One eastbound bore of the Caldecott Tunnel was closed for the early portion of the commute Monday morning after a collision between two vehicles sent smoke billowing from the far right bore.
Two suspects were taken into custody after leading authorities on a pursuit on state Highway 24 and then colliding with two other motorists just west of the Caldecott Tunnel in Oakland Monday afternoon, a Contra Costa County sheriff’s spokesman said.
A crash between a big-rig and pickup truck briefly blocked lanes of westbound state Highway 24 in Orinda during the morning commute Tuesday.
It was a smooth ride for commuters Monday morning on the first weekday since the Caldecott Tunnel’s fourth bore opened over the weekend.
The new westbound fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel in Orinda has officially opened to the public Saturday morning.
The new fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel will open by Saturday morning, a Caltrans director said Friday.
Traffic was flowing normally through the Caldecott Tunnel after a car fire in the tunnel’s first bore Friday morning filled the tunnel with smoke, prompted the evacuation of dozens of motorists and passengers and sent eight people to the hospital.
Caltrans apologized for a power outage that caused major backups at the Caldecott Tunnel Monday morning, because of an inability to switch the middle bore to westbound traffic. Workers were testing the new system out when they tripped a circuit that caused the glitch.
The new Fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel will have several escape routes for commuters in the event of a major emergency.
The Caldecott Tunnel Fourth Bore Project marked a significant milestone Tuesday afternoon when crews tunneling from its east and west sides broke through to meet in the middle.