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Missing link of Atherton ready to go to construction
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You’ll be able to take Atherton Drive from where it intersects with Woodward Avenue near Moffat Boulevard to The Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley by this time next year.

A missing segment will be constructed from Main Street east to where the pavement ends near the Paseo Villas Apartments with a combination of federal stimulus funds and road fees collected from growth.

The City Council when they meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. at the Civic Center, 1001 W. Center St., will be asked to approve an agreement with Caltrans acting as the agent for the federal government to proceed with construction of the project.

The overall cost of the segment has been pegged at $2.9 million. Some $1.5 million in federal stimulus funds will go toward it.

The project was “shovel ready” a year ago which was one of the criteria to receive federal funding. But California law required the state to clear the route in terms of not destroying significant points of historical interest or sensitive environmental areas. Due to the large volume of projects receiving federal stimulus money in California, the state was unable to process the landmark and environmental portions in a timely manner.

The segment will be developed in the same manner as Atherton Drive from Union Road to Main Street. Sidewalk will be installed on the south side. At a future date as segments of adjoining property develops, the private sector will be required to put in landscaping and a separate bike path on the north side and additional landscaping on the south side.

Traffic signals at Main Street and Atherton Drive are proceeding as a separate project.

The extension is expected to open the northwest quadrant of the 120 Bypass and Main Street and areas to the east to the apartments to commercial development.