January 21, 2014 > Hayward honored
Submitted By Frank Holland
The successful execution of the largest capital improvement project in HaywardÕs history has led American City & County magazine to select the City as one of its 2013 ÒCrown Communities.Ó
The annual award recognizes exceptional accomplishments by local governments within the last year. Winning entries are selected for their uniqueness, short - and long-term value to the community and effective or innovative financing. Hayward joins six other cities across the nation in accepting the honor, each of which is profiled in the December issue of the magazine.
The city achieved the distinction for its sweeping 238 Mission Corridor Improvement Project, which began in August 2010 and was fully operational for traffic by June of 2013. For more than 40 years, Route 238 in Hayward had been a highly-congested regional commute corridor and a source of constant frustration to local residents and that needed better access to community facilities, educational institutions and transportation hubs.
The project Ð totaling more than $100 million and accomplished in coordination with Caltrans, Alameda CTC, and Alameda County Ð included six hundred new trees, ÒBay FriendlyÓ-rated landscaping, landscaped medians, improved sidewalks, new way-finding signs and new LED street lighting among many other infrastructural improvements. The cityÕs efforts transformed a congested, barren roadway into a beautifully landscaped facility that now provides for pedestrians, bicyclists, transit, trucks and cars.
ÒThis honor is gratifying on many levels,Ó said Hayward Mayor Michael Sweeney. ÒThe scope of the job and the number of people involved in executing it make it an extraordinary accomplishment. I thank all of the agencies and partners who collaborated with us in all phases of the project.Ó