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Highway 85 Road Weekend Closures Continue

Need to travel north or south on Highway 85 from Los Altos, Mountain View, Sunnyvale or Cupertino? Be ready to detour at certain spot beginning as early as 7 p.m. and through the night.

For people who love to hate the bumpy commute on Highway 85, things are about to get a little better, Caltrans says.

But first they have to close off ramps and roadways overnight, in a project that will extend from April to July.

Most lane and ramp closures will begin at 8 p.m. and end before 5 a.m. on weekdays. On weekends, most closures will end by 10 a.m., according to a news release issued earlier this month by Caltrans spokesman Bernard Walik.

For the weekend of May 12-13,  however, the closures are actually an hour earlier and an hour later, according to Caltrans' daily lane closure report made available to the media. 

Lane and Ramp closures, Saturday through Sunday, May 12-13

Highway 85 Southbound:

  • All three southbound lanes closed from the Hwy 101 junction to the Hwy 237 junction, 6 p.m. to noon, May 12-13
  • All three southbound lanes closed from Hwy 237 to Stevens Creek Boulvard, 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. May 12-13 
  • Connector ramp closed from Hwy 85 to Hwy 237, 
  • Connector ramps closed to I-280, May 13, 1 to 8 a.m.

Highway 85 Northbound

  • Fremont Avenue off-ramp closed 7 p.m. to 11 a.m. May 12 to 13
  • Off-ramp to El Camino Real, May 12-13, 8 p.m. to 10 a.m. (unclear which direction on El Camino Real)
  • Off-ramp to El Camino Real, May 12-13, 8 p.m. to 12 noon. (unclear which direction on El Camino Real)
  • All lanes closed from Stevens Creek Boulevard to Hwy 237, May 12-13, 7 p.m. to 10 a.m.
  • On-Ramp closed from Stevens Creek Boulevard to Hwy 85, May 13, midnight to 9 a.m.
  • Connector ramp from Hwy 85 to Hwy 237, 1 to 8 a.m., May 13
  • Connector ramps from Hwy 85 to Interstate 280, 1 to 8 a.m, May 13

The work performed includes grinding existing concrete and replace damaged slabs with rapid strength concrete, a type being used extensively on roadways now for its quick-curing characteristics that allow road surfaces to be operational in a few hours. The shoulders and ramps will get hot asphalt mix. Damaged guard rails are expected to be replaced, as well.  

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Ray Morneau April 22, 2012 at 03:16 PM
Thanks for the heads up - and for including the clickable link to the CalTrans blurb. Your write up summarized things for April 21 & 22 ... and includes what appears to be a superfluous mention of weekdays ... until I click the link and see that the project runs April to July and does include weekday:-) It's difficult to know how much to summarize so you don't overwhelm me;-) Thanks. Ray
L.A. Chung (Editor) April 22, 2012 at 05:07 PM
You're welcome. I tried to focus on the immediate closures but provide a sense of the broader situation. Looks like I should tweak the article to make the April-July timeframe clear. Caltrans issues day by day closure updates so that it can adapt to changing circumstances.
Trudy May 12, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I don't see any 'keep me posted' button... Last night's high-pitched screeching and grinding noises from Mars kept me awake until 2 a.m. How are neighbors expected to survive this ordeal? We have to be able to function the next day. trudysw@sbcglobal.net
Trudy May 12, 2012 at 05:12 PM
So... Can you bring us up to date on this 85 project? Are they doing it in sections or are all of us going to suffer sleep-deprivation indefinitely?
Trudy May 12, 2012 at 05:36 PM
If they post daily updates on construction, why has nothing been updated here since April?
Robin May 13, 2012 at 05:17 PM
Thank you for the reminders and updates! They help me plan my day!
Li Yu May 30, 2012 at 07:00 AM
This is getting really annoying! My house is near the 85 ramp. The noise is so loud and continues to so deep night every day. Even with double paned windows, the noise is driving me crazy. Right now, it is 12am at night, and the noise is still really really loud here. Is it going to be like this until July? Someone may get sick by then and can't work any more.

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