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Newsfront - October 19, 2007

County suggests 'Alamo Boulevard'

Residents and businesses would have to agree to name change

by Natalie O'Neill

What's in a name? Quite a bit, county staff says.

Danville Boulevard may be changed to Alamo Boulevard if enough residents give the go-ahead, county officials told the Alamo Community Council at its meeting last Thursday.

"We feel this would be an extra identity to add to Alamo, an extra asset," said Gina Ferretti, south county field representative for District 3 Supervisor Mary N. Piepho.

The road change would only occur within Alamo limits, from El Portal to Rudgear Road. This would give the artery five different names in about 10 miles including San Ramon Valley Boulevard, Hartz Avenue, Danville Boulevard and Main Street.

Ferretti noted that county staffers had been asked to look into the possibility of a name alteration by Alamo residents. In order for it to happen, 90 percent of residents who live on the boulevard, plus businesses, would need to favor the switch and indicate their agreement in writing.

The Board of Supervisors would then look at whether the road title was duplicated by checking with the local fire district or post office. They would also consider how much of Danville Boulevard to alter to Alamo Boulevard.

"It's not a small undertaking," said Jerry Fahy, senior civil engineer for the county traffic department.

Costs would include changing street signs, which would range from $200 to $800. Businesses would be responsible for the cost of updating their own mailing addresses.

When changing a street name, the county also considers whether the current name has cultural or historical significance. If it is named after an individual or family that still lives on the street or elsewhere in the county, the county will consider whether the person or family agrees with the change.

The effort is still in very preliminary stages, Fahy said.


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Posted by Dana Sampson
a resident of Danville
on Oct 19, 2007 at 7:39 am

Does anyone remember a few years back a proposal to remove Danville Blvd and replace it with a canal for gondola traffic.

Where are the planners that proposed that wonderful idea.


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Posted by Cass
a resident of Danville
on Oct 28, 2007 at 7:04 pm

Why not change the name of San Ramon Valley High School to Danville High School and change San Ramon Valley Rd within the Danville City Limits to Danville Blvd, Main Street or Contra Costa Blvd, Foothill Rd or Alamo Blvd and change San Ramon Rd in Dublin to Danville Blvd, Main Street or Foothill Rd.

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Posted by Forest Warn
a resident of another community
on Oct 29, 2007 at 5:04 pm

Well, Cass, we say "why not?"

Let's change the name for the length of the road from Martinez to Sunol to another name. We could have a contest among commuters, suffering from road rage, and let them call in names from their cell phones. It could be colorful.

Thank you, Cass, for your very precise and appreciated humor,

Fore Warn