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Fences Come Down on Ohlone Greenway

Closed since last October for retrofitting BART, the greenway between Portland and Brighton avenues re-opened Tuesday. Click the "Keep me posted" button below for an email alert when we write about the BART seismic project.

The northern end of Albany’s Ohlone Greenway re-opened today, with most, but not all, of the fences coming down.  The fencing along Masonic will be removed this week, said Greg Jacobs, consulting engineer for Albany, and parking will return to the east side of Masonic by late this week, or early next week.  Holes in the pavement will be patched first, Jacobs said.

Last Friday the jogging shoulders of the path were paved with decomposed granite.  The path is not yet striped, due to a possible change in plans.  

The pathway will remain open, but the dirt areas will be fenced off again soon – perhaps with flexible orange fencing – for landscaping.

The other closed section of the greenway, from Solano Avenue to Dartmouth Street, will re-open in late October at the soonest, Jacobs said today.

Concerns about the project can be directed to the City's Public Works Department at 510-524-9543 or to BART's project information line for Albany, 510-412-5546, or by email to earthquakesafety@BART.gov.

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Zack M. September 25, 2012 at 08:58 PM
Great news! Sadly, it looks like they're wasting no time (for once) in getting going on the section from Brighton to Fairmount, where they were already starting putting up fences. Can't wait to get the whole Greenway path back open!
Eric Bordax September 26, 2012 at 04:24 AM
Great news for Albany! This is amount to the collapse of the Berlin wall! Joggers, runners, walkers, thiefs, and robbers alike can rejoice at the reunnion of East and West Brighton Avenue beneath the BART tracks. Thank you, Patch, for the excellent coverage of this development.
Ben Lukas October 06, 2012 at 03:58 PM
It is nice to have the jogging path open, if only for two blocks. It helps my old legs to have soft surface for jogging. I think that the cinder paths could be better implemented, and hope the city can learn from errors made on this short section. There are real dangers that pose risk of injury: 1. The yucca plant blocks use, growing over the path. 2. One trash can blocks the end of the path. It needs to be moved off the direct line into/out of the path. (see the picture above) At best, each of these force the runner onto the bike path, which can lead to collisions. Furthermore, especially at night, there is a chance a runner actually hits the obstruction. Also, have two "one lane" paths on either side is not as good as one "two lane" path on one side. So many people jog side by side, and only pass other runners 1% of the time. So having one wide path would get better use than have two narrow paths (and likely be cheaper too) by allowing conversational jogging.

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