FREMONT – Governor Jerry Brown today signed legislation by State Senator Bob Wieckowski (D-Fremont) to relinquish a stretch of State Route (SR) 84 to the city of Fremont, which has plans to make a variety of improvements to the route. Under SB 989, the portion of SR 84 between I-880 and Mission Boulevard will be turned over to the city.
“I am thrilled that this relinquishment, which has been in the works for some time, has finally occurred. Now, Fremont can get to work and make road improvements that will benefit drivers, pedestrians and enhance safety,” said Wieckowski, a member of the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee. “I applaud the Governor for signing this bill.”
This is part of a longstanding agreement with Fremont, the Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC), Caltrans and Union City. In 2006, the four parties entered into a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to have the route relinquished through legislation. The relinquishment process was underway in 2011 in conjunction with a redevelopment project, but ended when redevelopment agencies were eliminated.
Fremont obtained a grant from the Alameda CTC last year to upgrade sections of SR 84 and wants to integrate the relinquishment with the related project improvements.
“Moving forward the City of Fremont will be better able to meet our community’s needs by making safety improvements that will transform this old state highway into a new modern street. Our efforts will focus on providing greater mobility for pedestrians and bicyclists, safer routes to several schools in the area, more efficient traffic signals, and ADA curb ramps,” said Fremont Mayor Lily Mei. “I would like to thank Senator Wieckowski for his role in successfully getting this bill passed.”
Wieckowski represents the 10th Senate District, which includes southern Alameda County and parts of northeast Santa Clara County.