 2025.
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Caltrans will upgrade the median barrier and install lighting along I-80 from the Buchanan Street exit in Albany to the Carquinez Bridge. The project’s goal is to “enhance safety and ease of mobility for motorists,” according to a Caltrans statement.

As part of the project, expected to be completed in fall of 2025, the concrete median barrier will be replaced with a new barrier, new lighting will minimize glare from headlights, the guardrail will be upgraded and pavement will be resurfaced, Caltrans said.

This project is unrelated to the I-80 paving project that will prompt the 104-hour, full highway closure of westbound I-80 starting Thursday, Aug. 31, and running through Labor Day weekend. More information on that project can be found here.

Drivers can expect lane and ramp closures from time to time, but there will be no full closures of the freeway as the result of this project, officials said. Lane closures will occur only at night to minimize traffic impacts.

“Traffic will be shifted temporarily to make room for the contractor to install new barrier and lighting,” the Caltrans statement says. “Temporary pavement delineation will shift eastbound and westbound Route 80 traffic toward outside shoulders.”

The lanes will return to their previous configuration when the work is complete, officials said.