At the November 3, 2022 BPAC Infrastructure Committee meeting, Celina Chan and Charlie Ream of OakDOT presented the draft 15% design plans [PDF] of the Grand Avenue Complete Streets Project.
Notes from the presentation and discussion are below.
- Update on project presented to full BPAC previously (05/19/22)
- Project currently at 15% design.
- Scheduled to be repaved by 2024—Opportunity for safety improvements with repaving
- Lots of speeding especially at off-peak hours when roadway is wide open
- Bikeways are often blocked by parked/loading vehicles.
- Grand Ave among highest ridership AC Transit corridors—Also slowest due to rush hour congestion
- Bike/walk collisions are 44% of total—Citywide it is closer to 20%—Collisions all throughout the corridor, top were at Broadway, Perkins, and around the freeway
- Grand Ave Mobility Plan is the long-term vision plan from Wood to MacArthur. The paving project won’t be able to implement all of this since curb line changes & widened sidewalks aren’t within the scope.
- Outreach via online survey and in-person outreach through October-November
- Will bring 35% concept plan to council next summer
- Westbound road diet was preferred over eastbound, since car traffic is lower in that direction.
- Bike lanes bend around existing sidewalk bulb-outs and islands, since these features aren’t being changed via the paving project.
- The block from Broadway to Webster is still undecided.
- Two-way cycletrack sections will connect to other facilities to be delivered separately.
- The section under the freeway would be completed by Caltrans.
- How much of the curbside bikeway would be concrete gutter?
- Width of gutter pan and drainage will be worked out in later design phase.
- Reducing travel lanes will help reduce vehicle speeds. Will Harrison northbound to Grand slip lane be removed?
- Yes, Lakeside Family Streets project will convert slip lane to bikeway.
- Why not also convert slip lane at Grand and MacArthur?
- Yes, staff wants the slip lane to go away, too. Both traffic signal and median construction work needed is outside the scope/budget of this paving project. There is a potential opportunity to fix it via a separate Alameda CTC project. Also possibly via affordable housing development at the current Vegan Mob restaurant site.
- Worried about traffic congestion and back-ups. Currently it takes 15 minutes to drive from Grand Ave exit to Euclid.
- Traffic count data was collected in 2016, 2021, and 2022 for pre-pandemic and current traffic levels.
- Double- and triple parking associated with vendors on Grand, more parking enforcement is needed.
- Pedestrian refuge islands were installed several years ago with flashing beacons, but weren’t very successful without road diet.
- Staff has identified an opportunity to possibly expand existing pedestrian islands via this project.
- Bike left-turn movements across Grand are very difficult, this project needs to consider this.
- Will use 2-stage turns or protected corners.
- 2-way bikeway might be wide enough for cars to drive down it, might need bollards to prevent this.
- Bollards might be a hazard, but lower profile splitter islands are being considered.
- Make sure to check out grade of Grand Ave pavement east of Lake Park to make sure the curbside bike lanes are feasible. This was a stated issue by staff the last time advocates tried to get a protected bikeway here.
- Are bus lanes feasible as an add-on here?
- Longer term project is feasible with a much larger & more expensive work to redo curbs and islands
- Survey is currently available in multiple languages. Postcards will also be sent to addresses on the corridor through December.