SAN RAMON -- The public will a chance to voice opinions Wednesday on plans for high-occupancy vehicle ramps along the center divider of Interstate 680 in San Ramon.

Caltrans and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority are hosting the meeting on the $102 million project.

The ramps were originally proposed for the Norris Canyon overpass, but were vigorously opposed by neighbors at public meetings last year. Neighbors said the ramps would negatively affect their quality of life by increasing traffic and noise.

Others claimed the rramps would affect safety by increasing the number of buses and trucks on Norris Canyon Road, where children ride bikes to school.

After a San Ramon City Council meeting last April, where residents spoke out about of their displeasure with the project, Susan Miller, the transportation authority's projects director, said her team would reconsider an option for an HOV ramp at nearby Executive Parkway, previously considered a less suitable location.

Miller said for the project team has been working on the Executive Parkway option for the past year.

"The public will get to see for the first time the Executive Parkway alternative," she said.

The ramp project is being funded by the transportation authority with Measure J funds and is part of a regional plan to improve traffic along the I-680 corridor. Caltrans is currently preparing an environmental assessments of the project.


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The proposal calls for onramps and offramps to allow direct access to I-680 HOV lanes. The ramps are intended for buses, carpools and van pools headed to and from San Ramon's employment centers, such as Bishop Ranch Business Park. They are expected to relieve traffic on Bollinger Canyon and Crow Canyon roads.

Wednesday's meeting will provide the public and interested agencies with more information on the proposed project, including the Executive Parkway alternative, and give the public an opportunity to provide input on the scope of the environmental analysis.

The meeting will run from 7 to 8:30 p.m. Wednesday at the San Ramon Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Blvd. Project staff members will be available to answer questions.

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Contact Jason Sweeney at 925-847-2123. Follow him at Twitter.com/Jason_Sweeney.

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What: Public meeting by Caltrans and the Contra Costa Transportation Authority on plans for Interstate 680 high-occupancy vehicle ramps for San Ramon. The public will be given the chance to speak on the proposal.
When: Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Where: San Ramon Community Center, 12501 Alcosta Blvd.