News in Brief
News in Brief
Tube Closures Scheduled
The Posey and Webster Street tubes (State Route 61) will be closed overnight next week. The Posey Tube will be closed on Tuesday, May 23, while the Webster Tube will close on Wednesday, May 24. The closures are due to maintenance work.
The tubes will close at 10 p.m. the night of and reopen at 4:30 a.m. the following morning. While the Posey Tube is closed the Webster Tube will remain open and vice versa.
The closures are overnight only. Detours will be in place at the Posey Tube and California Highway Patrol officers will be in place to assist motorists.
The Webster and Posey tubes connect the cities of Alameda and Oakland.
Converter Theft Witnesses Assaulted
The Alameda Police Department (APD) reported that a firearm was discharged after good Samaritans attempted to intervene during the commission of catalytic converter thefts on May 9. APD asks residents to be mindful when witnessing a crime.
“Your safety to us, your loved ones, and your neighbors is of the utmost importance. If you witness a crime, remember that your safety is the priority. Avoid placing yourself in potentially dangerous situations. Get to a safe place, call for help, and be a good witness,” wrote APD in a statement.
APD did not release the location of the theft, but according to KRON4, the vehicle was a Toyota Prius. APD said the Toyota Prius is one of the three vehicles most impacted by catalytic converter thefts.
APD offers tips to help prevent catalytic converter thefts:
• Install an anti-theft device.
• Paint your catalytic converter to help quickly identify it as stolen.
• Install an alarm that activates when your car is tilted.
• Park in well-lit areas within view of your security camera system.
• Install a motion sensor dash cam that can notify you of an in-progress theft or record the license plate of the getaway car.
• Draw attention to your vehicle by activating your car’s alarm from a safe distance. Others may become alert and provide additional details to investigators.
• Be a good witness and call 9-1-1 immediately.
The city’s Public Works Department recently reopened West Tower Avenue and Saratoga Street at Alameda Point. The street officially reopened on May 15. Shortly after the new roads open, Pan Am, between West Tower and West Midway, and West Midway, between Pan Am and Saratoga, will close.
This next phase of work on Pan Am and West Midway will install additional new underground utilities and construct brand new roadways with bike and pedestrian facilities, landscaping, and street lighting.
The city anticipates these roads being closed through the end of the calendar year.
The city is working closely with the adjacent neighbors and others directly impacted by closing these two roads and detours will be in place for the duration of the closure.
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