reprinted with permission from the Rockridge News
With money to support a settlement reached in January between Caltrans and the Fourth Bore Coalition, state Sen. Loni Hancock, D-Berkeley, and Assemblywoman Nancy Skinner, D-Berkeley, presented a check for $3 million to Oakland Unified School District officials on April 17 on the baseball field at Chabot Elementary School .
Specialized air-filtration systems and trees will be installed at Chabot Elementary School and Claremont Middle School. These measures will help mitigate air quality and noise impacts from increased traffic caused by the fourth Caldecott Tunnel bore, scheduled to begin construction this summer.
Of the funds, $2 million comes from the state Air Resources Board for upgrades to the ventilation systems of all buildings and classrooms at both schools. An additional $1 million grant was provided by CalFire’s Urban Forestry Program for landscape barriers to mitigate noise expected from increased traffic expected to occur after construction of the new tunnel bore.