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Stargell construction to shutter part of Webster Street

Submitted by on 1, August 19, 2009 – 5:45 am3 Comments

16-300x189Get ready for some late-night traffic delays on a portion of Webster Street.

Starting Sunday, August 23, Top Grade Construction will be installing sanitary sewer lines across a portion of Webster Street, as part of the Webster Street/Wilver “Willie” Stargell intersection project. To complete the work, they need to make some temporary lane closures of one of the two northbound and southbound lanes of Webster, north of Atlantic Avenue.

Work will take place between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. through August 28. In addition to the lane closures, the construction could cause some noise impacts to residents of Independence Plaza.

For more information, call the Public Works Department at 749-5840.

Meanwhile, you can click here for information on other, ongoing road and sewer construction that’ll be ongoing through October. (I have to keep reminding myself to steer clear of Central Avenue by Encinal High, which was totally blocked off when I drove by Tuesday morning.)


  • DL Morrison says:

    It would be useful to know whether this intersection could eventually be used to run traffic across an intersection and into the Posey Tube. Right now, I think it's meant to be an "off-ramp" only for the Webster Tube (for cars exiting the tube) — that's all I've read, and it seems to me as a guess that it would be very dangerous to place an intersection with a signal at this point given the speed of traffic in the tube, not to mention a major source of delay.

    However, all the material related to transit alternatives for Alameda Point, plus the city's Transportation Element, make a reference to the use of a "queue jump lane" which is essentially a bus-only shortcut which puts the bus ahead of other traffic. So for example, if Stargell cut across Webster at this point (if a signalized intersection were constructed), then buses coming from Alameda Point could cut ahead of other traffic headed for the Posey Tube. I think it's also been suggested that the Belt Line could be used for this purpose — just fyi, not agreeing.

    Anyway, it's always seemed a bit odd to me that SunCal's planners would suggest a queue jump lane for the Posey Tube like it's a swell idea, since it wouldn't do a whole heck of a lot for all the other buses approaching the tube. It's even been suggested as if other buses could use the same approach — how is not clear.

  • Lauren Do says:

    DL, the intersection across Webster into the Tube toward Oakland is the plan, not to self-promote a blog post on someone else's site, but I wrote about (with renderings) about the Stargell plans here.

  • DL Morrison says:

    Thanks, Lauren. Now I see that I was totally (mostly) misunderstanding this. I read your original post but I hadn't followed the topic that much and it just didn't register. So the Stargell intersection w/ Webster is like a new thoroughfare for the West End — or for Alameda Point and Alameda Landing. As I mentioned above, tho, this is very likely to delay traffic on Webster as it approaches the Posey Tube. I suspect it hasn't registered with a lot of people, and it probably won't until it's fully constructed.

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