East Bay BART riders warned of total track shutdown over 6 weekends
Add some extra travel time if you need to get through the Orinda-to-Walnut Creek corridor on Highway 24 or BART this weekend.
On August 17-18 tracks will be shut down between the towns as crews work to replace 5,000 feet of aging track. The work will also force the closure of two lanes of Highway 24.
"Free buses provided by County Connection and AC Transit will replace trains between the Orinda, Lafayette, and Walnut Creek stations while work crews replace nearly 50-year-old track components that have outlived their useful lives," BART officials said in a press release announcing the delays. "The two left lanes on eastbound Highway 24 near the Lafayette Station and Oak Hill Road will be closed while the track work takes place."
Highway 24 delays are expected to add up to 30 minutes to the usual drive time, according to BART. The bus bridge will likely take about 40 minutes longer than a typical BART ride.
Future track shutdowns between Orinda and Walnut Creek are also planned for Labor Day weekend, as well as the weekends of September 14 and 28 and October 12 and 26.
Delays are also likely on August 24 as well as September 7 and 21 and October 19 as service is limited to a single track through the area. Those dates will also include overnight shutdowns of Highway 24 lanes.
Bill Disbrow is an SFGATE Senior Digital Editor. Contact: [email protected]