Pleasanton Mayor Jerry Thorne joined other city, civic and regional leaders this week in officially marking the completion of the first phase of widening State Route 84 between the I-580 and I-680 freeways.
With this widening project, the Isabel Avenue segment of Hwy. 84 is completed as a four-and six-lane throughway from I-580 to Stanley Boulevard.
The next phase of improvement will widen the roadway to four lanes to the Ruby Hill Eastgate entry point at Pleasanton's eastern edge. Eventually, plans call for widening Hwy. 84 to I-680, turning the thoroughfare into a junior expressway.
"This project will build a vital connection between Interstate 580 in Livermore and Interstate 680 through Pleasanton to Sunol," Mayor Jerry Thorne said at last Monday's ceremonies. "These projects improve public safety and efficiency and provide multiple community benefits."
Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty said that with the improvements to Hwy. 84, the roadway reaches expressway standards of 55 mile-per-hour drive speeds."
"These investments benefit Tri-Valley residents and Bay Area commuters alike," Haggerty said. "A healthy economy depends on a reliable transportation system and it is in our best interests to see that people and products move safely and efficiently throughout Alameda County. These projects help us meet that goal."
Other speakers included Mayors John Marchand of Livermore and Tim Sbranti of Dublin, Caltrans District 4 Director Bijan Sartipi and Alameda County Metropolitan Transportation Commission chairwoman Amy Rein Worth.
Citing the Measure BB transportation tax measure on Tuesday's Alameda County ballot, Thorne said the county's transportation commission "has made its case with its 25-year track record of delivering projects efficiently and cost-effectively."
"I'm proud that the Pleasanton City Council unanimously supported the 2014 transportation expenditure plan on next week's ballot," Thorne added."
"We know that economic growth happens when we invest in infrastructure," Thorne said. "The 20124 plan will provide $8 billion, yielding $20 billion in economic activity for our region, and 150,000 jobs. That's a strong return on our investment."
The expressway widening project is the third of five in a series of projects to improve Hwy. 84. The first four projects, beginning with the 580/Isabel Avenue interchange completed in March 2012, are funded by a combination of local Measure B, state and federal funds.
If voters approve the Alameda County 2014 Transportation Expenditure Plan next Tuesday, the final segment of will be funded, completing the entire corridor between I-580 and I-680, Haggerty said.