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.