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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:


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.

  • Nathalie Nguyen

    I honestly think their are other issues we should consider before we take on a huge project. Does the city really need this? Is it going to benefit everyone? And are we really ready for it? It’s sad that the city can’t really understand what is at stake. The people, homes, and local businesses will be driven out of their misery. Pretty soon, the city is going to be left with empty buildings and no people. As for our title “Heart of the Bay”, it will definitely lose its “heart”. We’ll be like every other city and that small town vibe we were all attracted too is going to disappear.

    I’ve recently composed a letter and an essay that briefly discusses the negative aspects of the project. And as of right now, its floating around many hayward residents and local business that are taking it a matter into their own hands to spread the word. Please sign my petition I’ve composed to decline route 238. Contact me if you are interested in signing. We’re trying to get as many signatures as we can!


  • Update: The draft EIR (environmental impact report) for the Route 238 project will be up for discussion at a Hayward City Council work session meeting Tuesday, April 10, at 5:30 p.m., City Hall, Room 2A, 777 B St. The meeting is open to the public.