VALLEJO – It’s Labor Day weekend and many Californians are expected to hit the road. In Vallejo, a complete closure of western Interstate 80 is causing some to put vacation plans on hold.
All westbound traffic was stopped at the I-780 Interchange. Caltrans closed the Alfred Zampa Memorial Bridge in Vallejo for a major facelift. Caltrans will pave kilometers of concrete, lay asphalt and carry out repairs on the bridge and beyond.
CalTrans closed the highway Thursday evening and many in Vallejo say traffic has been a mess all day. The closure not only affects some people’s vacation plans, but also their ability to get to work.
The Willis family of Vallejo does everything they can to avoid the traffic nightmare.
“As you can see, I went shopping. I am home. Nothing. I’ll wait until Tuesday,” said Simone Willis.
Alternative routes turned into parking lots, especially during evening traffic.
‘It does not make any sense. Who makes all these decisions?’ Ricardo Willis, a delivery driver, wondered.
Willis was at the California-Oregon border on Friday morning, rescheduling his deliveries for the day.
“When I was getting ready to get to San Francisco, it would have caused a two-hour delay for me, so I had to change all my client plans and deliver tomorrow,” he said.
Another family came all the way from Texas to visit the Bay Area and got stuck in the middle of the traffic chaos.
CalTrans says the closure will compress the equivalent of 106 nights of much-needed roadwork into four days.
Drivers understand that there is work to be done.
‘I think it’s necessary. The roads do need repair but I think they could have fixed it in a different way. On a holiday weekend? Hmmm,” said Willis.
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