Sabercat Trail Extension Project

Summary

SCH Number
2022010048
Lead Agency
City of Fremont
Document Title
Sabercat Trail Extension Project
Document Type
MND - Mitigated Negative Declaration
Received
Present Land Use
General Plan Designation: Open Space, Public Facilities, Low Density Residential (2.3 – 6.7 dwelling units), and Urban Residential (30 – 70+ dwelling units) Zoning: R-1-6 (SF Residential), R-1-8 (SF Residential), R-3-70 (MF Residential), IS (Industrial Service), PF (Public Facilities), and OS (Open Space)
Document Description
The City of Fremont, California (City) is proposing to extend the existing Sabercat Creek Trail from Sabercat Historical Park east of Interstate-680 (I-680) into the City’s Irvington District neighborhood. The Sabercat Trail Extension Project (Project) would construct an approximately 1.3-mile Class I bicycle and pedestrian trail that includes grade-separated crossings over the Union Pacific Railroad and Bay Area Rapid Transit rail corridor (UPRR/BART rail corridor), I-680 and Sabercat Creek. The proposed Project would improve pedestrian and bicycle access to both the future Irvington BART station and Ohlone College east of Sabercat Historical Park. The proposed Project would develop an approximate 0.9-mile Class I trail beginning at the Blacow Road turnaround east of Roberts Avenue and west of the UPRR/BART rail corridor with a paved entry plaza adjoining Blacow Road. The overhead crossing of the rail corridor would have a clearance of 25 feet above the rail elevation and include ramps to meet the existing roadway grade on either side of the rail corridor. The intersection geometry at Osgood Road/Blacow Road intersection would be modified to include protected intersection design elements for safe pedestrian and bicycle crossing along the west side of the intersection. The existing traffic signal would be modified and incorporate video detection technology and Americans with Disability Act (ADA) accessible push button detection for all trail users. From Osgood Road, the trail would cross a private property to access I-680 right-of-way. The trail would be located just outside of the Sabercat Creek riparian corridor and adjoin with the west landing of the proposed I-680 Overcrossing bridge. The I-680 Overcrossing bridge would cross the freeway to join with Sabercat Historical Park. The overcrossing landing would be at the far west edge of the park then the trail would proceed east to a proposed interpretative plaza and continue east to connect with the existing Sabercat trail within Sabercat Historical Park at the eastern Project terminus. The overcrossing bridge is designed to avoid or minimize impacts to Sabercat/Mammoth Creeks. The I-680 Overcrossing bridge’s east landing, abutment and interpretative plaza area would be consistent with the City’s intentions for this undeveloped portion of the City-owned Sabercat Historical Park. Another approximate 0.4-mile north section of the trail would extend north from proposed I-680 overcrossing, cross Sabercat Creek and terminate in the vicinity of a planned signalized crossing on Osgood Road as part of the planned mid-block access to the Irvington BART station. This portion of the trail would take advantage of undeveloped properties east of Osgood Road. The proposed trail would occupy an overall width of approximately 14 to 16 feet, consisting of a 10- to 12-foot paved surface of either asphalt or reinforced concrete supported on compacted base material with graded safety shoulders of 2 feet on either side. The proposed trail would require easements or partial property acquisitions from four private properties and two public parcels owned by BART. Lighting may be needed in portions of the trail for safety purposes. Where lighting is proposed, it would be shielded to avoid overflowing onto grounds outside the trail and/or bridge structures consistent with the City of Fremont Citywide Design Guidelines. The proposed Project incorporates aesthetic treatments on the trail and bridge structures. Aesthetic treatment considerations for the proposed bridge, supports, and walls include texture, color and/or patterning to reduce visual impacts, glare, and potential for graffiti. The overhead crossing over the UPRR/ BART railroad crossing would include aesthetic treatments to reduce the visual impact on adjacent residential properties which includes walls, fast-growing vegetation and as well as additional Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) measures involving choice of landscaping and lighting on trails which help to maintain proper use of trail, reduce potential for incidents and improve users’ feeling of safety.

Contact Information

Name
Wayland Li
Agency Name
City of Fremont
Job Title
Principal Planner
Contact Types
Lead/Public Agency

Location

Cities
Fremont
Counties
Alameda
Regions
Citywide
Cross Streets
Osgood Road/Blacow Road and I-680 to Sabercat Historical Park
Zip
94538
Parcel #
Portion of APNs (6): 525-336-7-16, 525-375-3-5, 525-345-32-14, 525-345-1-4, 525-336-2-3, 525-336
State Highways
I-680
Railways
UPRR and BART
Waterways
Sabercat Creek and Mammoth Creek

Notice of Completion

State Review Period Start
State Review Period End
State Reviewing Agencies
California Air Resources Board (ARB), California Department of Conservation (DOC), California Department of Fish and Wildlife, Bay Delta Region 3 (CDFW), California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection (CAL FIRE), California Department of Parks and Recreation, California Department of Transportation, District 4 (DOT), California Department of Water Resources (DWR), California Highway Patrol (CHP), California Native American Heritage Commission (NAHC), California Natural Resources Agency, California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC), Office of Historic Preservation, State Water Resources Control Board, Division of Drinking Water, California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB)
State Reviewing Agency Comments
California Regional Water Quality Control Board, San Francisco Bay Region 2 (RWQCB)
Development Types
Recreational (Bicycle and Pedestrian Trail)
Local Actions
Project approval
Project Issues
Biological Resources, Geology/Soils, Tribal Cultural Resources
Local Review Period Start
Local Review Period End

Attachments

Notice of Completion [NOC] Transmittal form
State Comment Letters [Comments from state reviewing agencies]

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