'New' Dougherty Road now open

Old Dougherty Road segment closing later in month, converting to public trail

A new, 1.5-mile stretch of Dougherty Road opened to drivers in San Ramon's Dougherty Valley Friday.

With the new connection, Dougherty Road runs continuously from I-580 in Dublin to Crow Canyon Road near the Danville-San Ramon border.

The Dougherty Road connection starts at the Plaza at Gale Ranch Shopping Center at its north end and run to Rancho San Ramon Community Park at the south, intersecting with Bollinger Canyon Road on each end.

The opening also came in time for opening day at the new Bella Vista Elementary School, which opens to students Monday.

Old Dougherty Road, a strip of roadway at the south end of Dougherty Valley that connects Bollinger Canyon Road to neighborhoods on Stoneleaf and Ivy Leaf Springs roads, will be closed to vehicular traffic permanently on Aug. 29.

Construction crews will then start working to convert Old Dougherty Road to a public-use bicycle and pedestrian trail that is estimated to open early next year, according to city officials.

The roadway projects are a collaborative effort among the city of San Ramon, Contra Costa County and Dougherty Valley's private developers, Shapell Industries/Toll Brothers.

For more information on Dougherty Road, check out the city's FAQ for the project.

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Posted by San Ramon
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 23, 2016 at 11:38 pm

Now with this new road the city has decided to close the old Dougherty Road to honor an agreement that was done some 25 years ago, many residents requested to the Mayor that this road be kept open but looks lke the request went to deaf ears.

Closing the old road is going to increase commute by 2 to 3 miles for 1000s of cars to get out of Gale Ranch and head towards Dublin, this is going to colletively add 10,000+ miles every day....right in the small pocket of Gale on youtube "new dougherty road" to see a aerial viiew of the new road.

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Posted by SHale
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 24, 2016 at 11:33 am

2 to 3 miles more? More like one mile and 5 or 6 stop lights. the good news if all light GREEN the long way is actually faster.

Now just have to remember road closing this week and to not go in that direction, since I use the 'old' road twice a day....

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Posted by CanyonLakes
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 24, 2016 at 12:51 pm

Show me ONE commute that is 3 miles longer because of opening the new road? Think about all the residents on Stoneleaf who bought their homes with the understanding and commitment from the city that their street would one day become a quiet residential neighborhood.

San Ramon has become nothing more than a community of commuters, 6 lane roads with highway speeds. How many parents reading this would let their children ride their bicycles to any school along Dougherty or Bollinger?

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Posted by SHale
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 25, 2016 at 11:40 am

hmmm. Think of the people on main branch road and all the increased traffic THEY will get. The traffic will merely be moved to someplace else. Having avoided 'old' Dougherty Road today I can tell you it is longer due to hitting every single red light; heck it's only a single mile longer. It's the lights that make it sucky when compared to the 'old' road.

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Posted by GaleRanchResident
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 25, 2016 at 2:32 pm

Closing the shortcut through a residential neighborhood is a good thing. The new road is designed to accommodate the traffic. The Main Branch road will get some more cars, but only those from a portion the Mosaic neighborhood. All the other commuters from all over Gale Ranch and Windemere that used to cut through the residential area - will now have to take roads designed to handle the traffic. This is a very good thing for Mosaic neighborhood. The very few vocal critics of this closure are exaggerating the commute by a ridiculous amount. One guy in the paper claimed a 40 minute add to his morning commute, completely ridiculous and misleading. More like 5 to 10 minutes max....the same guy has been super vocal on NextDoor, with the mayor, the newspapers and anyone who will listen. Really annoying and selfish - get a life dude - you are like the Ryan Lochte of commuters with your embellishment of the facts.

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Posted by Who Cares
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Aug 25, 2016 at 5:17 pm

Isn't this the "PLEASANTON" Weekly. Who cares what the whiners in San Ramon think. If anything, they drive through our town and make our traffic worse.

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Posted by SHale
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 25, 2016 at 6:00 pm

SHale is a registered user.

Perhaps you unaware both sites are run by the same publisher. they posted on PW, why not whine to them directly?
And give me back my sales tax on the car I purchased in Pleasanton; I certainly did not receive any benefit of THAT tax. :)

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Posted by SHale
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 25, 2016 at 6:06 pm

SHale is a registered user.

hmmm. For those who live by QR School the 'new' road is pretty useless. We'd only use the 'new' road if going to the park or BV school and that part of the 'new' road has been open for almost 2 years.
No, the 'new' road wasn't intended to replace the 'old' road. They are in completely different areas separated by a creek.
And afraid Main Branch will see a lot more than 'some' cars. All those who used the old road daily, will be shunted there beginning Monday.
all in all those who moved here and didn't do any due diligence, well was big surprise to them....ignorance is not bliss all the time....

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