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'New' Dougherty Road scheduled to open Friday

Old Dougherty Road segment closing later in month, converting to public trail

A new, 1.5-mile stretch of Dougherty Road is set to open to drivers in San Ramon's Dougherty Valley on Aug. 12, according to city officials.

The new roadway will connect northern and southern segments of Dougherty Road, which each currently stop at winding Bollinger Canyon Road. With the new connection, Dougherty Road will run continuously from Interstate 580 in Dublin to Crow Canyon Road near the Danville-San Ramon border.

The Dougherty Road connection will start at the Plaza at Gale Ranch Shopping Center at its north end and run down to Rancho San Ramon Community Park at the south, intersecting with Bollinger Canyon Road on each end.

The Aug. 12 opening date means the new Dougherty Road connection will be ready for the first day of school at the new Bella Vista Elementary School, which opens to students Aug. 15 and is located across from Rancho San Ramon.

Old Dougherty Road, a strip of roadway at the south end of Dougherty Valley that connects Bollinger Canyon Road to neighborhoods on Stoneleaf and Ivy Leaf Springs roads, will be closed to vehicular traffic permanently on Aug. 29.

Construction crews will then start working to convert Old Dougherty Road to a public-use bicycle and pedestrian trail that is estimated to open early next year, according to city officials.

The roadway projects are a collaborative effort among the city of San Ramon, Contra Costa County and Dougherty Valley's private developers, Shapell Industries/Toll Brothers.

For more information on Dougherty Road, check out the city's FAQ for the project.

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Posted by Beth
a resident of Diablo Vista Middle School
on Jul 7, 2016 at 7:01 am

This is awesome! I thought this wasn't going to happen until 2020. Will this road end up having any signals, as Bollinger Rd. has, heading down towards Dublin Blvd/580?


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Posted by Shale
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 8, 2016 at 6:17 am

Yes, there are several stop lights. At the park entrance intersection, the school and the new housing development. Not sure how many past the new housing since that part of the road not open yet....


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Posted by Marie
a resident of Danville
on Jul 9, 2016 at 6:24 pm

Finally!


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Posted by SHale99
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 12, 2016 at 4:38 pm

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amazingly enough many here are not happy old Dougherty road will close. Very confused why they didn't know when they purchased their home. Certainly will add a mile or 2 and a few stoplights to my commute, but I always knew the road would be closed. Now a big thing to keep it open to cars.....


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Posted by Liza
a resident of Blackhawk
on Jul 14, 2016 at 7:14 pm

WHY has it taken more than 10 ++ years to build 2 bridges and finish the "new" Dougherty Road! I have been a resident of Danville for more than 14 years and never understood why it has taken 'the collaboration' of coco county, San Ramon, and the developers Shapell and Toll Bros. such an unnecessary length of time to finish something! Actually, I think I can guess: Poor planning, very poor execution and a lot of bureaucracy seems to be the answer! Additionally, the opening of this road should have coincided with the closure of Camino Tassajara Road at Windemere, to handle the traffic back and forth to Dublin. In a nut shell, no excuses! (D R should have been finished and opened years ago!)


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Posted by Steve
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 14, 2016 at 10:03 pm

Liza,
You should know that the developers were required to complete the new road only when they had a certain number of homes built. It was not poor planning and the city of San Ramon had nothing to do with it. This is a CoCoCo project.

The closing of Tasajara is a Dublin project and was never coordinated with CoCoCo. It would not have helped much since that closure affects mostly people going south not north.


8 people like this
Posted by Danville
a resident of Danville
on Jul 15, 2016 at 6:38 am

Trump would've had it completed within a few months.


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Posted by Bob
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 18, 2016 at 1:19 pm

Being a Gale Ranch resident, I'm happy that now the old Dougherty is going to be finally closed. Through traffic caused multiple major accidents on Stoneleaf over past years. People forget that Stoneleaf was never deigned and intended to be a main artery. During commute and school hours, we see many pass-through drivers rushing 50+ miles on 35-mile road. Now those traffic will be redirected to New Dougherty keeping Gale Ranch community a safer place. Even better, the old Dougherty will be converted to a trail adding values to the community. Plus we will no longer see people illegally dumping furniture to the old Dougherty.


12 people like this
Posted by Judy
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 20, 2016 at 2:37 pm

Danville:

No. Trump would have built a wall around it and required you to show your passport


7 people like this
Posted by Danville
a resident of Danville
on Jul 21, 2016 at 12:35 pm

Judy, your funny. Trump gets things done. He is a successful businessman. Liberals are afraid to see what he can accomplish in a short amount of time without using other peoples money.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 21, 2016 at 10:30 pm

Hey Danville,
It's "you're" not your. Where did you go to school? SRVHS?

When you say "other people's money", whose money will pay? Someone will pay.


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Posted by Danville
a resident of Danville
on Jul 22, 2016 at 1:55 pm

Thanks for the correction Steve. I would like to blame Siri, but it's my own fault for not doublechecking.

My point about Trump, is that he would have gotten it done quickly, efficiently, and on budget; and if it was his own backyard (Home town ), he would've used his own money.


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Posted by CL
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 23, 2016 at 5:25 pm

Closing the old road without connecting GaleRanch community to the new Dougherty valley road makes zero sense. It'll take 5~10 minutes longer to go south. Not considering traffic jam around Gale Ranch middle school in the morning drop off hours.

Also if there is fire in the north there is no way to evacuate. Poor planning and thinking by the city.


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Posted by Steve
a resident of San Ramon
on Jul 23, 2016 at 11:00 pm

CL,
This is a Contra Costa County project. The planning was done by the County not the City of San Ramon. The city annexes as sections are completed.

There are multiple ways to evacuate not just one way out.


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Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Jul 29, 2016 at 12:13 pm

Trump would have gotten it built with gilded sidewalks, would have told us throughout the process how "unbelievable" it was going to be, would have stiffed half of the contractors who worked on it, would have placed a toll on it and then "renegotiated" the amount of the toll upward once it was open, would have taken all the toll money and transferred it to himself, and finally would have had his construction company declare bankruptcy before the stiffed contractors could collect on their lawsuits.


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Posted by Danville
a resident of Danville
on Jul 29, 2016 at 12:46 pm

Dave, very funny, but a bit of an exaggeration wouldn't you say? You obviously are not a businessman who runs multiple corporations. Thank you for the good laugh.


5 people like this
Posted by Dave
a resident of Danville
on Jul 30, 2016 at 11:42 pm

Sometimes the truth is stranger than fiction.


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Posted by San Ramon
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 11, 2016 at 8:22 am

Trump would have built a casino on the new road....wait, nevermind, he can't even get a license to build a casino in Vegas because of all his bankruptcy filings.


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Posted by Rick
a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2016 at 8:40 am

Dave - cranky guys are always funny. Here's a thought (providing you haven't used up your thought allotment for the month). What do you think Mr. Clinton's wife would do? Form a committee that would take a year or two to investigate > recommend an expensive "shovel ready", expensive "solution" > disband the committee with high praise for the members > ignore the committee's recommendations > blame the racist Republicans who hate roads because they allow buses carrying poor people to their jobs for the 1%. That 1%, coincidently, is very close to the net proceeds that the Clinton Foundation distributes to it "projects" after deducting expenses for its cronies. Now that's progress (or should I say, "progressive"?).


6 people like this
Posted by Lee
a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2016 at 8:48 am

You're all crazy. What the hell does Trump have to do with Dougherty Rd?


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Posted by Peter Kluget
a resident of Danville
on Aug 11, 2016 at 10:58 am

"I think I can guess: Poor planning, very poor execution and a lot of bureaucracy seems to be the answer!" A swing and a miss - that's strike 3 for Liza!

As a wise man once said: "It's the economy, stupid."

The developers don't build roads for our convenience, they build them to serve the new areas they develop. I know it's hard to try to remember all the way back to 2008, but we had this little downturn in the economy which pretty much stopped homebuilding in its tracks. No new home sales, no new home building, no spending money on road completion. Simple as that. Once the economy recovered and people started buying new houses the bulldozers started rolling, and voila! - the road gets finished.

It wasn't government bureaucracy, it was the profit analysis of the private sector that delayed the road completion.


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Posted by LOL in SR
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 11, 2016 at 12:59 pm

I love reading the local current events, but even more so all your comments are hilarious on both sides!!!


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Posted by MeeKayTee
a resident of Blackhawk
on Aug 16, 2016 at 6:38 am

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I drove down it the other day, so it must already be open. Is this an
official opening on Friday then?


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Posted by SHale99
a resident of San Ramon
on Aug 16, 2016 at 4:35 pm

SHale99 is a registered user.

road opened last Friday after 1pm, fyi.


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