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The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA), in partnership with the City of Richmond, has been making modifications to Central Avenue from I-80 to I-580 as part of the first phase of the I-80/Central Avenue Improvement project. The first phase of this project is designed to smooth peak traffic flows on Central Avenue in the westbound direction during the peak weekend hours (the most congested period for this corridor).
On May 8, 2018, a new traffic signal will be activated at I-580 EB Ramps (Rydin Road) and Central Avenue. The newly configured intersection will help enhance the Bay Trail as it crosses both Rydin Road and Central Avenue.
In Early June 2018, a new traffic signal will be active at I-580 WB Ramps and Central Avenue.
Also, in early June, during the weekend hours of 11 AM to 3 PM, left-turns onto I-80 West will no longer be allowed. Instead, using electronic Message Boards, motorists will be directed to make a left-turn onto I-580 East on-ramp and will be able to access I-80 from I-580 approximately 1 mile south of the on-ramp. While the left-turn onto I-80 West will no longer be allowed, vehicles will be able to make a left-turn onto Jacuzzi Street.