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February 13, 2018 > Bill would give part of Route 84 to Fremont

Bill would give part of Route 84 to Fremont

Submitted By Jeff Barbosa

State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) introduced legislation February 5 to relinquish a stretch of State Route (SR) 84 to the city of Fremont. Under SB 989, the portion of SR 84 between I-880 and Mission Boulevard would be turned over to the city.

?Fremont has long desired to have Caltrans relinquished this portion of the route when the time was right. Now everything is coming into place and I am pleased to author SB 989 for Fremont,? said Wieckowski, a member of the Senate?s Transportation and Housing Committee. ?This is part of a longstanding agreement with Fremont, the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), Caltrans and Union City. It will benefit this stretch of the corridor.?

In 2006, the four parties entered into a Memorandum of Understanding to have the route relinquished through legislation. Fremont recently obtained a grant from the Alameda CTC to upgrade sections of SR 84 and wants to integrate the relinquishment with the related project improvements.

?The City of Fremont looks forward to transforming this old state highway into a new modern street that better serves the needs of our local community,? said Fremont Mayor Lily Mei. ?Planned improvements include rebuilt pavement surfaces, safer walking routes to school, ADA curb ramps, more efficient traffic signals, and enhancements for the Centerville business district.?

The national recession in 2008 and the dissolution of redevelopment agencies temporarily delayed the movement toward relinquishing part of SR 84. SB 989 will be eligible to be heard in the Senate next month.

Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District, which includes southern Alameda County and parts of northeast Santa Clara County.

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