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.