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I-80/Central Ave Interchange Improvements
I80 and Central Improvements Map
As the primary roadway connecting the El Cerrito Plaza BART station with Interstate 80 and 580, Central Avenue is a key commuter corridor. It also serves as an important local route, connecting commercial areas and local neighborhoods. The 0.1 mile (500 foot) section of Central Avenue between Jacuzzi and Pierce Streets is also the site of significant congestion, especially during peak periods on weekends. The congestion results from the lack of adequate space for people turning left and the close spacing of signalized intersections along Central Avenue.

Seeking to enhance mobility by relieving congestion in the project area, the Contra Costa Transporation Authority, their consultant team, and Caltrans evaluated several alternatives to modify the freeway interchange to improve traffic flow and held community meetings and a public open house in October 2007 and in April 2010.