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December 27, 2016 > Fremont News Briefs

Fremont News Briefs

By Cheryl Golden

FremontÕs Vision Zero 2020 begins 20 projects in 20 months
The City of Fremont has begun implementation of its Vision Zero 2020 Action Plan with Ò20 Projects in 20 Months.Ó The Ò20 Projects in 20 MonthsÓ campaign began this past spring and will continue rolling out projects that will improve the safety of FremontÕs streets. Several projects that have been completed or are nearing completion include replacing pedestrian signals with countdown pedestrian signals at all intersections throughout the city, building better bikeways, installing speed lumps in neighborhoods to calm traffic, and retrofitting FremontÕs streetlights to LED technology for improved nighttime visibility. For more information about Ò20 Projects in 20 Months,Ó check out the Vision Zero 2020 videos at

The 20 Projects in 20 Months include:
Stop distracted driving pledge in partnership with the Girl Scouts Ð ongoing
ÒLook for SafetyÓ street marking campaign in partnership with Youth Service Corps Ð completed summer 2016
Reduce ÒhighÓ speed limits at hotspots Ð completed spring 2016
Countdown pedestrian signals Ð ongoing through December 2016
More buffered bike lanes Ð completed summer 2016
Green bike lanes Ð completed summer 2016
Neighborhood traffic calming phase 1 Ð completed summer 2016
LED streetlight upgrade on Fremont Boulevard Ð completed October 2016
LED streetlight upgrade, citywide Ð ongoing through early 2017
Install concrete safety barrier on Grimmer Blvd. curve Ð completed October 2016
Turn restrictions to prevent neighborhood cutÐthrough traffic during peak commute hours near Mission/Interstate 680 Ð November 2016
Turn restrictions during peak commute hours near Mission/Niles Canyon Ð November 2016
Speed management on Kato Road near Tesla and Thermo Fisher Scientific Ð early 2017
Partial one-way street conversion on Morrison Canyon Road Ð early 2017
New traffic signal at Fremont Boulevard and Old Warm Springs Road Ð under construction through spring 2017
Enhanced crosswalks Ð installation of pedestrian signal at Fremont/Bonde Ð summer 2017
Enhanced crosswalks Ð installation of flashing beacons at Mowry/Waterside Ð summer 2017
Enhanced crosswalks Ð installation of flashing beacons at Washington/Olive Ð summer 2017
Enhanced crosswalks Ð installation of flashing beacons at Warren/Bradley Ð summer 2017
Safety education videos Ð ongoing through summer 2017

For more information, contact Alina Kwak at or 510-284-4014.

Attention Fremont Drivers ? Road Closure at Marrieta Dr. and Stevenson Blvd.
Starting on January 4, 2017, PG&E will begin construction on the corner of Marrieta Dr. and Stevenson Blvd. There will be a road closure in effect on Marietta Dr. as you turn onto Stevenson Blvd. For motorists attempting to turn onto Stevenson Blvd., they will be redirected to a detour route via Omar St.

PG&E will be installing a SCADA (Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition) system. This system monitors and allows operators to control the CityÕs gas system remotely, enabling PG&E to move more quickly to assess and resolve problems in our community. The project is not expected to exceed two months, and night work is not permitted on this project. The City of Fremont apologizes for any inconvenience.

Fremont Warming Center
The Fremont Warming Center for the Homeless Community is located at the Fremont Senior Center, 40086 Paseo Padre Pkwy, in Fremont.

To check when the center is open (weather under 40 degrees and/or raining), call the hotline daily at 510-574-2222. Drop-in hours are between 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. If staying the night, there are no ins and outs between 8 p.m. to 7 a.m. Those staying at the Warming Center will receive hot food and coffee in a warm friendly environment.

The Fremont Warming Center can use your help! To make a donation to the Warming Center, visit To volunteer, contact the CityÕs MaryLou Johnson at

City of Fremont Initiatives Underway
Projects in Fremont are starting to come to life in our initiative areas of Downtown and the Innovation District in Warm Springs/South Fremont. Capitol Avenue is now a new multimodal street that is transforming Downtown into a walkable and bike-friendly district.

Locale @ State Street is under construction and will change DowntownÕs skyline with a mix of housing and retail opportunities available in 2018. Downtown will serve as a hub for many popular events, parades, and festivals including Burgers and Brew Fest, Fremont Street Eats, and the largest free street festival west of the Mississippi, Fremont Festival of the Arts.

FremontÕs new Warm Springs/South Fremont BART station will serve as an economic catalyst in creating a transit-oriented, job-focused, and mixed-use innovation district. The iconic cable-stayed West Access Bridge and Plaza project, with additional pedestrian and bicycle access west of the station, is scheduled for construction in spring 2017.

Lennar and Toll Brothers are also building major public infrastructures. This includes multimodal streets, a new public elementary school, community parks and plazas, and affordable rental housing scheduled to go vertical in winter 2016/17.

For more information and to check out FremontÕs upcoming events, visit and

FremontÕs Rotational Public Art Program to Launch in Spring 2017
The City of Fremont will officially launch its Rotational Public Art Program in spring 2017. This program was made possible by an Art Fund that was established in the Downtown, Warm Springs, and City Center (area surrounding the Downtown) community plans. The Art Fund is financed through development fees and will focus on showcasing exciting, interesting pieces of artwork to support the arts and create a sense of identity for these initiative areas. The Art Review Board is responsible for administering the fund and making art selection recommendations to the Fremont City Council. The selected pieces will rotate approximately every two years. The program began in Downtown Fremont and will expand to Warm Springs and the City Center as funds become available in those districts.

The first installation occurred in Downtown with ÔHeartfullness,Õ a sculpture by artist Katy Boynton. The artwork is on display through January 31, 2017. A new piece is anticipated to replace ÔHeartfullnessÕ in spring 2017.

Winter Break Camps for Kids
The holiday break for schools is almost over! The City of Fremont Recreation Services has you covered with camps on January 3-6. WeÕve got indoor and outdoor sports camps, just for fun camps, academic enrichment camps, and everything in-between. Most of our camp locations offer extended care to help with full day coverage from 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. So donÕt delay Ð register today, and enjoy the holidays knowing that your kids are safe and having a great time with the City of Fremont. WeÕll see you in camp! For more information, visit or register online at

LED Streetlight Upgrades Nearing Completion
The LED upgrade of our neighborhood streetlights is complete for standard ÒcobraheadÓ streetlight fixtures. For neighborhoods with non-standard Òdecorative" streetlight fixtures (top hat, globe, mission bell, teardrop, lantern, or box-shaped), crews will begin upgrades in late January 2017, with an expected completion of March 2017. For private streets, the City does not maintain the streetlights in those areas, but residents are encouraged to discuss an LED upgrade with their homeownerÕs associations (HOAs). For arterial or main streets (e.g., Decoto, Thornton, Mowry, Central, Grimmer, Osgood), upgrades to standard ÒcobraheadÓ streetlights have started and are scheduled to be completed by mid-January 2017. For more information, please visit

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