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State Route 84 Niles Canyon Safety Improvements


The California Department of Transportation welcomes your comments on the Alameda Creek Bridge Replacement Project Draft Environmental Impact Report and has extended the comment period to Friday, April 3, 2015. Please submit written comments to Caltrans District 4, Attn: Elizabeth White, 111 Grand Avenue MS 8B, Oakland, CA 94612 or via email to nilescanyonprojects@dot.ca.gov. All comments must be received by 5 PM on Friday, April 3, 2015.

A second public open-forum hearing to solicit comments on the Alameda Creek Bridge Replacement Project Draft Environmental Impact Report will be held on Monday, March 23, 2015 from 6 PM to 8 PM at the Sunol Glen Elementary School Cafeteria (11601 Main Street, Sunol). A brief presentation on the project will be given at 6:30 PM. Since the release of the Alameda Creek Bridge Replacement Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR), a Geographic Information System (GIS) error was discovered in the tree data. The numbers in parentheses represent the number of trees identified for removal in the Alameda Creek Bridge Replacement DEIR and the numbers in green accurately reflect the trees identified for removal by each Build Alternative.
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Caltrans has heard the public’s concerns regarding the planned improvements to State Route 84 in Niles Canyon and the need for more public involvement in the planning process. Caltrans is committed to soliciting the public’s feedback and keeping all interested parties informed of progress throughout the planning for the safety improvements on State Route 84.

With Caltrans cooperation the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) conducted an independent Road Safety Assessment of State Route 84 to address safety needs and improvements along the corridor.

Caltrans also assembled a multidisciplinary team from the agencies immediately involved with State Route 84 and conducted a Value Analysis Study from the results of the FHWA’s assessment. A Value Analysis Study is a tool Caltrans uses to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of the solution to an engineering problem. It is a function-oriented, systematic team approach, used to analyze and improve value in a product, facility design, system or service. It is a powerful methodology for solving problems and/or reducing costs while improving performance and/or quality.

On Monday, July 30, 2012 Caltrans held a public meeting to allow both the FHWA and the Value Analysis teams to present their findings and to inform the community that Caltrans has stopped work on the Niles Canyon I, II, and III projects. Below are links to the Road Safety Assessment and Value Analysis.

Recent Developments

In March of 2013, Caltrans held a meeting with project stakeholders to introduce the community to the proposed improvements to the Alameda Creek Bridge Replacement Project. The community raised concerns with the proposed project. Caltrans agreed to explore different alternatives to minimize environmental impacts while still meeting project goals.

On December 5th, 2013, Caltrans held another stakeholders meeting to update the community of Caltrans’ findings in the review of comments we received from our March 2013 meeting. A copy of the presentation can be found at the link below.

  • December 2013 Stakeholders Meeting Presentation.

  • On February 25, 2014 and March 4, 2014, Caltrans held two scoping meetings to request input from the general public, local agencies and local government's input in determining the appropriate scope of the environmental document for the Alameda Creek Bridge Replacement Project. A copy of the presentation from the March 4, 2014 meeting and handout can be found at the link below.

  • March 4, 2014 scoping meeting presentation

  • You can also follow us on twitter @CaltransD4 or email us at nilescanyonprojects@dot.ca.gov to receive updates on safety improvements on State Route 84.