At the direct request of the Downtown Area Business Association and the West Alameda Business Association, the City is preparing to reconfigure the core areas of Park and Webster Streets to “expand” the sidewalk by converting the existing parking lane into space for outdoor dining, retail, and the lining up of customers. The goal is to create enough space to allow for both a wide safe passage for people walking and shopping along these commercial corridors and for businesses to move some of their operations outdoors, given the County Health Order limitations on indoor business. The parking lanes will be moved into the nearest travel lane, narrowing core segments of these two streets to one lane in each direction. The timeframe for the street restriping and repurposing is:
Park Street from Santa Clara to Encinal Avenues will be completed in early- to mid-July.
A second, more northern section, of Park Street and a section of Webster Street will be completed in mid- to late-July.
This reconfiguration will be monitored and evaluated, and then modified, as needed, and is expected to remain through early November. All bus stops will remain in place.
Complete the community survey [coming soon!] to provide your input on this and the other Commercial Streets changes.