Cross Alameda Trail: Main Street to Constitution Way

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On February 11, 2019, the City of Alameda began construction of this long-awaited 0.9 mile segment of the Cross Alameda Trail.  Press release

General schedule as of 05/13/19 (modified to account for delays caused by extremely wet winter):  Construction activities will take place between February and October 2019, and will occur in four phased segments, generally moving from west to east. All durations are estimates and minor delays may occur.

  1. Main St to 3rd St: February through May
  2. 3rd St to Poggi St: End of May through July
  3. Poggi St to Webster St/Constitution Way: August through October
  4. Main St. at Atlantic Plaza (Hometown Doughnut, Monkey Thai & Whisk Cake Creations): August & September

Soil Remediation and Monitoring: 

As part of the soil remediation plan, the Contractor has been importing and stockpiling new soil for the site at a nearby location on Alameda Point. Heaviest trucking activity to the site is expected from late-May to mid-June.  During these grading activities the site is being electronically monitored for airborne air and dust contaminants, both on-site and off-site. Alerts are automatically issued to the Project Team and Contractor to be immediately resolved if and when County-dictated air quality thresholds are exceeded.

To view any of this project-related air quality (or other compliance) data, please visit: https://geotracker.waterboards.ca.gov/profile_report.asp?global_id=T10000006774. This link, by Alameda County Department of Environmental Health, provides public access to State Water Resources Board’s project-specific ‘GeoTracker’ website, an internet-accessible database system used by State, Regional, and local agencies, to track and archive compliance data – in this case specifically for the CAT/RAMP + Gap Project.  This website provides ready access to a large variety of documents and information, including – but not limited to:

  1. Regulatory Activities and Environmental Data

  2. Site Maps and Environmental Soil Borings

  3. Investigative Reports and Soil Import Approvals

  4. Remedial Action Plans and Risk Assessment Reports

  5. Air/Dust Monitoring Work Plans, Activities, and Alerts

During construction, please:

  • Use the existing sidewalks on the north side of RAMP as temporary construction fencing will be erected on the south side, prohibiting any public or private use of this active construction zone. The fencing will be in place to keep pedestrians out of the active work site, which includes contaminated soil work.

Questions or concerns regarding construction should be directed to:  

  • Construction Manager: Steve Patterson, 510-701-0319, spatterson@park-eng.com
  • Public Works Project Manager: Jack Dybas, 510-747-7948, jdybas@alamedaca.gov
  • Contractor: McGuire and Hester, Brian Thompson, 510-632-7676

The City realizes this construction will have short-term impacts on people living and visiting Alameda. The City and Contractor will work to minimize disruption, as much as possible, to all who use the corridor and will keep neighboring property owners and the community informed. Patience is appreciated, as the City works to complete this major capital improvement project.

The City of Alameda’s Cross Alameda Trail (CAT) is envisioned as a premiere cross-town, low-stress four-mile bicycling and walking corridor that will connect the west side of the island to the east, from the Seaplane Lagoon at Alameda Point to the Miller-Sweeney (Fruitvale) Bridge. The CAT is being built in segments, with many segment in the design or construction phase, and some completed. The Jean Sweeney Park segment (0.6 miles) between Constitution Way and Sherman Street was opened in December 2018.

This web page is dedicated to the Cross Alameda Trail segment between Main Street and Constitution Way. While the 0.9 mile segment will be constructed as one project, it was originally developed as two projects, with distinct timelines: (1) Main Street to Webster Street along Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway (RAMP) in an abandoned railroad right-of-way; and (2) a short block between Webster Street and Constitution Way along Atlantic Avenue, which will connect the RAMP segment to the Jean Sweeney segment. 

1) Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway (Main Street to Webster Street) Segment

Construct separate walking and bicycling paths plus a decomposed granite jogging path, in the City-owned abandoned railroad right-of-way. This approximately 70-foot wide right-of-way sits immediately to the south of RAMP, adjacent to apartment complexes, schools, several businesses and a Boys and Girls Club. This segment will have the following additional features:

  • Connector trails to two intersecting streets: Fifth Street and West Campus Drive;
  • Pedestrian, bicycle and ADA improvements as well as signage at the intersecting streets;
  • New plazas at either end - Main Street and Webster Street – with hardscape and landscape features; 
  • Landscaping with trees and shrubs; and
  • Traffic signal modifications at 5th Street.

2) Atlantic Avenue (Webster Street to Constitution Way) Segment

Construct separated two-way bicycle lanes on the south side of this short urban block, at street-grade.  This CAT section  includes  significant  improvements  to  the  two intersections, which are among the busiest in the City, to facilitate safe pedestrian and bicycle crossings. The project includes signal modifications, plus the installation of a new mid-block crossing with a flashing beacon, and the creation of a new bus stop platform.

Construction plans can be viewed here:

CAT/RAMP+GAP Plans 1 of 6(PDF, 13MB)  CAT/RAMP+GAP Plans 2 of 6(PDF, 12MB)  CAT/RAMP+GAP Plans 3 of 6(PDF, 14MB) 
CAT/RAMP+GAP Plans 4 of 6(PDF, 14MB)  CAT/RAMP+GAP Plans 5 of 6(PDF, 13MB)  CAT/RAMP+GAP Plans 6 of 6(PDF, 13MB) 

The project cost is $7.1 million, and is being paid for by the sources listed in the sidebar. 

 

1991

  • City Council approved the General Plan - Recreation and Parks Element policy directing staff to "Develop a continuous greenway, east of Main Street...The greenway should include a tree belt and paths for walking, running and biking."

2005

  • July: City Council approved the Cross Alameda Trail Feasibility Study(PDF, 4MB) .
  • September: Association of Bay Area Governments includes the project as a proposed trail segment in the San Francisco Bay Trail Project Gap Analysis Study.

2009

  • January: City Council approved the Transportation Element of the General Plan policy that directs staff to "Pursue opportunities to utilize the corridor of the former Alameda Belt Line railroad for transit, bicycle and pedestrian transportation."
  • January: City prioritized the project as a medium-priority project in the City's Pedestrian Plan(PDF, 5MB) .

2010

2012

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

2013 (CAT RAMP only)

  • March: City staff submitted a Vehicle Registration Fee (VRF)/Measure B Bike/Pedestrian grant to the Alameda CTC to fund the section between Webster Street and Poggi Street.
  • May 7: City Council authorized the submittal of the grant application and $198,000 in Citywide Developer Fees as the local match.
  • June: Alameda CTC selected the project for VRF/Measure B funding totaling $793,000.

2014 (CAT RAMP only)

  • February: Finalized funding agreement between Alameda CTC and the City of Alameda. 
  • May 20: City Council approved Federal Transit Administration monies totaling $787,440 and Transportation Development Act monies totaling $19,560 for the section between Main Street and Poggi Street and for the bicycle lockers at Webster Street.
  • July/August: Focus group meetings and community meeting #1.
  • September 24: Transportation Commission approval of the project concept.
  • October 9: Recreation and Parks Commission approval of the project concept.
  • City and Bay Area Air Quality Management District finalize a grant agreement for $30,000 towards bicycle lockers.
  • Fall/Winter: Preliminary project design.

2015 (CAT RAMP only)

  • February 10: Community meeting #2.
  • February 25: Transportation Commission/Planning Board approval of preliminary design.

2016

  • Develop and submit soil remediation plan for CAT RAMP.
  • Refine project design.
  • Develop concept designs for CAT Atlantic Gap.

2017

  • January-June: Receive approval for soil remediation plan for CAT RAMP
  • January-December: Finalize all easements and encroachments for CAT RAMP
  • March 22: Transportation Commission approval of CAT Atlantic Gap project design concept
  • April 18: City Council approval of CAT Atlantic Gap project design concept, with midblock crossing
  • Fall/Winter: Begin to combine CAT RAMP project with CAT Atlantic Gap project

2018

  • January-June: Develop 95% and 100% Plans, Specifications & Estimates (PS&E)
  • July: Complete PS&E
  • August: Release bid for construction of CAT RAMP and CAT Atlantic Gap
  • November: Award contract for construction of CAT RAMP and CAT Atlantic Gap

2019

  • February: Begin construction
  • October: Complete construction of CAT RAMP and CAT Atlantic Gap

 

Transportation Commission Meeting on CAT Atlantic Gap

  • When: Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: City Hall, City Council Chambers, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
  • What: Approve CAT Atlantic Gap design concept

- Link to Transportation Commission Agenda Item with Staff Report and Exhibits

Staff Report(PDF, 168KB)

Presentation(PDF, 648KB)

All Meetings below were for the Cross Alameda Trail Segment along Ralph Appezzato Memorial Parkway, from Main Street to Webster Street:

Joint Transportation Commission / Planning Board Meeting

  • When: Wednesday, February 25, 2015 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: City Hall, City Council Chambers, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
  • What:

Staff Report(PDF, 513KB)

Presentation(PDF, 7MB)

Transportation Commission Meeting

  • When: Wednesday, September 24, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: City Hall, City Council Chambers, 2263 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda
  • What:

Staff Report(PDF, 119KB)

Exhibit 1: Photos(PDF, 239KB)

Exhibit 2: Comment Summary(PDF, 65KB)

Presentation(PDF, 3MB)

Community Meeting

  • When: Monday, July 28, 2014 at 6:30 p.m.
  • Where: City Hall West (located in Alameda Point), 950 West Mall Square, Conference Room 201
  • What:

Press Release(PDF, 201KB)

Draft Proposed Project Concept(PDF, 116KB)

Presentation(PDF, 2MB)

Comment Summary(PDF, 65KB) 

Media

Long-sought Cross Alameda Trail underway

by Michele Ellson on July 29, 2014
The Alamedan(PDF, 168KB)
 
Officials aim to begin work on 'Cross Alameda Trail' across Island
by Peter Hegarty on March 21, 2013