Central Avenue Safety Improvement Project

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The Central Avenue project is expected to improve safety, have minimal motor vehicle delays and operate similar to the mid-­section of Broadway, which is a truck and bus route and has bike lanes.

For project updates via email, please email gpayne@alamedaca.gov. Please also direct questions or concerns to Gail Payne, Senior Transportation Coordinator, by phone at 510-747-6892 or by email at gpayne@alamedaca.gov.

 

 

The project area is along Central Avenue between Pacific Avenue/Main Street and Sherman Street/Encinal Avenue. 

 

Existing Conditions - Memo(PDF, 2MB)

Central Avenue is in school and recreation zones, an island arterial and a truck and transit route.  Central Avenue is designated as Caltrans State Highway 61 between Webster Street and Sherman Street.  Sidewalks and on-street parking exist on both sides of the street.  No bikeways exist except for a path between Pacific Avenue and Lincoln Avenue.  AC Transit Lines 20, W, 631 and 661 run along Central Avenue.  

 

Why this project?

The Central Avenue study area has a disproportionate number of injuries from collisions compared to other streets in the city.  A proposed bikeway on Central Avenue is listed as a high priority in the Bicycle Master Plan Update(PDF, 7MB) and the street is shown as a bicycle and transit priority street in the City’s Transportation Element.(PDF, 3MB)  The City's Pedestrian Plan(PDF, 5MB) prioritizes intersections along the Central Avenue for safety improvements. Further, the project supports General Plan City Design Element policies maximizing access to the shoreline.

 
Three Lane Street Concept
The reduction of motor vehicle travel lane(s) is recommended in that it provides the opportunity to reallocate space for other uses such as bike lanes and center two-way left-turn lanes. According to the Federal Highway Administration's informational guide(PDF, 2MB) , streets with travel lane reductions have multiple benefits for vehicles as well as pedestrians and bicyclists, such as:

  • Decrease vehicle travel lanes for pedestrians to cross;
  • Allow for better visibility of pedestrians waiting or attempting to cross the street;
  • Improve circulation for bicyclists when a bikeway is added;
  • Reduce rear-end, sideswipe and left-turn collisions by at least 19 percent through the use of a center two-way left-turn lane;
  • Improve speed limit compliance by three to five miles per hour, which reduces the severity of collisions; and
  • Improve travel flow since through vehicles are separated from left turning vehicles.

The Federal Highway Administration also has issued a case studies  document as well as additional resources.

 

2010

2012

  • October: Alameda County Transportation Commission (Alameda CTC) included the Central Avenue study area in the Countywide Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans as part of the Bicycle Vision Network.

2013

  • March: Staff submitted a Community-Based Transportation Planning (CBTP) grant to Caltrans.
  • May: City Council approved the planning grant application - Staff Report(PDF, 294KB).
  • September: Caltrans awarded the City of Alameda a CBTP planning grant totaling $232,000 with a local match of $25,800 from Measure B.

2014

2015

  • April 14 (Tues.): Community workshop #1 (Encinal High School)
  • May 27 (Wed.): Transportation Commission (City Hall)
  • June 4 (Thurs.): Community workshop #2 (Encinal High School)
  • September 17 (Thurs.): Community workshop #3 (Encinal High School)
  • November 18 (Wed.): Transportation Commission (City Hall)

2016

  • February 24 and 29: City Council (City Hall) - approved the Central Avenue concept -Staff Report(PDF, 7MB).
  • June: Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant submittal
  • October: Alameda CTC CIP 2018 grant submittal
  • December: Won ATP grant totaling $7.3 million of $12 million project - CTC Staff Report(PDF, 243KB)

2017

  • April: Won an Alameda CTC grant totaling $3.5 million, which fully funds the project construction
  • Spring: City Council approved $557,000 of the local match monies for fiscal years 2017 to 2019 as shown in the Capital Improvement Program Project Sheet(PDF, 135KB)
  • Fall: City and Caltrans kick-off meeting on next steps
  • Winter: City staff requested consultant qualifications for complete streets; City staff requested a cooperative agreement with Caltrans

2018

  • January: City staff requested consultant proposals for the Central Avenue project initiation document (PID), which is required by Caltrans to since the project is partially on State Route 61
  • April: City Council approval to authorize the City Manager to execute a cooperative agreement with Caltrans and a contract with CDM Smith to prepare the PID
  • December: Community Workshop #4: Review of draft options for Webster St and SF Bay Trail area 

2019

  • Jan 23: Transportation Commission - Approval of draft Webster St area options for analysis in 2019 and request approval to extend the two-way bikeway along the San Francisco Bay Trail area between Paden School and McKay Avenue
  • March 19: City Council - Approval of draft Webster St area options for 2019 analysis and approval to extend the two-way bikeway along the San Francisco Bay Trail area east to McKay Avenue
  • July 2: City Council at 7 p.m. - Request approval of a contract amendment for the project approval and environmental phase (PA&ED) and the final design - plans, specifications and estimate phase (PS&E)
  • Fall/Winter: Webster Street area option approvals

2020

  • Summer: Environmental document scheduled for completion

2021

  • Spring: Plans, specifications and estimate - construction drawings - scheduled for completion
  • Spring: Construction phase is expected to begin 

 

 

Email List

Sign up to receive Central Avenue Safety Project updates via email.  Please send an email to Gail Payne, Senior Transportation Coordinator – gpayne@alamedaca.gov – requesting to be added to the Central Avenue Safety Project email list. 

 

Open Forum / Web Surveys (Closed Topics)

Read what other community members have said about the Central Avenue Concept Proposal in several web surveys.  Staff reviewed the responses and incorporated them into the decision process.

 

Project Flyer English - Spanish - Chinese

 

Meetings

  • Community Workshop #1

When: Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Where: Encinal High School Cafeteria

   Press Release(PDF, 143KB)

   Letter Notification(PDF, 722KB)  (sent to 300 foot radius around the study area)

   Presentation(PDF, 8MB)

   Comments(PDF, 57KB)  (as of April 20, 2015)

 
  • Transportation Commission

When:  Wednesday, May 27, 2015

Where: City Hall, City Council Chambers

   Presentation(PDF, 6MB)

   Staff Report(PDF, 777KB)

   Comments(PDF, 300KB) (as of May 17, 2015)

   Video Link (select "Transportation Commission" and then "Video" (timestamp: 1:19:40)

 

  • Community Workshop #2

When:  Thursday, June 4, 2015

Where: Encinal High School Cafeteria

   Press Release(PDF, 267KB) (sent to 300 foot radius around the study area)

   Letter Notification(PDF, 113KB)

   Presentation(PDF, 6MB)

   Preferred Options Hand-out(PDF, 3MB)

   Facilitator Guide(PDF, 23KB)    

   Comment Card(PDF, 192KB)

   Comments(PDF, 1MB)

 

  • Community Workshop #3

When: Thursday, September 17, 2015

Where: Encinal High School Cafeteria

   Press Release(PDF, 340KB)

   Letter Notification(PDF, 733KB)  (sent to 300 foot radius around the study area)

   Presentation(PDF, 7MB)    

   Toolkit Hand-Out(PDF, 1MB)

   Intersections-Preliminary Recommendation(PDF, 4MB)

   Table Handouts(PDF, 4MB)

   Facilitator Guide(PDF, 23KB)

   Comment Card(PDF, 313KB)

   Comments(PDF, 754KB)  (as of October 12, 2015)

 

  • Transportation Commission

When: Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Where: City Hall, City Council Chambers

   Staff Report(PDF, 833KB)

   Comments(PDF, 2MB)

   Existing Conditions Memo(PDF, 2MB)

   Concept Memo(PDF, 109KB)

   Presentation- Part 1(PDF, 7MB)

   Presentation- Part 2(PDF, 8MB)

 

  • City Council - Special Meeting to request concept approval

When: February 24, 2016 and February 29, 2016

What:

   Staff Report(PDF, 7MB)

   Comments(PDF, 2MB)

   Existing Conditions Memo (same as above)

   Concept Memo (same as above)

   Concept Drawings - Pacific Avenue/Main Street to Encinal High School(PDF, 7MB)

   Concept Drawings - Paden School to Webster Street(PDF, 7MB)

   Concept Drawings - Webster Street to Eighth Street(PDF, 4MB)

  Concept Drawings - Eighth Street to Sherman Street/Encinal Avenue(PDF, 5MB)

   Cost Estimates(PDF, 42KB)

   Presentation - Part 1(PDF, 6MB)

   Presentation - Part 2(PDF, 5MB)

   Video Summary and Video Links - February 24, 2016 and February 29, 2016

   Staff Report

 

  • City Council Meeting to Approve Central Avenue as a Grant Submittal

- When: Tuesday, October 18, 2016

- What: link to staff report

 

  • City Council Meeting to Approve the Consultants for the Caltrans Required Project Initiation Document

When: Tuesday, April 17, 2018

- Whatlink to staff report

 

  • Community Workshop #4

When: Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Where: City Hall, City Council Chambers

Why: Request community input to refine preliminary alternatives for further consideration and analysis in 2019 for the Webster Street Area and the San Francisco Bay Trail Area

Presentation(PDF, 5MB)

Video

 

  • Transportation Commission

When: Wednesday, January 23, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Why: Request Transportation Commission to approve the Webster Street options to analyze in 2019 and to extend the two-way bikeway along the SF Bay Trail between Paden School and McKay Avenue.

- What: link to staff report

 

  • City Council

When: Tuesday, March 19, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Why: Request City Council approval of the draft options for the Webster Street area to analyze in 2019 and request approval to extend the two-way bikeway along the SF Bay Trail between Paden School and McKay Avenue.

- What: link to staff report

 

  • City Council

When: Tuesday, July 2, 2019 at 7 p.m.

Where: City Hall, City Council Chambers (2263 Santa Clara Avenue)

Why: Request City Council approval of a consultant contract amendment for the project approval and environmental phase (PA&ED) and the final design - plans, specifications and estimate phase (PS&E)