Mr. Montgomery, you may now order the signs that say Main Street and remove all those Highway 4 signs as CALTRANS officials on Wednesday transferred control of Highway to Oakley which was long overdue.
In fact, Councilman Jim Frazier attended the CALTRANS meeting in Sacramento on his own time and own dime to personally thank CALTRANS for working with the city over the last few years. Unfortunately for Frazier it was agenda item 54, 55, and 56—meaning he had to wait his turn for a few hours to speak.
Frazier was gracious for all the effort this transaction took by many people.
“A special thanks goes to the commission for all the work and planning that went into the relinquishment of both facilities and I look forward to future relationships on other needs in the area. It’s important that we also recognized staff, the Caltrans bypass staff, Senator Mark DeSaulnier and others for all their hard work,” said Frazier.
At this point in time, the completion of this transfer is a matter of filing paperwork and recording the transfer, then Oakley is free to control street maintenance and development—the significance is this allows Oakley to pursue its downtown plan. It is expected to close next month.
Mayor Kevin Romick can’t wait and wants to begin projects quickly.
“At Last, at last the long awaited and much anticipated relinquishment has happened. We can now place a street light on Main without lengthy delays and preapproval from Cal Trans. The start of the revitalization of downtown can begin in earnest,” said Romick.
What this relinquishment also means to residents of Oakley is that it will allow Main Street and Downtown to become the “center of the world” in Oakley. The city can now host parades and festivals without having to work around CALTRANS. It also will move freight traffic away from downtown—about time if you ask me.
Other tidbits Via a CALTRANS:
- A state commission has allocated nearly $86 million to widen part of Highway 4 and the Highway 4 bypass.
- The state panel allocated $52.7 million to widen an additional 1.7 miles of Highway 4 from four to six lanes between Lone Tree Way and Hillcrest Avenue in Antioch.
- The commission allocated all $33 million needed to convert 3.2 miles of the Highway 4 bypass from a two-lane expressway into a four-lane freeway from Sand Creek Road to Laurel Road in Antioch and Brentwood.
- $8 million CMIA money was allocated from CTS for Sand Creek Interchange to fully fund that project so it can go out to bid next month in February.