March 5, 2013 > The Loop
Submitted By Chris Gillis
Construction of "The Loop" in Hayward will start Friday night, March 15, 2013 and be completed before Monday's morning commute on March 18, 2013. This is a final piece of the biggest public works project in Hayward's history, designed to relieve congestion, improve traffic and provide easier access to Hayward's Downtown. However, completing this critical piece of the 238 Corridor Improvement Project will require major traffic disruptions for a short period of time.
The Loop is part of the 238 Mission Corridor Improvement Project, started in August 2010. Three hundred new trees, Bay Friendly-rated landscaping, landscaped medians, improved sidewalks and new LED street lighting are just some of the highlights. The final product will be a massive improvement for Hayward. Construction of this huge project will be complete by June 2013.
The Loop changes the flow of traffic to a single direction - in a loop configuration - affecting the critical Five Flags area from Jackson Street and Mission Boulevard up to A Street and Foothill Boulevard. It will send southbound traffic from Foothill Boulevard down A Street then onto Mission Boulevard. Northbound traffic will flow from Mission Boulevard and Jackson Street in the south onto Foothill Boulevard until it becomes two-way again north of A Street. From the north, Main, A, C, and D Streets offer several easy ways into Downtown. Heading out of Downtown, Main, B, C, and D Streets all have ways to jump back into The Loop or across it to access the Hayward BART Station or the Upper B Street neighborhood.
The Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project is paid for primarily with Alameda County Measure B funds, the half-cent transportation sales tax passed by voters and administered by the Alameda County Transportation Commission. The Project is designed to improve access for residents and businesses while improving traffic flow and reducing congestion.
For more information about the Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project, visit http://bit.ly/JxiJHb