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Carpool lane construction starts today on westbound I-580 through Livermore, Pleasanton

Original post made on Jun 13, 2013

A groundbreaking ceremony will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 13, to mark the start of construction of the 13-mile-long westbound I-580 carpool lane, extending from Greenville Road in Livermore to the San Ramon/Foothill Road overcrossing in Dublin/Pleasanton. The ceremony will take place at the Freisman Road cul-de-sac in front of 1660 Freisman Road in Livermore. Freisman Road runs parallel to I-580, between El Charro Road and Airway Boulevard. The project is funded by Measure B, federal, state Proposition 1B bond funds and local dollars. Construction is to be completed in late 2014.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Thursday, June 13, 2013, 7:18 AM

Comments (11)

Posted by Donna K, a resident of Danbury Park
on Jun 13, 2013 at 9:42 am

I hope they're planning to improve the 580/680 interchange simultaneously, or it will be a waste of time and money and we will just have a bigger bottleneck as even more cars attempt to exit and enter 580.

Posted by anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 13, 2013 at 11:09 am

The E580 to S680 needs to be turned into flyover style connector from the old cloverleaf style connector. Traffic pattern and counts have changed in the decades since these freeways/connectors were first built.

Posted by wagerty, a resident of Vintage Hills Elementary School
on Jun 14, 2013 at 6:45 am

Dont Look for a flyover anytime soon, a certain county supervisor(term used loosely ) who's name rhymes with wagerty, sold out on a fly over for the 84/Isabel/pigeon pass connector a long time ago.

Posted by Freeway, a resident of Castlewood
on Jun 14, 2013 at 9:00 am

Haggerty is right. One billion dollars for a flyover. Or, make 84 into an expressway and bypass it entirely. I would rather have a shorter route that bypasses all of Pleasanton. That would eliminate all traffic backups on 580 and 680 in Pleasanton.

Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2013 at 9:51 am

Yet another example of governmental bias, planning already obsolete roadways in order to cut sweetheart deals with unions. Upshot? Eventually someone is going to have to pay the piper. Probably our grandchildren and great grandchildren who will suffer a profound flooding of tax demands to the point that they will absolutely drown in debt. There is a huge tsunami out there just waiting to happen.

Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2013 at 9:59 am

I might also add that the very concept of carpool lane is a collectivist idea that can only contribute to the mounting mountain of debt that threatens perhaps not myself and other true individuals, more so at least since I'm already awash in tax payments, but our future generations. How are our grandkids going to be able survive if they have to pay over 13% on salaries over a million a year? It's impossible to fathom how people could even begin to live under such crushing tsunami-like obligations to the collectivist state.

Posted by anon, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2013 at 1:17 pm

anon is a registered user.

@Arnold. Our forefathers mortgaged their children's and their children's children's future and we will continue to do the same. The house my grandparents bought for $5K in 1955, now sells for $1.8M. The house that today sells for $1M will cost your grandchild $4M. Pay/salaries will rise as well. I do not worry about mortgaging my child's future. I am preparing them for the real world. I am hoping that there is a world here for them, what with global warming and all. No society will ever become debt free, just like most people are not debt free. I have never been in a union. I don't have the union mindset. However, at one time unions served a great purpose. Stop with the tsunami talks. Changes are being made, contracts are changing and workers are beginning to contribute more to their retirement etc. What is it you do/did for a living that you are so upset that a segment of the workforce has a great pension? Also, are you aware that teachers cannot collect Social Security? And for many who worked in other industries before coming teachers and paid into SS. They forfeit that because of their pension.

Posted by Arnold, a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 14, 2013 at 2:43 pm

I have spelled out some very important ideas, but 'anon' -- too cowardly to use his real name -- casts spurious aspersions toward me. Is there any way you can simply make his posts disappear? Also, they appear to be too liberal for this newspaper site.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 18, 2013 at 6:23 pm


Teachers get Social Security along with their pension. Although I'm sure "progressives" may want to establish need-based social security insurance as part of their Utopia, pensions don't disqualify you from receiving Social Security Insurance yet.

Posted by Steve, a resident of Stoneridge
on Jun 18, 2013 at 6:33 pm


You're also wrong about Global Warming. The hoax that was going to be so useful in separating dollars from our pockets and creating great investment strategies for politicians conducting insider trading is old news. "Warming" has been stalled for 15 years, and so-called climatologists can't explain it. With all their high tech infallible models, they are lost. I can explain it. It's called natural variability.

If man was the cause, then it certainly would not have stalled for a period of 15 years during which we've done very little globally to reduce "green house gases".

So don't worry about Global Warming. Instead, worry about the insidious progressives who want to control how you live your life (Bloomberg, Obama, Bush,...).

Posted by Emily, a resident of Fairlands Elementary School
on Jun 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm

this construction is so loud it is ruining my home living.

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