People-friendly interchange project wins statewide recognition


California Construction News staff writer

The City of San José’s Blossom Hill-US 101 interchange project has won a statewide award for interchange project of they year from the California Transportation Foundation.

Work was completed by the Department of Transportation (DOT) with the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) leading construction along with Caltrans, and a consultant team.

This is our second award for the project which was honoured last month by the American Public Works Association – Silicon Valley Chapter with an award for transportation project of the year in the category of projects over $25 million.

The project was designed to address traffic circulation on Blossom Hill Road at US 101 and the surrounding area while improving safety and convenience for people walking, rolling, and biking across the interchange. It features an innovative separated path that winds over and under the freeway on- and off-ramps. The unique safety feature is the first in San José to be incorporated in an interchange, creating a safe inviting path for all modes to travel on.

“It’s amazing to see how far the project team has come, from developing multiple interchange design concepts on paper to now a fully built interchange,” said Neil Ong,  DOT senior engineer and project manager “The best part is knowing that the nearby community, represented by the Coyote Creek Neighborhood Association, who were very supportive of this project, can now reap the benefits.”

VTA produced a video about the project:


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