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The Shortcut Bible

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If you could judge the importance of a government document by how much it weighs, the recently released Route 238 Corridor Improvement Project Draft Environmental Impact Report would be really, really important. It’s so heavy, in fact, that when I put the thick document on the weight scale at downtown Hayward’s old Bradford Station Post Office today, the scale responded with this message:

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It actually is important, though, as both opponents and proponents of the project could tell you. The project would bring a loop of one-way streets downtown, a new multi-grade Five Flags intersection and other road projects along the Mission-Foothill corridor. It would require the demolition of several buildings, including La Victoria’s Restaurant.

Excited yet? To save paper and a trip to the library, you can read the PDF version online (it’s 13.4 megabytes). The city invites public comments until May 4 and the Planning Commission, hopefully after taking a pop quiz, will hold a public hearing April 26. You can e-mail your official comments to Morad.Fakhrai@hayward-ca.gov or snail-mail them to Public Works Engineering & Transportation, 777 B St., Hayward, CA 94541. And of course, The HayWord also wants to know how you feel, though we can’t do anything about it.