All the power lines have been under-grounded at the newly reopened northbound lane of Piedmont Avenue. Photo: Tracey Taylor

Those of you who take Berkeley’s Piedmont Avenue regularly to get from A to B will be delighted to have seen that the northbound lane has reopened — and it’s much enhanced since it was closed off to enable the construction work being undertaken at Cal Memorial Stadium.

The street has been repaved, there’s a spanking new bike lane, new vintage-style street lighting and a wide sidewalk. A significant improvement is that all the street’s overhead power lines have been under-grounded. There is also a set of new bicycle racks.

Now, a sweeping set of shallow steps leads from Piedmont to Cal’s recently completed Student-Athlete High Performance Center. The center is tucked under the stadium, which is due to be ready to host a home game in September 2012.

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Tracey Taylor is co-founder of Berkeleyside and co-founder and editorial director of Cityside, the nonprofit parent to Berkeleyside and The Oaklandside. Before launching Berkeleyside, Tracey wrote for...