Plan for Downtown Traffic Delays Due to Construction on Blue Oak Square

Plan for Downtown Traffic Delays Due to Construction on Blue Oak SquareSource: City of Concord
Eileen Vargas
Published on December 09, 2023

Concord residents, get ready for some early morning traffic challenges downtown. Commencing today, Meta Housing's Blue Oak Square project will lead to occasional lane closures as they pour concrete for the new structure's third level. To navigate the downtown area smoothly, mark December 9, 15, 22, and 29 on your calendars. Plan your route carefully to avoid congestion on Port Chicago Highway and East Street.

The closures begin at 2 a.m. and last until around 3 p.m., disrupting the usual flow of Concord's morning commuters. Despite the contractor's efforts to minimize traffic impact, delays are expected. In the event of a forecast predicting a 50% or higher chance of rain, the work will be postponed, according to the City of Concord's Facebook page.

To sidestep the upcoming traffic issues, local authorities recommend alternative routes. Instead of using the now-problematic Willow Pass Road, drivers on Clayton Road should consider turning onto Concord Boulevard. A quick transition onto Grant Street should help you avoid congestion and reach the city's core. Patience will be crucial during this period, as navigating these thoroughfares becomes a survival tactic for many residents.

The Blue Oak Square project, emerging from the site of a former blockbuster, promises to be a significant benefit. It will offer 181 affordable apartment homes for individuals and families with incomes ranging from 30% to 70% of the area median income.