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Caltrans to widen and straighten Niles Canyon -- info!

Original post made by Nancy, Foothill High School, on Mar 6, 2011

Hi!

This post is regarding Caltrans' plans to, IMHO, waste $80 million in taxpayer dollars to ruin Niles Canyon. (I posted on this topic last week - pls excuse typos!)

Here are several ways to learn all about this project and, if you like, to join in the ongoing, excellent, and detail-rich discussion:

•Egroup -- Web Link (to join, send blank email to: Niles_Canyon-subscribe@yahoogroups.com )

•Website -- www.savenilescanyon.org

•Facebook -- Web Link

•Twitter -- Web Link

Many, like me, commute through Niles Canyon each day.

Thank you ~

Nancy

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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2011 at 10:00 am

Amazing what government entities will do to protect their jobs and paychecks. Very sad.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2011 at 11:11 am

Damn the potholes full speed ahead on another waste of money and Caltrans clown in orange. Just wonderful


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Posted by Tissy
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2011 at 2:19 pm

Why is progress and/or improvement so quickly labeled a waste of taxpayer money. Improvements to Niles Canyon are long overdue. The number of fatalities and other traffic incidents is staggering. Also, if big rigs are allowed to continue using this road as a connector route, it needs to join the 21st century.

Chillax a bit!


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Posted by Fred
a resident of Livermore
on Mar 7, 2011 at 2:49 pm

I drive through there too and the safety stuff is long overdue.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2011 at 7:52 pm

"Also, if big rigs are allowed to continue using this road as a connector route, it needs to join the 21st century."

Then don't allow big rigs on that highway.

That route is one of the most beautiful drives in the area. It is a shame it is being ruined.


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Posted by Why?
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2011 at 8:03 pm

Completely agree with previous point. Why ruin one of the most beautiful drives in the bay area?


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Posted by Me Too
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 7, 2011 at 8:16 pm

"Why ruin one of the most beautiful drives in the bay area?" - probably because Congress is passing out stimulus money for road projects so we can give people jobs, so one or more of our wonderful elected officials couldn't figure out some place else to spend the money.


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Posted by Nancy
a resident of Foothill High School
on Mar 7, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Niles Canyon actually has a better-than-average safety record -- of course, it's not the best road for drunks to use at night.

Please consider:

•The DEIR notes that "Accident rates for the period January 2005-December 2007 dropped below the statewide average for this type of highway facility."

•Safety improvements made by Caltrans after 2004, especially the double row of Bott's dots with a rumble strip median installed in August 2007, are not factored into Caltrans' statistics.


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Posted by Kelly
a resident of Ruby Hill
on Mar 8, 2011 at 8:12 am

Please leave the most beautiful road in the Bay area alone. It is so peaceful to drive through that area. There are alot of other roads that need improving.


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Posted by Hooter
a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2011 at 8:56 am

The problem with this road is that it is too narrow and it has some very dangerous bridge approaches and underpasses. That scenery won't be that enjoyable for you if another vehicle crosses the line and kills or seriously injures one of your loved ones.

Whether they improve it or not, they need to get the trucks off that road. If they can ban trucks on I-580 from Castro Valley to Oakland, they sure ought to be able to ban them from Niles Canyon. Besides, many of the trucks are going through Niles Canyon so they can avoid the truck inspection station on I-680.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2011 at 10:53 am

You can tell who the people are who want to control other people's lives. Just let things be. Fix the potholes before spending millions on very little change. If you don't want to have a head on then don't drive the road. Better yet stay home. LOL


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Posted by kolohe
a resident of another community
on Mar 8, 2011 at 10:57 am

I have to say that I am very sadden to see the removal of the trees in Niles Canyon. I drive the canyon everyday to work here in Pleasanton. On friday nite when I saw all the machines digging and cutting down the trees, it brought back memories of Fern Gully. Yes, a children's movie, told by the animals, insects and plants that live there. It brought tears to my eyes seeing this happening in my backyard. If there is a way to stop CALTRANS, i'm all ears.


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Posted by Concerned
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Mar 8, 2011 at 12:05 pm

There is a public hearing on this tomorrow. Please attend if you care about what is happening:

Public Hearing Tomorrow on CalTrans Destruction Along Alameda Creek in Niles Canyon

Thanks to the hundreds of you who have sent letters or called opposing the Niles Canyon road widening project, and the more than 60 people who were out protesting the destruction on Saturday, state Senator Ellen Corbett's office has set up a public meeting with CalTrans Director Bijan Sartipi for Wednesday, March 9th at 11 am in Fremont to discuss community concerns about the environmental destruction in lower Niles Canyon along Alameda Creek due to the Niles Canyon project.

The meeting will be held tomorrow at 11 am at the Fremont Senior Center, Wing B, located at 40086 Paseo Padre Parkway in Fremont.

If you can attend this meeting please come speak out to insist this unnecessary, controversial and environmentally destructive project be stopped!

If you cannot attend the meeting tomorrow, click on this action alert to send a letter to CalTrans and your city, state and federal officials opposing this unnecessary destruction.

Be sure to tell CalTrans and your elected officials what you think of the meeting being scheduled on a week day when most people cannot attend, with only two days notice.


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Posted by Bill
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Mar 8, 2011 at 12:31 pm

The only thing that needs fixing for the Niles Canyon route is a traffic light (or roundabout) at Murphy's corner (where Paloma Rd, Niles Canyon Rd, and Pleasanton Sunol Rd meet). I doubt that this will cost $80,000,000.

Are the engineers that screwed up I680 carpool lane with the stupid express lane the same ones behind the Niles Canyon scam? I bet you the company responsible for cutting down all the trees along the canyon creek, is owned by the same fool that planted grass shoots along the I680 Washington Blvd curve. This company is probably owned by a former CalTrans engineer trying to supplement their $10,000 per month retirement pension.

Take the 80 million and extend the 4th lane on I680 Sunol Grade northbound from the weigh scales to the 84 merge.


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