Starting at 8 pm Friday construction crews will begin blocking off traffic at key intersections along Mission and Foothill boulevards in Hayward in order to create a new one way traffic flow that city officials have dubbed "The Hayward Loop."
According to the city:
The Loop changes the flow of traffic to a single direction — in a loop configuration — affecting the critical Five Flags area from Jackson Street and Mission Blvd up to A Street and Foothill Blvd. It will send southbound traffic from Foothill Blvd down A Street then onto Mission Blvd. Northbound traffic will flow from Mission Blvd and Jackson Street in the south onto Foothill Blvd until it becomes two-way again north of A Street. From the north, Main, A, C, and D Streets offer several easy ways into Downtown. Heading out of Downtown, Main, B, C, and D Streets all have ways to jump back into The Loop or across it to access the Hayward BART Station or the Upper B Street neighborhood.
The video and map produced by the city and attached to this story should help make sense of the new traffic pattern.
In order to make the changeover contractors will be blocking off streets in the affected area starting at 8 pm Friday night. The city says the work should be done before the Monday morning commute.
An Oakland Tribune article puts the project into a larger context, as the final piece in the $100 milion Interstate 580 project and the biggest public works effort in Hayward city history.
In addition to temporary disruption in Hayward, expect delays along East 14th Street at 163rd Avenue over the weekend as part of a repaving project.
Do you understand The Hayward Loop. What do you think?