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Alameda County Public Works Agency said the major improvements are expected to be completed before Thanksgiving. Artistic elements will be added after the New Year.

Unexpected underground conflicts have pushed Castro Valley's Boulevard Streetscape Project completion date to November according to the Alameda County Public Works Agency.

Signs posted along the road state that the original completion date was set for April 2012. However, The agency now says the completion date it's shooting for is November, right before Thanksgiving.

Construction Program Manager Stanley Fung told Castro Valley Patch the "substantial completion" will include finished roads, lighting fixtures, signals, landscaping, sidewalks and pavement.

Artistic amenities such as the gateway sign, benches and other elements will come after the new year.

"We don't want no work during the holiday season," he said.

The completion date was also extended due to the fact the boulevard project becomes less of a priority for utility companies like PG&E, AT&T and EBMUD when emergencies occur that they have to tend to.

Having to resolve the unexpected underground conflicts were inevitable. For example, the different utilities had to be relocated before something like a storm drain installation could proceed, Fung said.

"Because it's underground, the public may not see them, but they have to be there because they're part of the improvement plan."

David Ross July 03, 2012 at 03:59 PM
That fact that this boondoggle has been delayed again until November doesn't surprise me at all. First they do not do any work during the last month of 2011. That delays it. Then there's a few days of rain. This FEW days - less than 2 weeks - delays the completion for 4 months! Now, because they didn't do their research properly, it's delayed another 2 months. Are the going to work during the 2012 holiday season or not? That's not want Mr. Fung says according to the article. He states "We don't want no work during the holiday season" The "don't" coupled with the "no work" means they want to work during the holiday season. Let this piece of crap be a notice to all: The government is incapable of doing much on time. Almost without exception, it will take longer and cost more to do something major such as this stupid a** "streetscaping."
Rob Phillips July 03, 2012 at 04:34 PM
A busy Starbucks/Subway strip mall with only 15 parking spaces and a driveway ten feet from a busy intersection (Center St & Grove Way), top dollar spent at the height of the construction boom on school facilites, now deteriorating from minimal maintenance, a hurried and incredibly poorly planned and managed streetscape project that is driving business out of town, hey, why not a Goodwill? Who else would want to rent a shop on the Boulevard? If it weren't for bad planning in this town we wouldn't have any planning at all... Welcome to Castro Follies, California!
Analisa Harangozo (Editor) July 03, 2012 at 04:35 PM
David, just to clarify, Fung meant no work will be done during the holiday season.. and by work, it is the artistic elements such as installing benches, the gateway sign, etc.
Jack Ryan July 03, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Wow. Such acidity and vitrol. Hey David and Rob, are you getting any work done today, or are you too busy being pissed at life in general from the comfort of your armchair to actually be productive? Please, post again. We're all dying to hear more about how awful you think life in Castro Valley is. Only next time, I for one hope you are packing a moving box as you vent.
Gary Allsebrook July 03, 2012 at 05:49 PM
Was that November this year? If you think the local govt can't manage a local streetscape project, I can't wait to see how Obamacare goes down. Don't get me wrong, I have seen what Pleasanton and Livermore have done with their downtowns and it's worked very well for them and Castro Valley long overdue for a makeover. The list of bankrupted businesses will grow before this fiasco is over with, however. Looking at the positive maybe some of those empty business will be occupied by a decent restaurant or two so we don't have to drive to Dublin or Pleasanton for a decent dining experience. While we're at it why doesn't Goodwill want the old Daughtry building - it seems like a perfect fit. Getting kind of personal and judgemental Jack. Most everyone I have spoke with is pissed off about how long it's taking and it seems to me that most complainers do so because they like Castro Valley, not because they think life is awful here (it would be nice if the homeless, boozers and druggies would find some other place to hang).
Jack Ryan July 03, 2012 at 05:56 PM
Point taken, Gary. You are right, I was guilty of the same thing I was accusing them of. Somebody must have switched my coffee to decaf. Apologies to David and Rob. -JR
Thomas Dooher July 03, 2012 at 08:00 PM
The sad part is that all if this work had to be done by different agencies with different agendas. Each agency has to spend their alloted money. How many times can CV BLVD be dug up and redone?
David Ross July 04, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Hey, Jack! It's because I love Castro Valley that I hate seeing this streetscape boondogle going on. I wouldn't be bothered by replacing the infrastructure. I am bothered by the other crap they are doing. And, of course, they couldn't complete it on time. First it was a few days of rain. Then it was the stupidity of stopping all construction during December 2011. Now they find out that some pipes weren't where they were suppose to be. All in all, this was an ill-conceived make-work project. The contractor isn't even local. If memory serves, the contractor isn't even Alameda County based!
Thomas Clarke July 04, 2012 at 03:24 AM
I think all of you are missing the point. Our elected representative, Nate Miley, and his cohort in crime, Wilma Chan, are responsible for not stopping the destruction of our main drag for more than a year. Lots of talk and no action. It is time to ride these two out of town. Vote them out or at least insist that every staff member and professional involved in managing the process should be canned.


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