Mission-Foothill Makeover Has End in Sight!
The traffic circulation in the downtown area was implemented during the weekend of March 15. Since then, the City’s contractor has been working on remaining construction activities in the downtown area. The project is expected to be substantially complete by June 20, 2013. For more details on the progress of the Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project, please visit us at: www.hayward-ca.gov/route238.
The Loop is part of the 238 Mission Corridor Improvement Project begun in August 2010. Three hundred new trees, Bay Friendly-rated landscaping, landscaped medians, improved sidewalks, new way-finding signs and new LED street lighting are just some of the highlights. The final product will be a massive improvement for Hayward.
The Loop has changed 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 now sends southbound traffic from Foothill Blvd down A Street then onto Mission Blvd. Northbound traffic flows 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 City is monitoring traffic on the loop and making revisions as needed to make sure that people can efficiently navigate The Loop.
The Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project is paid for primarily with Alameda County Measure B funds, the half-cent transportation sales tax passed by voters. The Project stretches from I-580 in the north, down Foothill Blvd to encompass Downtown and then all the way down Mission Blvd to Industrial Blvd. The goals of the Project are to improve access for residents and businesses while improving traffic flow and reducing congestion. Implementing these goals has meant a complete makeover for two of the City’s major thoroughfares and every intersection they cross.
Some Project Highlights
New LED Streetlights: Two styles of new, LED streetlights are installed throughout the project. Besides looking great, they will save a significant amount of energy.
New Landscaping & Trees: A full new landscaping including over 300 new trees were planted to replace frail or damaged ones. The new landscaping and new trees are better suited for busy roadways and, as they mature, will make the streets look even better.
Predictive Traffic Signals: Traffic signal system for every intersection are completely new, with a predictive signaling system that keeps traffic flowing when there is no cross traffic. This predictive system also allow more time for pedestrians to cross safely.
Piano-Key Crosswalks: Select pedestrian crossings in the downtown have crosswalks painted like piano keys—a splash of fun while still serving an important function.
Three New Gateways: Three new gateways welcome people to Hayward: one at Foothill/Mission/Jackson “Five Flags” intersection, and soon to be completed ones at Foothill Blvd at Maple Street and another at Mission Blvd and A Street.
New, Landscaped Medians: The entire stretch of Mission south of Jackson and Foothill north of A Street has new center medians with landscaping.
Water-Efficient Landscaping: All landscaping is 100% Bay Friendly-rated, using plants that are better suited to Hayward’s climate, require less maintenance, and use little or no water. This will save on long-term maintenance costs and result in healthier, hardier plants.
Parking Lot Refresh: Parking Lot 5, serving businesses at Foothill Blvd and A Street, has been refreshed corner-to-corner with new landscaping, lighting, and paving.
Off The Grid's Home: The new Five Flags Park at the Foothill and Mission intersection is a break from the urban gird and home to Monday’s Off The Grid, the mobile, gourmet street-food market.
No City Funds Used: The Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project is paid primarily with Alameda County Measure B funds, the half-cent transportation sales tax passed by voters.
More Information, Contact Us
Looking for more information about The Loop or the Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project?
Inquires can be directed to Morad Fakhrai, Public Works Director, Engineering and Transportation, at Morad.Fakhrai@hayward-ca.gov or 510-583-4740. Project Manager Kevin Briggs oversees the Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project and can be reached at Kevin.Briggs@hayward-ca.gov or 583-3900.