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December 14, 2015

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Joe

I found this announcement to be a bit of a surprise since it seems like things had bogged down on the B'way overpass. I went through there a couple of times this week and saw no one working, but here is the official word--

The new Broadway overpass in Burlingame is set to open soon, as workers will begin a third phase of construction aiming to improve traffic connections to the Highway 101 access point.

Construction crews will begin work late Friday, March 4, and continue through Sunday, March 6, to switch traffic to the new overcrossing. Work will take place between 9 p.m. and 6 a.m.

The new design is expected to clear traffic congestion throughout the area which has suffered logjams during the extensive construction project.

Over two consecutive weekends in March, opposing lanes of Highway 101 will be shut down to allow for crews to bring down the former overcrossing.

Southbound lanes (of 101) will close between 1 a.m. and 7 a.m. Saturday, March 12, and Sunday, March 13. Northbound lanes will close between midnight and 6 a.m. Saturday, March 19, and Sunday, March 20.

http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2016-02-26/broadway-work-nearly-done-burlingame-officials-hopeful-project-will-ease-traffic-congestion/1776425159124.html

Joe

It sounds like people are happy with the end result:

Merchants and patrons to businesses along Broadway in Burlingame are pleased with the improvements brought to the commercial district by the recent opening of a new highway overpass.

John Kevranian, head of the Broadway Business Improvement District, said traffic is flowing more freely throughout the area since the new overpass was opened, which in turn has drawn more shoppers to nearby stores.

“They have made some improvements, and we are very happy,” said Kevranian, owner of Nuts For Candy. “It is safer and it is a lot better.”

Opening the new overpass is a milestone for the three-phase project, expected to be completed near the end of the year.

The reopened, wider overpass offers more lanes, reconfigured ramp connections, new metering lights and the adjacent intersection at Broadway and Rollins Road has been redesigned, along with other improvements.

Measure A, the county’s half-cent sales tax, financed about $51 million of the project, the state contributed roughly $23 million, $5 million came from the city and $3 million was offered by the federal government.

Roughly 225,000 cars commute daily across the overpass which was built in 1947, making it the oldest along the Peninsula. The structure was rebuilt in 1971, and seismically renovated roughly a decade later.

- See more at: http://www.smdailyjournal.com/articles/lnews/2016-04-15/new-highway-interchange-satisfies-burlingames-broadway-businesses-patrons-return-as-traffic-woes-soothed-by-project-merchant-claims/1776425161806.html#sthash.EMnXMMwZ.dpuf

smoky back room

I drove over the new overpass today for the first time...to meet with one of the landlords in the area.

We agreed...who got paid off?

It costs towards $80M to build a short bridge and to demolish the old one?

Can any true infrastructure expert confirm or deny this one?

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