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?