Location: Hayward, along Mission and Foothill Boulevard and downtown.

June, 2024 Update: The city is on the right track for Loop reform. A 4-million-dollar Federal grant will be used for several requests for proposals (RFP), from consultants who will then do the work of recommending what the actual work will be. The first RFP to be sent out in late June or July is for City-wide speed control safety issues. The next RFP will be sent out in August or September, or maybe October, for a few groups of streets including the Loop. By 2025, we might have some idea of what the City might actually do, which will require another set of decisions with the funding to do the work.

2024 Update: Loop reform is currently the number one public works project for the Hayward City Council. HAPA is working closely with City Council to find and implement a solution that mitigates the “pass-through” of traffic from I-880 to I-580, while slowing traffic sufficiently to make downtown Hayward a destination for shopping, dining, and strolling.

HAPA will be posting updates as progress indicates.

Background: Various ideas were presented in an effort to improve traffic flow in downtown Hayward.

HAPA opposed widening Mission and Foothill, which would have demolished all buildings on the east side of these arterials.  The project proved too expensive.

HAPA supported widening Mission to six lanes plus bicycle lanes, adjusting the on-ramps to I-580 and I-238, and building a connector from I-580 westbound to Foothill southbound. That did not work either.

HAPA then opposed widening Foothill Boulevard downtown to ten lanes and destroying all the businesses on the east side. The project proved too expensive, as did an underpass of Jackson and Foothill under Mission Blvd.

The city finally designed and built the current loop system. The loop is presented as designed to reduce congestion. HAPA opposed the current loop system (the conversion to one-way streets). Not to toot our own horn (pun intended), but traffic volume has increased, traffic speeds have increased, and downtown businesses have suffered, and congestion has actually increased.  The speed up in the one way direction has been less than the slowdown in the reverse directions.