Jan 21, 2016
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More pedestrian improvements are coming to San Pablo Dam Road in the downtown commercial area of El Sobrante.

On Tuesday, the Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors approved another proposal to enhance the downtown corridor between El Portal Drive and Appian Way. The latest plan focuses on pedestrian improvements east of the business corridor, between Appian Way and Clark Road, where in multiple locations people are forced to walk in the parking lane or to cross the bustling street mid-block in order to access a sidewalk, according to county documents.

“This project will provide sidewalk in four gaps for a total of 1,420 feet, resulting in an uninterrupted sidewalk throughout,” the documents stated. “Construction includes removing non-native trees before constructing curb, gutter, and sidewalk.”

The idea is to provide better pedestrian access for El Sobrante’s commercial corridor. The project will be funded via a mix of local and federal road grants.

In July, local officials held a ribbon-cutting to celebrate the completion of $2.3 million in walkability improvements on San Pablo Dam Road between El Portal Drive and Appian Way. Improvements included expanded sidewalks, new street trees, planters, bus benches and historical markers. The project’s aim was to create an environment that encourages shopping in the commercial area.


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Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.