Friday, June 28, 2013

Next Stop: Warm Springs

On Wednesday, June 26, the SFPUC partnered with BART and Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) to show Fremont city councilmembers and local media three infrastructure improvement projects in Fremont's Warm Springs business district.

These construction projects are located within a 1-mile radius and are sandwiched between the I-680 and I-880 on Mission Blvd. They are part of regional water and transportation programs with a combined budget nearing $8 billion!

WSIP Director Julie Labonte welcomed the Fremont city council and reporters and 
announced that the WSIP and its 80+ projects are nearly 75% complete.

The event was designed to attract not only city council, but also reporters from multi-lingual and ethnic news sources. The event helped to reach commuters and residents of all cultural backgrounds throughout this diverse community. This summer kicked off major construction activities for all three projects that could cause delays for commuters who live in the area.

Fremont City Council committed nearly three hours out of their work days and participated in the event to understand the complexity of the construction projects and the lifelong benefits it would bring to their region.

"When agencies work together, the public wins," said WSIP Director Julie Labonte. "By coordinating our infrastructure improvements to enhance the economic vitality of the area now, we will minimize disruptions to Bay Area residents and visitors in the long run."

Radio, TV and print reporters participated in the tour to learn more 
about the infrastructure investments in the Warm Springs area. 

According to the South Fremont/Warm Springs Redevelopment Plan, within 25 years the Warm Springs business district is expected to grow employment by 48%. Due to excellent planning, this economic growth will be supported by the BART extension program, nearby VTA road improvements to Mission Blvd/Warren Ave and the seismic improvements to the Hetch Hetchy Water System that the SFPUC is undertaking within the Hayward Earthquake Fault at the I-680/Mission Blvd interchange.

Seismic Upgrade of BDPL 3&4 Project Manager Bryan Dessaure explained 
how the new pipeline design would ensure Fremont and our 2.6 million 
customers would have a reliable water supply following an earthquake. 

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