Bill to Grant Alameda County Authority over State Route 185 is Signed
SACRAMENTO – Assembly Bill (AB) 333, by Assemblymember Bill Quirk (D-Hayward), that transfers ownership of a portion of State Route-185 (SR-185) within unincorporated Alameda County from CalTrans to the county has been signed into law.
The section of SR-185 running along sections of Mission Boulevard and East 14th Street in unincorporated Alameda County is currently owned and maintained by CalTrans. The condition of the roadway along this portion of SR-185 is deteriorating due to lack of maintenance. “Beyond issues of pavement quality and age, community members have been vocal about ongoing and unaddressed issues such as graffiti, garbage and general poor conditions around the roadway,” explained Assemblymember Quirk.
The county is working diligently to improve conditions along SR-185 through a multiphase plan. Alameda County Public Works Agency is in the process of designing Phases II and III along the portion of SR-185 that AB 333 seeks to have relinquished to the county. Proposed improvements include bicycle and pedestrian facilities, pavement rehabilitation, pedestrian scale lighting, utility undergrounding, landscaping, and streetscape improvements.
Daniel Woldesenbet, Director of Alameda County Public Works Agency is thankful to Assemblymember Quirk for sponsoring AB 333, “which relinquishes State Route 185, a commercial corridor that cuts through the unincorporated communities of Ashland and Cherryland. This relinquishment will allow for greater flexibility in the implementation of specific plans adopted by these communities as well as the implementation of safety and beautification projects along the East 14th Street corridor."
“I am appreciative that the state has relinquished control of the street to Alameda County. This is no longer a state highway and a relic of the past. The county can take steps to improve traffic calming and development in an efficient, timely, and proactive manner that best serves the current interest of the community. This action serves the public interest and I am thankful to Assemblymember Quirk for making it happen," said Alameda County Supervisor, Nate Miley, whose district runs along SR-185.
“Alameda County has been diligent in listening to the concerns of the community regarding the problems along SR-185. The signing of this bill gives the county the authority to move forward with projects that will increase pedestrian access, cycling and safety. This is one of my most important bills this year because it’s one that my constituents and locally elected officials worked with me to get signed,” said Assemblymember Quirk upon learning his bill was signed.
AB 333 goes into effect January 1, 2018.