Those who drive on Black Avenue must be wondering why all the fuss over occasional heavy traffic and why the need to spend more than $400,000 in taxpayer funds to make it the road less traveled. Black Avenue is unique in Pleasanton and those who live along the route, and have been the complainers, knew what they were getting when they bought their homes. Alisal Elementary at one end and Walnut Grove Elementary at the other were there long before most moved onto Black Avenue or the intersecting side streets. The Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center along with its hot weather crowds and occasional swim tournaments have been part of life (and traffic) on Black Avenue for decades. The post office with its 5 p.m. deadline customers and the Gingerbread preschool across the street also are old-timers. Add Lynnewood Methodist Church and a Quarry Lane school and Black Avenue, probably more than any other residential street, has traffic.
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posted Friday, December 20, 2013, 12:00 AM