The City of Pleasanton will unveil a traffic mitigation plan designed to coordinate a safe and efficient exit for the more than 70,000 fairgoers expected to attend the Alameda County Fair on Saturday, July 4, 2015. A highlight of the fair agenda on that date is a spectacular fireworks display with live accompaniment by the Oakland East Bay Symphony.
Under the direction of the Pleasanton Police Department, the City has collaborated with numerous agencies including the California State Highway Patrol, Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, Alameda County Fair, Livermore-Amador Valley Transit Authority (Wheels buses), Bay Area Rapid Transit, and the Pleasanton Unified School District to implement the plan on July 4, 2015.
“This traffic plan was designed to create a more orderly exit from the fairgrounds on July 4th, one that will expedite the flow of traffic and allow emergency vehicles access to the fair if necessary,” according to Pleasanton Police Chief Dave Spiller. “Our best advice to those who plan to attend the festivities at the fair on July 4 would be to arrive early to secure parking. Those who are not planning to attend the fair would do best to avoid the area to avoid congestion.”
The plan is extensive and will involve street and freeway exit closures as well as alternative bus routes. The first component will prohibit parking on neighborhood streets around the fairgrounds on July 4. Then, perhaps as early as 3:00 p.m. on July 4, some streets will be closed, including west bound Bernal Avenue from First Street to Valley Avenue. Pleasanton Avenue at Bernal Avenue will also be closed to vehicular traffic. Later in the day, access and parking at the fairgrounds main gate will be very limited. Parents are encouraged to accompany their under-age minor children to the fair as drop-off and pick-up in a close location to the fair may not be possible.
Some intersections will only allow traffic in certain directions. For example, eastbound Bernal at Valley Avenues will only allow turns onto southbound Valley Avenue.
Following the fireworks show, fairgoers can still enjoy many of the activities at the fair, such as carnival rides and concessions, which will remain open later in the evening. Traffic exiting the fairgrounds will be directed to the freeways according to specific routes, based upon which gate visitors leave:
Gate 12: traffic exits on northbound Valley Avenue to Hopyard Road, to I-580
Gate 8: traffic exits southbound Valley Avenue to westbound Bernal Avenue to I-680 North
Gates 5 & 6: traffic exits eastbound Bernal Avenue to Sunol Boulevard to I-680
Gate 9: traffic exits from Rose Avenue to Fair Street to Division/Hopyard Road to I-580
Downtown: traffic exits northbound Main Street to Santa Rita Road to I-580
The City of Pleasanton welcomes the many visitors to the fair and reminds them that the consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited in city parks, and all fireworks (except in sanctioned shows such as at the fairgrounds) are prohibited in the city.