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The Alamo Canal trail undercrossing beneath Interstate 580 in Dublin, Calif. is nearly complete as seen on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012. The new trail link, set to open on Oct. 27, will close a big gap in the regional trail system in the East Bay. (Jim Stevens/Staff)

DUBLIN -- A new trail link between Dublin and Pleasanton will open Saturday, clearing the way for easier bike and foot travel between the two cities.

The East Bay Regional Park District and other agencies will dedicate and debut the $2.4 million Alamo Canal Trail Undercrossing.

Located just east of the junction of interstates 580 and 680, it is the first nonmotorized hiking and riding trail crossing under I-580 in the Tri-Valley.

"This project is a huge deal for people who don't want to share the roads with cars," said Dave Campbell, program manager for the East Bay Bicycle Coalition. "This trail link will be used by a lot of people: adults, families with children, for short and long trips."

Bicyclists, hikers, joggers, in-line skaters and others traveling without a car have grumbled for years about having to use bike lanes or sidewalks along busy boulevards to travel between the two cities.

The new trail segment gives those on foot or bike a continuous paved path between the two cities. The new link connects on the north side to the Iron Horse Trail leading to Martinez, and on the south side to the Centennial Trail leading to central Pleasanton.

The grand opening of the new Alamo Canal trail link between Dublin and Pleasanton will be at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the trail entrance adjacent to the Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza.

While bike lanes along streets are important, Campbell said, many people feel safer and more comfortable riding on trails separated from roads.


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Regional park officials say the new trail link is only 787 feet long, but it closes a big gap in an expanding network of paved off-road trails in the East Bay.

Funding for the project came from the regional park district, Dublin, Pleasanton, Alameda County's half cent sales tax for transportation, and nearly $1 million in federal transportation dollars.

Contact Denis Cuff at 925-943-8267. Follow him at Twitter.com/deniscuff.

TRAIL opening
The grand opening of the new Alamo Canal Trail Undercrossing linking Dublin and Pleasanton will be held at 11:30 a.m. Saturday at the trail entrance adjacent to the Dublin Library, 200 Civic Plaza.
Afterwards, the East Bay Bicycle Coalition will lead a bike ride to tour planned bike lane and trail improvements in Dublin and Pleasanton. Cyclists should arrive before 12:30 p.m.