Massive Alemany Project Starts With Coronavirus On The Mind

Vehicles begin to feel the impact of lane closures for the Alemany Project on Highway 101 in San Francisco.
Photo credit Megan Goldsby/KCBS Radio

As Caltrans crews work around the clock on the massive Highway 101 Alemany Project in San Francisco, they will still be protecting themselves from the coronavirus.

"It’s a worksite anyway so we’ve got hard hats and protective gear, but in addition to that we’ve got masks, because the protocol (says) if you can’t be six feet away, you’ve got to put the mask on," Caltrans Deputy of External Affairs Cheryl Chambers said.

Chambers told KCBS Radio they will also be taking workers’ temperatures when they start their shifts to protect everyone from getting the coronavirus in the event someone is carrying it.

"We’re very mindful of the fact we’ve got a pandemic going on while we’re trying to complete this work," Chambers said.

As KCBS Radio has previously reported, it is because of the COVID-19 pandemic that the work is taking place now anyway.

If you’re unfamiliar with the Alemany Project, northbound traffic on Highway 101 will divert to Northbound I-280 during the demolition of the northbound lanes. Once the northbound lanes are rebuilt, southbound lanes will divert onto the newly-built northbound lanes.

Caltrans estimates delays of between 20-60 minutes, depending on the time of day you’re passing through the impacted stretch.

More information is available from Caltrans here.

The goal is to reopen completely by May 3rd.