ANTIOCH -- A busy thoroughfare in this city's northeast area will be closed weekdays the next two weeks as construction starts on an overpass widening project.

Wilbur Avenue will be closed between Apollo Court and Viera Avenue from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. starting Monday, with the weekday closures remaining in affect until May 10, according to a city news release.

The road will be open on weekends.

The $10.3 million project, approved by city leaders in October, will seismically retrofit the existing Wilbur bridge that crosses over the BNSF railroad track and widen it from two to four lanes.

The current two-lane bridge, which is about an eighth of a mile long, fails to meet city and state standards. The project is aimed at improving traffic circulation and safety in that corridor, which Antioch has identified as having potential for future business development.

Traffic will be detoured down Cavallo Road and Viera, while local businesses and residents have been informed of the closure. Drivers should expect delays.

For more information, call 415-860-5114.

Contact Paul Burgarino at 925-779-7164. Follow him at Twitter.com/paulburgarino.



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