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Redwood Landfill Hwy 101 overpass to finish in 1 year

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  • 3/29 Marin IJ
    Published Monday, March 29, 2004, in the Marin Independent Journal Overpass at Redwood Landfill is expected to be finished in a year By Mark Prado IJ reporter
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      Published Monday, March 29, 2004, in the Marin Independent Journal

      Overpass at Redwood Landfill is expected to be finished in a year

      By Mark Prado
      IJ reporter

      A year from now, work on an overpass traversing a dangerous section
      of Highway 101 north of Novato should be just about done.

      For decades, trucks leaving and entering the Redwood Landfill have
      crossed Highway 101, mixing with drivers cruising at freeway speeds.
      Now Waste Management Inc., which runs the Redwood Landfill, will
      spend $7.2 million to make the area safer by building an 1812 foot-
      high overpass as part of a 1994 agreement for expansion of the dump.

      "It can be pretty hairy there," said Glen Roycroft, Waste
      Management's engineer and manager of the project.

      Roycroft lives in Greenbrae and doesn't dare cross the highway to get
      to southbound Highway 101 during commute hours.

      "There is no way, the traffic is just way too thick. I have to go
      north to San Antonio (Road)," he said.

      If Roycroft is coming south during heavy traffic and needs to get to
      the landfill, he drives all the way down to Atherton Avenue in Novato
      and doubles back, rather than cross Highway 101.

      The California Department of Transportation is providing oversight
      for the project, but work will be done by a contractor hired by Waste
      Management.

      "We are glad to see the work done," said Bob Haus, Caltrans
      spokesman. "Having traffic cross a major highway is not an optimum
      condition."

      The area has been the scene of many accidents; in recent years 30
      accidents, resulting in one fatality and at least 12 injuries, have
      been tallied. But state figures show it is not more dangerous than
      similar intersections.

      Work on the overpass is set to begin in August if all goes to plan,
      with construction finishing next April or May, Roycroft said.

      The overpass will allow southbound and northbound trucks to exit the
      freeway and get to the landfill without crossing the median. Although
      not intended for public use, officials expect some people will use
      the overpass to switch directions. But the overpass will be open only
      during landfill business hours -- 7 a.m. to 3 p.m.

      Lanes for trucks to gain speed to get on and off the freeway will be
      part of the project, adding to safety, Roycroft said.

      Work on the project will require some movement of lanes on Highway
      101, but delays are expected to be minimal. Some work will require
      the closure of lanes, but that will occur in the middle of the night,
      officials said.

      The landfill opened in 1958, and concerns about the intersection have
      grown as traffic has increased over the years. About 80,000 motorists
      a day drive by the Highway 101 crossing at the Redwood Landfill,
      records show.

      "Back in the 1950s it may have not been a problem, but with all the
      traffic, now it is," Haus said.


      Contact Mark Prado via e-mail at mprado@...
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