City Council is making critical funding decisions on a key city roadway decades in the making. Twenty years ago, the East-West Connector was envisioned as a multi-lane roadway and bike path that could connect Mission Boulevard and I-880 while providing a vital connection to Union City’s growing Station District. The project stalled when construction costs increased due to the project’s complexity, and additional funding sources had to be found.Ultimately, they were with the passage of voter-supported Measures B and BB.With the increasing need for traffic solutions, Union City has reopened the project to provide critical infrastructure to alleviate congestion in the City.
Building a new roadway takes coordination by many partners, such as the City of Fremont, Alameda County Water District, the State’s Fish and Game Agency, BART, Union Pacific Railroad, and others. City Council is deciding on whether to fund four separate segments of the roadway that fall in Union City and Fremont jurisdictions, and is expected to make a final decision on February 27.
The funds to construct the roadway would come from MeasureBB, Dumbarton Corridor and the Intermodal Station District funds. If completed,the roadway will serve as an artery for future residents and employees in the city’s Station District.