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February 6, 2018 > Officials celebrate transfer of SR 185 to Alameda County

Officials celebrate transfer of SR 185 to Alameda County

Submitted By Tomasa Duenas

Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) presided over a ceremony February 1, 2018 to celebrate the first phase of long-needed road improvements to SR-185. The gathering at Ashland Place was to celebrate the passage of Assembly Bill (AB) 333 that bill authorizes Caltrans to relinquish the segment of SR-185 (between the City of San Leandro and Hayward) to Alameda County and clears the way for Alameda County to implement the next phase in significant improvements along this route.
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?This is an exciting day. The County has been fighting to claim ownership of this road for years. The condition along this portion of SR-185 has been in continuous deterioration due to a lack of maintenance. Today?s ceremony symbolizes the start of the formal and official transfer of ownership to the County,? said Assemblymember Quirk.
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Assemblymember Quirk was joined by Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont), Supervisor Wilma Chan, California Department of Transportation District 4 Director Bijan Sartipi, Alameda County Public Works Director Daniel Woldesenbet, and Community Development Initiative Manager with Ashland Place, Breann Gala.
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The section of SR-185 running along sections of Mission Boulevard and East 14th Street in unincorporated Alameda County is currently owned and maintained by CalTrans. Proposed improvements include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, pavement rehabilitation, pedestrian scale lighting, utility undergrounding, landscaping, and streetscape improvements.
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?I appreciate the tremendous efforts of our public agencies and Assemblyman Quirk to pass AB 333. Transferring ownership of State Route-185 will allow Alameda County to expedite the process for planned corridor improvements that will revitalize the Ashland and Cherryland communities,? said Supervisor Wilma Chan.
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?This relinquishment will facilitate the efficient construction and implementation of the Public Works Agency?s corridor improvement project, provide more local control and enable us to be more responsive to constituent concerns regarding roadway conditions,? said Daniel Woldesenbet, Director of Public Works.
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?Alameda County has been diligent in listening to the concerns of the community regarding the problems along SR-185. I am excited to see this area revitalized and better utilized. Who knows, you may spot me on a bike along this route,? said Assemblymember Quirk.

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