the 880 highway runs along the eastern shore of the San Francisco Bay between San Jose and Oakland. Its route crosses the Coliseum complex, and thus the new project area.
A decision was made early on that the freeway would be submerged. Taking up over 150 acres, including on and off ramps, the highway took up valuable real estate. Moreover, the highway divide the project from the local shoreline, a natural park that would only improve the desirability of the developments to come.
The low-density industrial and commercial sites between the freeway and the Bay would be located within the project area. This, combine with under grounding the freeway, would allow for more parkland, environment restoration, and a more liveable environment. for the new community.
Undergrounding any freeway is never an easy or cheap proposition. But because the surroundings area lacked urban density, the cost ($240 million) was manageable and easily covered by the increase in land values and grants from environmental restorations funds.
The tunnel would be built directly east of the exisrting highway, allowing traffic to flow freely.
Time to move that Church!
And at the northern end, the off ramp that fed directly into the stadium's parking lots would be eliminated.
And with that, major construction could begin!
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