Westbound I-580 lanes open as walkway installed to new BART station from Dublin side

Pleasanton side next in mid-July as station readies for opening at year's end

All westbound lanes on I-580 alongside the new West Dublin/Pleasanton BART station near Foothill/San Ramon roads re-opened at 9 a.m. Sunday morning as scheduled after crews installed the first of two pedestrian walkways to the station, which is located in the middle of the freeway.

The work marks the final phase of the station's construction, with BART and Caltrans expected to approve the construction and to open the station to riders at the end of the year or in early 2011.

Overnight, traffic was detoured from the Dougherty Road off-ramp to Dublin Boulevard where motorists could continue traveling west to San Ramon Road and then re-enter the freeway.

Although the steel pedestrian pathways were manufactured and ready two years ago, a year ago, Caltrans, which has oversight for the project, determined that the welds didn't meet the proper safety requirements and could not be repaired. The state transportation agency's standards were different than BART's, which provided the contract specifications.

A BART spokesperson said at the time that it didn't appear the weldings were unsafe, but the agency differed to Caltrans requirement that they be rebuilt, with an additional $2.5 million added to the total cost due to welding problems.

Installation of the pedestrian walkway on the Pleasanton side will take place over two weekends--July 10-11 and again on July 17-18--with eastbound lanes affected at Foothill Road, where they will be directed to Stoneridge Drive to the northbound I-680 ramp and then back onto I-580, according to Allyn Amsk, public information officer for Caltrans.

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Posted by JM
a resident of another community
on Jun 20, 2010 at 9:12 pm

This has got to be the ugliest thing ever designed by BART or whoever is responsible. I hate driving by it everyday--reminds me of a cattle trough to brand cattle........

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Posted by Pro-Law
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Jun 20, 2010 at 11:40 pm

What a complete waste. Crime at the Stoneridge Mall and surrounding neighborhoods will skyrocket now. The two Dublin / Pleasanton stops are so close.

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Posted by anne
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 21, 2010 at 9:23 am

I live in Pleasanton, but can't understand how in the world this project got approved when Livermore NEEDS the station and they have been paying the BART tax for eons! What's the matter with the people making these decisions? Two BART stations in Pleasanton, and none in Livermore? What a waste!!!!!!!

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Posted by Maggie
a resident of Valencia
on Jun 21, 2010 at 9:44 am

I agree with JM and anne. The construction looks like something that would have been built in the 60s and 70s, not 2010.

I never did understand the purpose of this stop. I can understand that there are businesses in that area that may be able to attract potential new employees given the proximity to a BART station but at what cost?

Seems a total waste of money. I would think lowering the cost of BART travel would be a better use of money. If not expanding it a bit further down 580 to help with traffic.

Can anyone shed light as to how something like this gets approved?

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Posted by Curious
a resident of Del Prado
on Jun 21, 2010 at 10:28 am

Folks, go back and search these forums. As stated many times before, the new station was paid in large part by a private developer, so BART welcomed them with open arms. I'm not sure who is paying the final tally with the cost overruns and delays

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