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Caltrans to start cutting down Niles Canyon Trees Saturday

Niles Canyon Road will have lane closures Saturday night into Sunday morning and every night next week so work crews can trim, and yes, remove trees from the canyon.

The work is part of the first phase of Caltrans’ project to improve road safety. Opponents, who are gearing up to kill the next phase, fear all the transportation agency is doing is helping motorists drive faster while ruining the canyon’s natural beauty.

Caltrans was nice enough to email me a description of the project:

Regarding the Niles Canyon I Safety Improvement project, pre-construction for the project began Wednesday, and construction is expected to begin this spring. This safety improvement project will widen shoulders to meet current standards, realign the northbound direction around the existing pier at the Rosewarnes Underpass, lower the roadway to meet vertical clearance standards at the Rosewarnes and Farwell Underpasses, construct a left-turn pocket at Palomares Road, shift Palomares Road towards the west, and construct centerline and shoulder rumble strips.  

The improvements include roadway widening, retaining walls, rock anchors (with rock netting), a new bridge at Stonybrook Creek for fish passage, AC overlay, rock slope protection, erosion control, and environmental mitigation.

The purpose of the project is to improve traffic safety on State Route 84 between the Rosewarnes Underpass and the Farwell Underpass.

Matt Artz

  • beowulf888

    Why don’t they go cut down trees in their own neighborhood. Leave ours alone!

  • West

    It is sad to see Niles Canyon tree’s cut down, but we have done the damage ourselves. Despite politicians wishes we are no longer a sleeply little town. The population of the area has exploded over the years and in the name of progress we have lost a lot of beautiful landmarks.
    Niles Canyon would be full of Condo’s if devlopers could figure out a way of developing Niles Canyon.
    Our local ineffective politicians would not stop the developers, it is there cash cow during elections.

  • Poppie

    As a long time resident, offspring of relatives here before the gold rush, I am slipping into total melancholy.
    Just about every bit of the area has been changed, much of it not for the better.
    I have a incredible sympathy for people that have uprooted themselves from their cultures all over the world and have had to transplant themselves into the unknown.
    Every time I walk out my front door I’m confronted with profound changes that are harder and harder to deal with. I’ve never really moved very far from where I was born, but really none of that world exists any more. I’m an anachonism and a transplant that’s never been moved, my roots have been cut off, although I’ve been left in place.
    I’ve always enjoyed the drive through Niles Canyon — seeing the places we used to swim at the underpass, smelling the Eucaliptus and Bay Laurel, watching the huge Sycamore leaves blow around. It was one place that always reminded me so much of home. That and the arch entry at Washington High.
    Should a moved when I could a and at least made a choice.

  • Tony Irvington

    This is ridiculous!

    There isn’t any reason why we must resign ourselves to this spiritual travesty that is the tree harvesting and cementing over of lovely, Niles Canyon.

    This isn’t about safety! If it was then it would have already been done decades ago.

    And sure Fremont ain’t a “sleepy” town anymore, but it hasn’t been since at least around the time they built Ohlone. When was that? 1973?
    And even if the population is 5 times what it was 25 years ago, why does that mean we have to turn Niles into a four lane highway? Isn’t that what the freeways are for?

    Is a complete reworking of Mission Blvd. next? That would seem to fit this maniacal logic of convienience. It sure would make it easier for those of us in south Fremont to get to Castro Valley if we didn’t have to stop at all those pesky lights.

    No I’m sorry, but I personally can’t buy this crap.

    By acquiescing to “masterminds” at Caltrans we are allowing something that we find transcendent to be destroyed.

    It is a profound mistake to believe this is upsetting only to people who have lived here all their life.
    Anyone with a soul that communicates with beauty knows that sacrificing what we now have in Niles for:

    -A new bridge for fish passage?
    -Rock anchors with rock netting?
    -Rock slope protection?
    -AC overlay?
    -Enviornmental mitigation?
    -Centerline and Shoulder rumble strips?
    -less trees and wider lane
    -concrete and asphalt shoulders instead of dirt

    will not improve our quality of life.

    IThis is ridiculous!

    There isn’t any reason why we must resign ourselves to this spiritual travesty that is the tree harvesting and cementing over of lovely, Niles Canyon.

    This isn’t about safety! If it was then it would have already been done decades ago.

    And sure Fremont ain’t a “sleepy” town anymore, but it hasn’t been since at least around the time they built Ohlone. When was that? 1973?
    And even if the population is 5 times what it was 25 years ago, why does that mean we have to turn Niles into a four lane highway? Isn’t that what the freeways are for?

    Is a complete reworking of Mission Blvd. next? That would seem to fit this maniacal logic of convienience. It sure would make it easier for those of us in south Fremont to get to Castro Valley if we didn’t have to stop at all those pesky lights.

    No I’m sorry, but I personally can’t buy this crap.

    By acquiescing to “masterminds” at Caltrans we are allowing something that we find transcendent to be destroyed.

    It is a profound mistake to believe this is upsetting only to people who have lived here all their life.
    Anyone with a soul that communicates with beauty knows that sacrificing what we now have in Niles for:

    -A new bridge for fish passage?
    -Rock anchors with rock netting?
    -Rock slope protection?
    -AC overlay?
    -Enviornmental mitigation?
    -Centerline and Shoulder rumble strips?
    -less trees and wider lane
    -concrete and asphalt shoulders instead of dirt

    will not improve our quality of life.

    If they want to improve the lives of Fremont citizens by widen a road and paving its shoulders I think we can all agree that Osgood Road would be the perfict nomineeThis is ridiculous!

    There isn’t any reason why we must resign ourselves to this spiritual travesty that is the tree harvesting and cementing over of lovely, Niles Canyon.

    This isn’t about safety! If it was then it would have already been done decades ago.

    And sure Fremont ain’t a “sleepy” town anymore, but it hasn’t been since at least around the time they built Ohlone. When was that? 1973?
    And even if the population is 5 times what it was 25 years ago, why does that mean we have to turn Niles into a four lane highway? Isn’t that what the freeways are for?

    Is a complete reworking of Mission Blvd. next? That would seem to fit this maniacal logic of convienience. It sure would make it easier for those of us in south Fremont to get to Castro Valley if we didn’t have to stop at all those pesky lights.

    No I’m sorry, but I personally can’t buy this crap.

    By acquiescing to “masterminds” at Caltrans we are allowing something that we find transcendent to be destroyed.

    It is a profound mistake to believe this is upsetting only to people who have lived here all their life.
    Anyone with a soul that communicates with beauty knows that sacrificing what we now have in Niles for:

    -A new bridge for fish passage?
    -Rock anchors with rock netting?
    -Rock slope protection?
    -AC overlay?
    -Enviornmental mitigation?
    -Centerline and Shoulder rumble strips?
    -less trees and wider lane
    -concrete and asphalt shoulders instead of dirt

    will not improve our quality of life.

  • http://fcnisbacon.wordpress.com/ Marty

    I’m sorry, but it’s a ******g road through a canyon, not a wildlife refuge.

  • Tony Irvington

    Who said anything about a wildlife refuge? Caltrans is the one building the f****** bridge for …..fish? in Niles canyon?

  • http://fcnisbacon.wordpress.com/2010/11/03/parting-gifts-for-election-losers/ Marty

    spiritual travesty?