Sabercat Trail Extension Project
Information from Virtual Community Meeting #3:
We held our third Sabercat Trail Extension Project Public Meeting on June 2, 2021 . The City is advancing the design and environmental study of this project together with Caltrans’ oversight. The City has incorporated community input in its identification of the preferred I-680 Overcrossing bridge aesthetic design concept. Additionally, the City has acted on many of the public’s concerns, such as reviewing additional alignment options, disposition of the existing trail and engaging other City departments to reaffirm a commitment to safe park use for all. The presentation slides can be found here and a recording of the public meeting can be found here. The meeting summary can be found here
Comments regarding the presentation from community meeting #2 were considered. The primary themes were listed and addressed in the Frequently Ask Questions, which have been recently updated to reflect recent progress. The Frequently Asked Questions and Answers that can be found here.
PROJECT OVERVIEWThe City of Fremont’s I-680 Sabercat Bridge & Trail (Irvington BART to Ohlone College) will build a landmark bicycle and pedestrian gateway into the City of Fremont. The trail will cross the canyon of I-680 currently dividing the Irvington District, East Bay Greenway (EBGW), and future Irvington Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) Station from the Sabercat Historical Park, Ohlone College, and Fremont Hills. Additionally, the project will create a bicycle/pedestrian connection over or under the Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR)/BART tracks.
Marked by an architecturally significant bicycle and pedestrian bridge over I-680, this project will create a safe and convenient Class I multi-use bicycle and pedestrian path forging a critical link in Fremont’s city-wide cycling and pedestrian network, enhancing connectivity through and to the
- The existing bikeway network lacks a direct, comfortable route connecting the Irvington Town Center, EBGW, and future Irvington BART Station to the Sabercat Historical Park, Ohlone College, and East Bay Regional Parks District (EBRPD) areas.
- The existing available bikeways are on arterial roadways that carry significant traffic volumes, creating conflicts between bicyclists, pedestrians, and automobiles.
- The Irvington District anticipates growth and revitalization consistent with the Irvington Community Plan in Fremont’s General Plan.
- Increased Access to Regional Transit and the future Irvington BART station
- Enhanced Regional Trail Connectivity between the East Bay Greenway, Sabercat Historical Park, and EBRPD trails in the Fremont Hills
- Improved Safety for Irvington District residents, employees, and students
- Supports California’s Environmental Goals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions
ADDITIONAL LANDMARK POTENTIAL
A paleontological museum is proposed as a standalone project integrated into the I-680 Sabercat Bridge & Trail. The proposed Museum would be built between I-680 and Osgood Road and will highlight the paleontological importance of the Irvington District and the Bell Quarry area.
SCOPE OF WORK
The current scope of work based on available funding is to complete preliminary engineering design; secure environmental clearance for the project; and final design.
The project is generally divided into the following segments:
- Blacow Road to Osgood Road and UPRR/BART Underpass or Overhead
- Osgood Road to West Landing of the I-680 Overcrossing
- I-680 Overcrossing to Sabercat Historic Park and Trail
- Environmental Clearance Only - North Segment Trail and Bridge to Irvington BART Station
- Environmental Clearance Only – Future Paleontological Museum
The City has retained T.Y. Lin International to assist the City with the current scope of work.
SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES
The project is currently in the environmental clearance phase, scheduled to be completed in Spring/Summer 2021.
The project is being funded by the State Natural Resources Agency.
If you have any questions regarding the project, please contact:
Rajeev Batra Jeanne Suyeishi
Rbatra@fremont.gov ph: 510-494-4728
If you would like to receive updates on this project, please sign up for our Sabercat Bicycle/Pedestrian Trail, Museum & I-680 Overcrossing Email List
- I-680 Sabercat Bridge & Trail (Irvington BART to Ohlone College) 2018 Scoping Report
- General Plan Map – Bicycle and Pedestrian Network
- General Plan - Irvington Community Plan Map
- General Plan – Mission San Jose Community Plan
- Bicycle Master Plan – Vision Network
- Pedestrian Master Plan – Hetch Hetchy Trail