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July 31, 2012 > SR 84 Expressway project breaks ground

SR 84 Expressway project breaks ground

Submitted By Tess Lengyel

Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), with partners the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) and the City of Livermore, broke ground on the northern section of the State Route 84 Expressway project. The expressway is one in a series of projects to improve the SR-84 corridor between Interstate 580 in Livermore and Interstate 680 in Sunol. Combined, the projects reduce traffic congestion, improve safety and reduce air pollution.

The SR-84 Expressway project will widen a 4.6-mile section of SR-84 (also known as Isabel Avenue) between Ruby Hill Drive and Stanley Boulevard from two lanes to four lanes, and to six lanes between Stanley Boulevard and Jack London Boulevard. With the upgrade, SR-84 will reach expressway standards of 55-mile-per-hour drive speeds.

"Route 84 is a critical mobility investment in the Tri-Valley", said Mark Green, Mayor of Union City and Chair of the Alameda CTC. "This is a project that has been planned and implemented in stages to deliver congestion relief, improved access and to help support community vitality. Our Measure B transportation sales tax revenue in Alameda County has been a major funding source for each stage of development. If voters approve the Alameda County 2012 Transportation Expenditure Plan in November 2012, we will have funding to close the final gaps on this project with a new interchange at Route 84 and I-680. The combination of local transportation dollars and state bond funds, both approved by voters, is what is delivering this important project in the Tri-Valley."

The project is also integral to the on-going transformation and beautification of Livermore by shifting through-traffic away from the re-designed, pedestrian-friendly city center. Pedestrians and bicyclists will also derive safety benefits - the multi-use trail between Jack London Boulevard and Vineyard Avenue will be improved, closing a gap and providing a continuous 2.5-mile route for bicyclists and pedestrians.

After the SR-84 Expressway project is completed in 2016, there will be one planned project left: a gap closure project to widen SR-84 from two to four lanes between Pigeon Pass and I-680 in Pleasanton and Sunol, including the construction of a new I-680/SR-84 Interchange. This project is in the planning stage and is contingent on obtaining adequate funding. This project is included in Alameda CTC's new Transportation Expenditure Plan, which will be funded by future Alameda County transportation sales tax revenue, if approved by voters in November 2012.

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