Alameda County Supervisor Scott Haggerty talks about Highway 84

The Independent‘s May 26, 2011 print edition has a great article on its front page titled, “Haggerty talks about Budget Cuts, Highway 84, and BART to Portola”.  We will link to the online story as soon as it becomes available, but in the meantime, you can purchase The Independent‘s May 26, 2011 print edition, or settle for these highlights:

[Alameda County Supervisor Scott] Haggerty spoke at a Pleasanton Chamber of Commerce luncheon May 24 in what was billed as a “State of the County” talk.

Haggerty also discussed why the chamber should become more involved in lobbying for an expansion of Highway 84 to four lanes west of Pigeon Pass… [Pigeon Pass is the hilly terrain on Vallecitos, west of Isabel Avenue and east of 680.]

On the route 84 issue, Haggerty said the highway should be widened to four lanes from west of Pigeon Pass.

The Sierra Club has opposed the widening as being growth-inducing.  Haggerty encouraged the Chamber to become active at CalTrans meetings to work toward obtaining funding for the widening.

Building Highway 84 to four lanes, something that Pleasanton wants, would relieve Interstate 680 congestion for the following 15 years, said Haggerty.

As it is now, the truck lanes that were installed have improved traffic conditions on the road by 25 percent.  With four lanes, they would be improved by 100 percent [Haggerty said].

The article is particularly interesting since, as mentioned in a previous blog entry, Supervisor Haggerty is employed by an an out-of-state trucking company with a depot on the east side of Livermore.

The City of Livermore has a good map (and memorandum) that illustrates planned roadway improvements through Livermore (as of July 26, 2000).  You will note that the projects seem to radiate from the middle of the far right-hand side of the map, which oddly enough is where Supervisor Haggerty’s employer has its truck depot (7140 Patterson Pass Road, between Greenville and Vasco Road).  You will also note that SR 84 west of 680 is not marked by a heavy line in the map (hardly surprising, since the map was prepared by Livermore over a decade ago); but it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to deduce that truck traffic will continue through Sunol and down Niles Canyon Road once the “improvements” are implemented.

Finally, a group of Livermore residents object to having their segment of SR 84 widened.  They have independently reached the same conclusion we have — that one of the primary beneficiaries of widening SR 84 is the trucking industry.

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