California Department of Transportation

California Department of Transportation

Headquarters - Public Affairs Office
Mark DeSio
(916) 654-5782

September 16, 2008


California’s MacArthur Maze is in the running for a national “People’s Choice Award”

If you liked how the MacArthur Maze freeway collapse was handled in 2007, then the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) wants to hear from you.

The MacArthur Maze is one of 10 transportation projects across the country nominated by AASHTO for a “People’s Choice Award.” On-line voting is taking place now at:

The MacArthur Maze Project received national attention when a 168-foot section of an interstate connector ramp collapsed on April 29, 2007 after a gasoline truck carrying 8,600 gallons of fuel exploded into a white-hot blaze, affecting ramps exiting off the Bay Bridge from San Francisco, known locally as the MacArthur Maze. Thanks to an emergency proclamation by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger and an innovative contract that rewarded quick work by contractor C.C. Myers, Caltrans reopened the freeway in less than a month.

AASHTO will name the winner at its annual meeting in Hartford, Connecticut, October 19.