A new, 1.5-mile stretch of Dougherty Road opened to drivers in San Ramon's Dougherty Valley Friday.
With the new connection, Dougherty Road runs continuously from I-580 in Dublin to Crow Canyon Road near the Danville-San Ramon border.
The Dougherty Road connection starts at the Plaza at Gale Ranch Shopping Center at its north end and run to Rancho San Ramon Community Park at the south, intersecting with Bollinger Canyon Road on each end.
The opening also came in time for opening day at the new Bella Vista Elementary School, which opens to students Monday.
Old Dougherty Road, a strip of roadway at the south end of Dougherty Valley that connects Bollinger Canyon Road to neighborhoods on Stoneleaf and Ivy Leaf Springs roads, will be closed to vehicular traffic permanently on Aug. 29.
Construction crews will then start working to convert Old Dougherty Road to a public-use bicycle and pedestrian trail that is estimated to open early next year, according to city officials.
The roadway projects are a collaborative effort among the city of San Ramon, Contra Costa County and Dougherty Valley's private developers, Shapell Industries/Toll Brothers.
For more information on Dougherty Road, check out the city's FAQ for the project.