May 14, 2010 > Slough bridge named in recognition of Treasurer Lockyer's Bay Trail vision
Slough bridge named in recognition of Treasurer Lockyer's Bay Trail vision
Submitted By Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority
On Friday, May 7, the City of San Leandro held a grand opening for the Bay Trail Slough Bridge at the Oyster Bay Regional Park. The bridge is named the "Bill Lockyer Bay Trail Bridge" in honor of California State Treasurer Lockyer's vision and perseverance in bringing the Bay Trail to the greater San Francisco Bay Area. The dedication also commemorates completion of the 300th mile of the San Francisco Bay Trail, which is administered by the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG).
"I'm humbled to have the Bay Trail Slough Bridge named in my honor," said Lockyer. "For more than 20 years, the Bay Trail has served as a model of successful local government collaboration. It's been wonderful to watch the trail expand over the years and to see us move closer to our goal of circling the Bay."
With the opening of the 300 ft. pedestrian/bicycle bridge, a major gap in the trail has been closed, enabling non-motorized, active transportation options from the Martin Luther King Jr. Regional Shoreline in Oakland to the San Mateo-Hayward Bridge. The $3.6M bridge project was a co-operative effort between the City of San Leandro and multiple agencies, including a $1M Bicycle/Pedestrian Grant from the Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA), which administers the County's half-cent transportation sales tax measure (Measure B).
"The City of San Leandro is tremendously proud to have been the lead agency on this project, primarily because it gave us the opportunity to help complete the 300th mile of the San Francisco Bay Trail and it brought even more bicycling and walking opportunities for our community to enjoy the beauty of the San Francisco Bay. However, we're equally proud of having participated in such a broad collaborative effort with all the agencies involved with this project. In these challenging times, there's much that can still be accomplished when we work together," stated San Leandro's Mayor Anthony Santos.
"Legislators in all nine Bay Area counties must work together to secure future funding and partner to complete the Bay Trail's remaining 200 miles, not in another 25 years but much sooner. Other projects will also compete for funds. ACTIA and the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency have supported the slough bridge through the Measure B half-cent sales tax, East Bay Regional Park District through Measure W; the Port of Oakland has supported the maintenance. All these funding sources and agencies come together to enable transportation projects to occur. We shall seek reauthorization of Measure B in 2012. Such projects don't consist only of highways, buses and road-widening but include paratransit, active transportation for pedestrians and bicyclists... the whole gamut," concluded Mark Green, ABAG President, ACTIA Chair and Mayor of Union City.
For more information, contact Community Relations Representative Kathy Ornelas at (510) 577-3358 or firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ACTIA2022.com and http://BayTrail.ABAG.ca.gov
Alameda County Transportation Improvement Authority (ACTIA)
ACTIA administers Measure B, the half-cent transportation sales tax in Alameda County, which was approved by 81.5 percent of the voters in November 2000. ACTIA delivers transportation improvements and services to keep Alameda County moving, including mass transit projects and programs, transit villages, bicycle and pedestrian corridors and key highway projects to eliminate bottlenecks and improve local connectivity.
For more information, visit the ACTIA website at www.ACTIA2022.com.