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BART overpass bridge installed for future Antioch station


The Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) late last week installed a pedestrian overpass bridge that will lead to a future Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) station in Antioch, Calif.

The venture represented a "major milestone" in the agency's quest to bring BART services to eastern Contra Costa County, CCTA officials said in a press release.

The 145-foot-long bridge crosses over Highway 4, and will enable residents boarding at Hillcrest Avenue to arrive at the Pittsburg-Bay Point BART station in 10 minutes.

"We are providing not only needed capacity on Highway 4, but expanded transit options as well," said CCTA Chair Julie Pierce. "That’s how we are working in partnership with other agencies and the community to build a smarter and more efficient transportation network in Contra Costa County."

The East Contra Costa BART Extension Project, also known as eBART, will add about 10 miles of track between BART's existing station at Pittsburgh/Bay Point and Antioch. The venture is being built in coordination with a project to widen Highway 4, according to the project's site.