Ghirardelli Associates

International Partnering Institute Recognizes I-580/I-80 Central Ave. Operational Improvements Project

Each year the International Partnering Institute honors project teams and individuals who follow the IPI model and have exhibited the highest levels of collaboration. Ghirardelli was notified that our work on the I-80 / Central Avenue Operational Improvements Project Phase I for the Contra Costa Transportation Authority was nominated and has won the 2019 International Partnering Institute’s (IPI’s) Partnered Project of the Year Award and was honored with the Ruby Level Award.  The award was presented on Friday, May 17th at the Hilton San Francisco Airport Bayfront in Burlingame.

Location: Richmond, CA
Owner:  Contra Costa Transportation Authority
Prime Contractor: Ghilotti Bros., Inc.
Designer:  WSP
Construction Manager:  Ghirardelli Associates
Facilitator:  OrgMetrics LLC
Project Description:
The I-80 Central Ave. Operational Improvements Project was a complex signalization and traffic operation scope located between the I-80 and I-580 freeways in Richmond CA. Central Avenue is a main thoroughfare connecting downtown El Cerrito through the City of Richmond to the I-80 Freeway. During peak traffic hours, more than 3,000 vehicles per day use Central Avenue to access the freeway, causing excessive traffic cues and regular 15-minute delays. The project relieves congestion caused by cars getting stuck at a traffic light leaving downtown El Cerrito. This project scope took over ten years to plan, design and construct and represents the first of two phases to relieve traffic congestion in this area.

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