News digestHighway 84 work begins
Mayor Jennifer Hosterman joined other city, county and regional representatives last Thursday for a groundbreaking ceremony marking the long-awaited start of the State Route 84 expressway that will eventually link I-580 to I-680 along the Isabel Avenue and Vallecitos Road corridor. The upgrade will result in expressway standards with a 55 mph speed limit.
Upgrading Highway 84 to expressway status has long been a goal of the Pleasanton City Council and traffic planners. They see the improved route as an attractive alternative for hundreds of commuters who now use Pleasanton streets, especially Sunol Boulevard/First Street, to avoid congestion at the 580/680 interchange.
The project will be constructed in two segments, with the northern part completed by early 2014 and the southern in mid-2016. The total cost estimate is $122.4 million, being financed in part by $16 million made available by Proposition 1B, the transportation bond and sales tax measure approved by voters in 2006.
Stand Down needs help
Volunteers are needed to help homeless veterans, both men and women, who will gather Sept. 13-16 at the Alameda County Fairgrounds for the annual East Bay Stand Down. Each year, more than 450 receive services and information over a four-day period, including dental, medical, legal, Veterans Administration, addiction programs, showers, haircuts, massages, new clothing, shoes and food.
The event uses 1,000 volunteers. Jobs include preparing and serving meals, escorting veterans to appointments, and other support functions. Volunteers must register by Aug. 31 at www.eastbaystanddown.org. Learn more at a meeting at 6 p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 21, at Veterans Memorial Building, 400 Hartz Ave., Danville.
Pleasanton's Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center on Black Avenue near Santa Rita Road will host the annual Tri-Valley Swim League Championships tomorrow, expected to draw about 900 swimmers and fans from 6 a.m.-5:30 p.m. The city has worked with the league on a traffic flow system to reduce the event's impact on the surrounding neighborhoods.
The Aquatic Center is the home of the Piranha Swim Team. Also competing in the league are the Briarhill Barracudas, Clubsport Tidal Waves, Del Prado Stingrays, Dublin Green Gators, FAST Dolphins, Pleasanton Meadows Sharks and Ruby Hill Killer Whales swim teams.