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Segments of Iron Horse Trail temporarily closed for pavement maintenance

Trail will be open on weekends and on July 4

The East Bay Regional Park District has closed segments of the Iron Horse Regional Trail for pavement maintenance and improvements.

The trail spans a distance of 32 miles from the Pleasanton/Dublin BART East station and Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton to Concord near Highway 4.

The majority of the closures will take place this week through July 28, with some work continuing through the end of August. The trail will be open on weekends and on July 4.

The locations in Dublin affected by the trail detours include:

* Alamo Canal Trail at the Highway 580 underpass

* Dublin BART at Dublin Boulevard

* Dublin Boulevard to Dougherty Road

* Dougherty Road to Amador Valley Boulevard

* Amador Valley Boulevard to Alameda/Contra Costa border

The Iron Horse Trail improvements include resurfacing, crack sealing, leveling, micro surfacing, slurry sealing, seal coating, and removal and replacement of damaged asphalt.

This multi-use, whole-access trail follows the Southern Pacific Railroad right-of-way established in 1891 and abandoned in 1977.

The trail was completed two years ago when the last segment was opened to Santa Rita Road in Pleasanton.

Representing interagency cooperation and a community-wide effort by individuals and groups, the trail offers a recreational and commute component for the communities it serves. The 20-foot-wide paved trail connects residential and commercial areas, business parks, schools, public transportation (BART, County Connection), open space and parks, regional trails, and community facilities.

The developed Iron Horse Trail begins in Concord, then extends south through Walnut Creek and crosses eastward under I-680 at Rudgear Road near a Park & Ride. From there the trail passes through a rural/residential area to connect with downtown Alamo and the Alamo Square shopping center.

Continuing south, the trail follows a greenbelt through residential areas and into downtown Danville. It takes a jog across Danville Boulevard, passes back under I-680, and continues south past Pine Valley Road to the county line in San Ramon, extending to the Dublin/Pleasanton BART East station and further onto the Shadow Cliffs Regional Recreation Area.

Eventually, the Iron Horse Regional Trail will continue, extending to cover a distance of about 55 miles, connecting 12 cities from Livermore to Suisun Bay in Contra Costa County.

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