Ban Big Rigs on Highway 84
  • Petitioning Vinn, Bob

This petition will be delivered to:

CIty of Livermore
Vinn, Bob
City of Pleasanton
Mike Tassano
Mayor Of Livermore
John Marchand
Mayor Of Pleasanton
Jerry Thorne
Pleasanton City Council
Karla Brown
Livermore City Council
Mr. Doug Horner
Livermore City Council
Mr. Stewart Gary
Livermore City Council
Laureen Turner
Livermore City Council
Bob Woerner
City of Livermore
Cavalieri, Mike
City of Livermore
Spence, Paul
Office of State Senator Mark DeSaulnier
Malcolm.Brudigam@sen.ca.gov
Executive Director, ACTC
Art Dao
City of Pleasanton
Nelson Fialho
Pleasanton City Council
Cheryl Cook Kallio
City of Pleasanton
Mayor and City Council
California-15
Rep. Eric Swalwell
California
Sen. Dianne Feinstein
California
Sen. Barbara Boxer
California-010
State Sen. Ellen Corbett
California-015
State Rep. Nancy Skinner
California-007
State Sen. Mark DeSaulnier
California-009
State Sen. Loni Hancock
California-10
Rep. Jeff Denham

Ban Big Rigs on Highway 84

    1. Petition by

      Ban Big rigs on Highway 84

 

Cars & small vehicles have always faced difficulty slowing down while coming down Highway 84 East in both directions (with tickets galore being handed out all the time). Use of this scenic road by out-of-town big rigs as a 5 mile shortcut with a miniscule gain in distance & time is a disproportionate risk for thousands of daily commuters & local families & children

1)       Out –of- town Big rigs : Danger to Daily Commuters, Local Families & Children

 Given that Hwy 84 barrels down the hill & immediately intersects the East Ruby Hill Blvd stoplight, big trucks presents a significant safety hazard to all local & Ruby Hill residents as they cannot slow down easily due to the winding turn & steep incline approaching that intersection. There has always existed the potential for jackknifing of big-rigs into oncoming & residential traffic as they attempt to speed through or violently brake to a stop at that light. With a lane merge also happening, immediately after the intersection, it has always been a potential tragedy waiting to happen. In addition to the above example; the potential for deadly head on collisions for big-rigs with oncoming daily commuters on the narrow two-lane Pigeon Pass road (esp. during winter fog, a regular occurrence in cold weather), do not balance the time savings potentially gained.

 

2)       Environmental & Traffic Congestion Impact

These minuscule time savings are often negated, as these slow moving hulks struggle to climb the steep hill (in both directions), often backing up & horribly worsening traffic congestion in this environmentally sensitive patch. (and is home to the San Antonio Reservoir which stores drinking water from the Hetch Hetchy Aqueduct and local wells and watersheds).  In the larger scheme of things, using this scenic road as a 5 mile shortcut with a miniscule gain in distance & 5.4 min in time is not worth subjecting thousands of local commuters & residents to the disproportionate risk from out-of-town big rigs which regularly travel hundreds & often thousands of miles.

 

3)       Local Wine Country & Quality of life Impact 

In addition to increased risk, continuous noise & worsening pollution for the adjacent homes & communities (more than 3000+ homes in Pleasanton & Livermore alone), these heaving big rigs will also adversely affect the charm of our local wineries (Mitchell Katz, Ruby Hill, Fenestra, Thomas Coyne & Tenuta wineries immediately abut Highway 84) & would irrevocably destroy the quality of life & character of our local wine country region as they trundle through.

 

Alternatives & Action Requested

There already exists a regular 580/680 freeway route for out- of- town big -rigs (as a ready alternative) & the current Highway 84 cut-through should be designated off limits. With more & more truck traffic taking Highway 84 due to the opening of the new 580/84 interchange at Isabel Ave, opening of the 200+ outlet stores in Livermore & it's designation as a 580/680 corridor, we request Caltrans & the Cities of Pleasanton & Livermore to take swift action to ban out-of-town (through) big rig traffic on Highway 84 East & potentially avert multiple local tragedies with very little to show as a gain.

 

Please support us in the above by signing this petition.

PS: Locally highways 84 West, 580 & 85 already have some form of such restrictions in place. http://www.dot.ca.gov/hq/traffops/trucks/routes/restrict-process.htm

 

Recent signatures

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    1. Reached 500 signatures
    2. Pleasanton City council to review request; seek advise from staff.

      After many months our petition to request Caltrans to remove truck traffic from State Route 84 has wended it’s way to the Pleasanton City Council for consideration.
      The City Council will direct the city engineer to review our request and provide them with direction.

      Write to the folks below asking them to advance our petition to Caltrans & request removal of truck traffic on Highway84.
      Even a single line saying you “oppose trucks on Highway 84”. will do, but make sure you do so.

      City Engineer Mike Tassano <MTassano@cityofpleasantonca.gov>
      Mayor and City Council <citycouncil@cityofpleasantonca.gov>

      City of Pleasanton

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    3. Reached 250 signatures

    Supporters

    Reasons for signing

    • Lucie Deziel PLEASANTON, CA
      • about 1 month ago

      The big trucks race the red light, can not stop on a dime and twice Thank GOD I stopped before I turned or it would have been fatal

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    • David Bayly PLEASANTON, CA
      • 3 months ago

      Because someone is going to get killed ny a big rig - either mothers & kids going to the stores, school, doctors at Valley Care etc. or it will be a commuter - someone's loved family member. This road is not made for big rigs.

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    • Carol Zhou PLEASANTON, CA
      • 3 months ago

      I agree with the assessment that large trucks on this road will present unacceptable risk.

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    • Deepa Singamsetti PLEASANTON, CA
      • 4 months ago

      I would like Hwy 84 to be as safe as possible!

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    • michael puso LIVERMORE, CA
      • 4 months ago

      I live next to highway 84.

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