Park Street Streetscape Project – January Update

This Week’s Happenings in the Park Street Business District: Calendar

Happy New Year!

Construction for Phase 2 of the Park Street Streetscape Improvement project resumes this week. Phase 1 of the Streetscape project was completed in 2006 and included the block between Central Ave and Lincoln Ave. Phase 2 extends the improvements from Central Avenue to San Jose Avenue. Access to businesses will be maintained throughout the project duration.

Books Inc.As mentioned earlier, the goals of the Streetscape Project are to improve the street and sidewalks for pedestrians, bicyclists, bus riders, and automobile drivers. The project consists of:

  • planting new street trees
  • installation of historic street lights
  • new accessible curb ramps
  • new bike racks
  • new bus shelters
  • new parking meter pay stations

Construction work for the project during the first two months includes: trenching work in the parking lane for electrical and irrigation lines; installation of new street lights and removal of old street lights; demolition of sidewalk and curbs to accommodate electric pull boxes for street light poles; and some reconstruction of portions of curbs, gutters, and sidewalks. Construction work hours are generally from 8:00am to 5:00pm, Monday through Friday. There will be no work on the weekends.

A temporary loss of on-street parking can be expected as construction progresses along the street (but plenty of parking is available in the Civic Center Parking Garage). Motorists may experience minor disruptions in traffic due to temporary lane closures; residents, businesses, and pedestrians may experience increases in noise level and dust during the construction. The following schedule was provided by the City’s Public Works office:

  • Jan 3 – 23: San Jose to Encinal (east side)
  • Jan 3 – Feb 20: Encinal to Central (east side)
  • Jan 11 – Feb 28: Encinal to Central (west side)
  • Jan 17 – Feb 6: San Jose to Encinal (west side)

Work will continue in March with the installation of bus shelters and parking meter kiosks, removal of parking meters, planting of replacement trees, and miscellaneous signage. Project completion is planned for mid-April.

Updates for the project can be found on the City’s website at: www.cityofalamedaca.gov/City-Hall/Park-St–Streetscape-Project. Details about this month’s schedule are available at: http://www.cityofalamedaca.gov/getdoc.cfm?id=6665

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 our customers.

Added 3/27/12: See What Park Street Will Look Like: https://parkstreetbusiness.wordpress.com/2012/03/27/park-street-rendering/

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Courtesy Notice: The Smoking Ordinance took effect on January 2. Under the new ordinance smoking is prohibited in all outdoor public places within the Park Street Business District (and the rest of Alameda) including commercial-area sidewalks, outdoor dining areas, service areas (bus stops, ATMs, movie lines, etc.), outdoor events, and within 20 feet of any doors or windows of an enclosed area where smoking is prohibited.

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