On Tuesday, the City Council will be asked to approve $30,000 (in money from a regional bond measure) to begin the process of outlawing trucks on Niles Canyon Road.
If you recall, Caltrans, citing safety concerns, wants to widen the road from Fremont to Sunol and build lots of retaining walls. Fremont voiced opposition to the plan and proposed a truck ban, since trucks were involved in38 percent of collisions.
Caltrans hasn’t responded to the city’s letter lambasting the state agency’s plan for Niles Canyon Road. According to a city staff report:
Caltrans has recently communicated to staff that they are exploring alternatives to reduce the visual impacts of the roadway widening by using different retaining wall techniques and treatments, and analyzing other construction options that could reduce the number of retaining walls needed. They have not indicated whether they are considering reducing the amount of roadway widening though the canyon, as the city requested in its letter.