Traffic on newly-opened Stoneridge Drive moved smoothly this week following a festive ribbon-cutting ceremony led by Mayor Jerry Thorne that also included regional, county and Livermore leaders.
Stoneridge Drive now extends from Foothill Road at its western terminus to El Charro Road, where it connects to Jack London Boulevard in Livermore and also provides direct access to I-580 just north of that intersection.
Thorne said the completion of Stoneridge Drive, first planned in 1989, provides a direct, safer route to travel between the two cities and also gives residents of both cities faster access to ValleyCare medical facilities in Pleasanton and Livermore.
Stoneridge Creek, Pleasanton's new retirement community on Staples Ranch, shared in the opening day festivities with its own official opening an hour later.
Among the crowd that attended those ceremonies were more than 200 who have already moved into the upscale independent living apartments and homes, the first of 635 who will live in Stoneridge Creek.
Also now open is a new 7-acre public park between Stoneridge Creek and Stoneridge Road, which includes tennis courts and trail connections.