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Wave goodbye to the Old Stanley trees!!

Original post made by unclehomerr.., Downtown, on Aug 3, 2008

A couple of years ago, the City Council authorized a 'traffic study' on Old Stanley Blvd. $70,000 was authorized to study traffic patterns and make recommendations to the council.

Friday, I noticed a large number of utility poles and trees with white paint spots sprayed on them. Do you think these are the ones selected for removal?? Have the recommendations been presented for council action? Will the great spotted trees be gone before anyone's aware?? Did council already act on this... quietly and without public scrutiny or discussion??

This street is a great representation of 'Old Pleasanton' with the canopy of shade and well established trees. Take a ride with your kids and/or grandkids so they can see it before it's gone.


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 3, 2008 at 10:16 pm

Why does anything need to be done to Old Stanley? I drive it every day, and don't see the need for expansion.

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Posted by Cosmic-Charlie
a resident of Downtown
on Aug 4, 2008 at 8:52 am

Getting work done on old Stanley Blvd. has been a long process. There have been no improvements on this road since Valley tire/Mobile gas station and the Union 76 station on the corner of Main at Santa Rita Road and Stanley. I describe this section of Stanley Blvd. as "the bumpist road in Pleasanton.

My understanding is the street will be widened with sidewalks and a two-way center turn lane. Although I'm not too sure about the turn lane. I pity the poor residents along this section of Stanley Blvd. because, in the morning, traffic is so heavy you would be hard-pressed to turn on to Stanley Blvd. from say, the retirement housing complex.

I know PG&E is going to set back their power poles as part of the improvement. The trees are in the way.

I have been following the progress of the improvement for many years now, and I'm not so sure that it would be a good idea to help facilitate more cut through traffic by the widening. I would have liked to have seen some kind of a traffic moderating scheme on one end or the other of this old section of Stanley Blvd.

We will lose some trees, but with curbs sidewalks and gutters, the aesthetics of this section of Stanley Blvd. will improve. I don't know if that is a good thing.

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Posted by Stacey
a resident of Amberwood/Wood Meadows
on Aug 4, 2008 at 9:24 am

The east-west-south route past Pleasanton downtown has always been a major regional transportation corridor since the establishment of Pleasanton and Livermore. The sad truth is that there are no roads large enough to handle the modern traffic loads through that area and given the residential makeup of the area along the route, never will be. Believing that cut-through traffic can be eliminated along that route is a pipe-dream.

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Posted by Fletch
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2008 at 10:31 am

By "Old Stanley" aren't you referring to the couple of blocks between Main and First? I think that much of the morning traffic is from school related traffic, Amador mainly. But there is always pedestrian traffic along there as well so sidewalks would be good. Center turn lane seems unneccessary from my frequent observations along that stretch.

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Posted by Jan
a resident of Another Pleasanton neighborhood
on Aug 4, 2008 at 12:05 pm

It's incredibly painful to see healthy trees being destroyed.

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Posted by frank
a resident of Pleasanton Heights
on Aug 4, 2008 at 9:34 pm

The term "cut-through" traffic was used above, code words used for not improving traffic flow in Pleasanton, even if the benefit accrues mostly to its citizens because some non-citizens might use it to some degree.

Now anyone who has lived here long enough will know that the segment of Stanley from Main to First Street stopped being cut-through when Valley Avenue was extended to Stanley from Santa Rita Road, which occurred quite long ago. The so-called cut-through is the headache that today exists on Valley!!!!

It seems memories are short or non-existent around this town. Before Valley went through to Stanley and before the gravel companies reached agreement with Pleasanton to stop using both First Street from I680 and I580-Santa Rita to the segment of Stanley we are talking about the BIG cut-through problem were the gravel trucks.

The Valley Road extension eliminated any meaningful cut-through traffic on this segment of Stanley. So, are we not to improve traffic flow on this road that benefits mostly Pleasanton users?

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