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June 22, 2018

Lawsuits Challenges Caltrans Niles Plan

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Posted: Thursday, February 15, 2018 12:00 am

The Alameda Creek Alliance (ACA) has filed a third lawsuit challenging the Caltrans approval and environmental review for road widening projects in Niles Canyon. The lawsuit challenges the Niles Canyon Medium-Term Improvements Project, based in part on inadequate mitigations for extensive tree cutting in the canyon. The Alliance also filed suit in November 2017 against the Alameda Creek Bridge Replacement Project over the same issues.

The Niles Canyon Medium-Term Safety Improvements Project would add two traffic signals on Highway 84 in Sunol at Main Street and Pleasanton-Sunol Road, re-design a low speed curve in the middle of the canyon, widen the shoulders of straightaways on both sides of Sunol, improve guard rails and remove trees and utility poles near the roadway, install rockfall protection systems including mesh cable netting and barriers in the lower canyon, and install speed feedback and warning signs at dangerous locations. The previously-approved Alameda Creek Bridge Replacement Project would replace the 90-year old Alameda Creek Bridge and add modern safety railings and road shoulders for bicyclist and motorist safety. Caltrans also proposes engineering the approaches to the bridge and at the low speed curve, increasing motorist speeds to 45 mph.

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