Photos: How $2.4 Million Beautified Lewelling Boulevard

The Lewelling project is like the Streetscape project that transformed part of Castro Valley (which will hold a "Meet the Street" celebration Saturday). Do you support such government projects?


Local elected officials and dignitaries recently celebrated the Lewelling Improvements Project and the construction of a new plaza at Lewelling Boulevard and Via Granada. 

“This is one of the larger projects that the Alameda County Public Works Agency has delivered in the past few years," said said agency director Daniel Woldesenbet. 

"Lewelling Boulevard is now one of my favorite streets,” Supervisor Nate Miley said.   

Funding for this $2,400,000 project was provided by Measure B Funds, the Highway User Tax Account, Bay Area Air Quality Management Department (BAAQMD – TFCA funds), Infrastructure Bond (Prop 1B), and the utility companies. 

The boulevard was widened along a 0.8 mile stretch between I-880 and Meekland Avenue. It improved bicycle and pedestrian safety, while allowing cars to flow more smoothly. 

The work include landscaped medians, wide sidewalks with pedestrian lighting, street furniture and educational plaques at ten historic locations.

The project on Lewelling is very much like the Streetscape project that transformed a section of Castro Valley Boulevard. That project will be celebrate with a "Meet the Street" festival on Saturday.

In hindsight, were these projects good ideas? What will they do for their communities? Would you like to see more?

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Jessica Gardner November 09, 2012 at 03:15 PM
Much cheaper, less time, looks better than castro valley blvd
Lynn Mc. November 09, 2012 at 03:28 PM
Too bad OSH is closing.
Jessica Gardner November 09, 2012 at 05:48 PM
Too bad for OSH hopefully a nice store goes in there
Tom Abate (Editor) November 09, 2012 at 06:16 PM
It is too bad OSH is closing. Could this be an unintentional test of the value of such projects? They are abandoning what should now be a prime space on busy boulevard that now looks great. Let's hope it fills up soon. But with what?
Jessica Gardner November 09, 2012 at 06:48 PM
Exactly with what? Both leveling and castro valley blvd are examples of bad planning Castro valley blvd added a paint store All that money for what??
Talisa C. November 09, 2012 at 07:52 PM
I think a Mi Pueblo would be a nice addition. With Lewelling recently renovated, the location and the great parking I think it would do really well.
Allan Andersen November 09, 2012 at 08:03 PM
They both look nice but I think they were both a waste of money given the economic times. As with a family budget, when things are tight you forgo luxury and buy what is necessary. CV Blvd. had sewer/water issues to repair so take care of that. The balance of the money could have been spent more wisely elsewhere. Why pay for fancy new streetlights when the other ones were working just fine? A waste of tax-payer money when we should be spending in a more conservative manner.
Chris November 09, 2012 at 08:26 PM
Fancy streets and sidewalks? I think moneys spent on education is much more important. Sure, the streets look real nice. It will give our uneducated and homeless a nice place to sleep!
Cherith Cutestory November 09, 2012 at 11:30 PM
It's literally one stretch of highway and that one corner that was fixed. It's a hassle getting through there now. It's impossible to get gas at the stations because u-turns aren't permitted and the medians are in the way. I give them credit for fixing the bike lanes, but what about the lack of lanes and sidewalk right after you pass Meekland and head towards Mission? It is nice, but definitely doesn't look or feel like a 2.4 mil dollar project.
Fred Eiger November 10, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Lewelling had a quaint rural feel to it. Now it's just a vacuous space of concrete and emptied of character. Sometimes projects such as this strip away the soul of the street in order for an oddly designed "modernization".
Talisa C. November 10, 2012 at 11:23 PM
I meant the Mi Pueblo to go in to the OSH since its closing.
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