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Pleasanton Weekly

News - November 2, 2012

Pleasanton-Dublin link opens under I-580

Project ahead of schedule, under budget

by Dolores Fox Ciardelli

Bikers and hikers will no longer be blocked by Interstate 580 when traveling between Pleasanton and Dublin. The new Alamo Canal Trail link under the freeway was opened last Saturday, connecting the Centennial Trail in Pleasanton with the Alamo Canal Trail that ended just north of I-580 near the Dublin Library.

Cyclists and walking enthusiasts showed up at the dedication to cheer the new safe route away from traffic for people on foot, bikes or skates to travel between schools, homes and their destinations in Pleasanton and Dublin.

"I live on the other side of 580 and have wanted to be able to get over here for years," Congressmen Jerry McNerney (D., 11th) said at the groundbreaking in April, noting also that the project would create desperately needed jobs.

East Bay Regional Park District took the lead in the 794-foot connection, which was years in the making. The trails are located in the flood control channels of Zone 7; in 2006 Zone 7 adopted its Stream Management Master Plan, which tagged the potential project the "I-580 Trail Gap Elimination."

Also partnering were the cities of Pleasanton and Dublin, Alameda County Transportation Commission, Zone 7 Water Agency and Caltrans.

The last $1 million for the $2.4 million project came from federal TIGER II (Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery) funds. Funds also came from Alameda County's Measure B, the Park District's Measure WW, and the cities of Pleasanton and Dublin.

"It was ahead of schedule and under budget," reported Ferd Del Rosario, senior civil engineer with the city of Dublin.

Comments

Posted by tab, a resident of Dublin
on Nov 6, 2012 at 9:19 pm

This is an awesome additional for bicyclists who have to contend with crazy vehicles who take no notice of them. I follow all bike laws and have still almost been run down by a clown who didn't realize he was speeding...IN A BIKE LANE!!!!!!!!! AT NIGHT!!!! Need I say more??? Thank you fellow tax payers. Now we need to pass a small tax on Pleasanton residents so they can pave the entire path. How enjoyable and non-bumpy that would be on my butt and jaw.


Posted by al, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 7, 2012 at 11:39 am

Don't tax residents for your bike wants. Get your biker friends together and raise the money for it yourselves. This country is full of too many people standing around looking for a freebie. Take initiative, not hand outs.

The government already takes over 1/3 of my income in taxes. I refuse to pay more. Eliminate waste spending and special interests.


Posted by registered user, Gary Schwaegerle, a resident of Downtown
on Nov 7, 2012 at 11:45 am

The Bikers sure seem to enjoy Cafes & Dining along the way in Danville & Walnut Creek. This connection may help, when they plan their trips; to get them more easily into Beautiful Historic Downtown Pleasanton. Gary Schwaegerle


Posted by John, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Nov 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm

Hey Al, Would you like to do that kind of direct funding for the roads you drive on, too? How about for the firefighters. If your house catches on fire, you just pay them on the spot? I mean, really, roads and fire and police protection, clean water and safe air travel are all just a freebie handout, aren't they?