This Week’s Happenings in the Park Street District: Calendar, October 17-23
(take a look at the new calendar grid… see more events!)
It’s finally happening! Funding is available and the City of Alameda is proceeding with Phase 2 of the Park Street Streetscape project. The project area includes two sections of Park Street: Lincoln Avenue to Webb Avenue, and Central Avenue to San Jose Avenue.
The new streetscape project is scheduled to begin in mid-October and be completed by March 2012. The scope of the project consists of the installation of new street trees, street lights, bike racks, bus shelters, parking meter pay stations, and accessible curb ramps, as well as the reconstruction of portions of curbs, gutters, and sidewalks. “De-construction” work includes trenching in the parking lanes for electrical and irrigation lines, removal of old street lights and old trees, and demolition of sidewalk and curbs to accommodate electric pull boxes for the light poles.
There will be no work on the weekends. Construction work hours will be restricted to Monday through Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm. The contractor will keep one lane of traffic open at all times but motorists may experience minor disruptions in traffic. There may also be minor increases in noise level and dust during construction.
Access to businesses will be maintained throughout the project duration, as well as access to bus stops.
There will be temporary loss of on-street parking as construction progresses along the street but we’d like to remind you that plenty of parking is available in the Civic Center Parking Garage located near the corner of Central Ave and Oak St.
The following timeline was provided by the city engineer’s office:
- Oct 19-23: site prep in both areas
- Oct 24 – Nov 19, Webb to Lincoln: trenchwork; installation then removal of street lights
- Nov 8 – Dec 12, San Jose to Encinal: trenchwork; sidewalk work; replacement of old trees
- Jan 3 – Feb 1, Encinal to Central: trenchwork; sidewalk work; replacement of old trees
- Feb 2-23, San Jose to Central: installation then removal of street lights; installation of bus shelters, parking meter kiosks, and tree plantings
The schedule does not include any rain days, so it’s possible that rain could push the project back as much as a month and a half.
What about the block between between Central and Santa Clara? The 1400 block of Park Street and most of the 1500 block was actually Phase 1 of the Park Street Streetscape Project and was completed quite a few years ago. The old cobra head lights were removed and replaced with the dual headed lights you see today. All of the old trees were removed and replaced. Corner sidewalk extensions were constructed, along with bulbouts/planter boxes at the mid block crossing. There are no current plans for any additional construction on the 1400 block. The short section between Lincoln and Webb was left incomplete due to lack of sufficient funding.
The Park Street Streetscape Project is funded mainly by Transportation and Community and System Preservation Federal funds, plus local Parking Lieu fees and Parking Meter funds. Questions or information about the project can be directed to Shilpa Patel, city junior engineer, at (510) 747-7930.
The businesses in the Park Street Business District appreciate your cooperation and patience during this construction. Working with the City of Alameda, we will attempt to minimize any inconvenience to customers, businesses, and the general public.
A public meeting will be held on Wednesday, November 09, at City Hall Council Chambers from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. At this meeting City staff will explain the project, listen to community feedback, and explore options to improve the project that are within the parameters of the City’s Master Street Tree Plan.
The goals are to improve the street for pedestrians, bicyclists, bus riders, and automobile drivers and include these basic elements:
- Replant 60 trees for the 31 removed. The new tress will be a variety of species and size.
- Remove 62 parking meters and replace with 8 parking kiosks.
- Add 12 bicycle racks (there is only 1 now).
- Add 2 bus shelters on each side of Park St. south of Encinal Ave.
- Replace 11 existing cobra-head street lights with 38 dual-lamp historic street lights.
- Repair areas of sidewalk that have been raised by tree roots, posing tripping hazards.
Here is a link to the new webpage about the Park Street Project:
Participate in the selection of the new trees for Park Street! The City is asking the community to identify the aesthetic criteria most important for selecting Park Street’s newest trees. The survey and other information may be found at: http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/City-Hall/Park-St–Streetscape-Project
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Save the date: “Shop Park Street” Customer Appreciation Day will be held on Saturday, November 5. Many of our businesses will be offering terrific discounts and other promotions.