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By Chris Gillis
Mission-Foothill makeover almost complete
-- Construction of The Loop in Hayward will start on Friday night, March 15, 2013 and complete before Monday’s morning commute on March 18, 2013. This is a final piece of the biggest public works project in Hayward’s history, designed to relieve congestion, improve traffic and provide easier access to Hayward’s Downtown. However, completing this critical piece of the 238 Corridor Improvement Project will require major traffic disruptions for a short period of time.
The Loop is part of the 238 Mission Corridor Improvement Project, which started in August 2010. Three hundred new trees, Bay Friendly-rated landscaping, landscaped medians, improved sidewalks and new LED street lighting are just some of the highlights. The final product will be a massive improvement for Hayward. Construction of this massive project will be complete by June 2013.
The Loop changes the flow of traffic to a single direction - in a loop configuration - affecting the critical Five Flags area from Jackson Street and Mission Boulevard up to A Street and Foothill Boulevard. It will send southbound traffic from Foothill Boulevard down A Street then onto Mission Boulevard. Northbound traffic will flow from Mission Boulevard and Jackson Street in the south onto Foothill Boulevard until it becomes two-way again north of A Street. From the north, Main, A, C, and D Streets offer several easy ways into Downtown. Heading out of Downtown, Main, B, C, and D Streets all have ways to jump back into The Loop or across it to access the Hayward BART Station or the Upper B Street neighborhood.
Hayward’s Public Works, Maintenance Services, Police and Fire Departments will work to ensure a smooth transition into the new traffic flow patterns. The City expects a normal commute starting Monday, March 18, 2013 but will still be working to ensure people know how to most-efficiently navigate The Loop.
The Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project is paid for primarily with Alameda County Measure B funds, the half-cent transportation sales tax passed by voters and administered by the Alameda County Transportation Commission. The Project stretches from I-580 in the north, down Foothill Boulevard to encompass Downtown and then all the way down Mission Boulevard to Industrial Boulevard. The Project’s goals are to improve access for residents and businesses while improving traffic flow and reducing congestion. Implementing these goals has entailed a complete makeover for two of the City’s major thoroughfares and every intersection they cross.
Please direct enquiries to Morad Fakhrai, Public Works Director, Engineering and Transportation at Morad.Fakhrai@hayward-ca.gov or (510)-583-4740 or to Kevin Briggs, Project Manager at Kevin.Briggs@hayward-ca.gov or (510) 583-3900.
For more information about the Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project, visit http://bit.ly/JxiJHb. For a video about The Loop, visit http://bit.ly/XLjd7W.