tabber2Overview The Public Works staff is working with the community to create a Shore Line Drive / Westline Drive bikeway. The proposed project will modify striping on Shore Line Drive/Westline Drive to:Install a two-way bikeway - known as a cycle track - on the beach side of the street.Reduce the number of travel lanes from four to two or three lanes depending on the street section.Revise the parking lane on the beach side of the street.Provide left turn lanes at key locations.Install loading zones, bicycle parking, disabled parking, beach parking signage and benches.Install bus shelters on Shore Line Drive at Kitty Hawk Drive and on Grand Street at Shore Line Drive.Provide shuttle bus landing area on Westline Drive south of Shorepoint Court.Install up to seven new crosswalks.Construct ADA upgrades and bus landing islands.Remove the eastbound midblock bus stop between Kitty Hawk Road and Willow Street.Any questions or concerns should be directed to Gail Payne, Transportation Coordinator, by phone at 510-747-7948 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org Details Why this project? This bikeway project is listed as a high priority in the Bicycle Master Plan Update and the street is shown as a bicycle priority street in the City’s Transportation Element. The proposed bikeway project directly supports General Plan Policy 4.3.3.a, “Maintain and implement the Bicycle Master Plan with regard to physical system improvements (especially the identified priority projects), as well as programs and policies relating to encouragement, education and enforcement.” Further, the project supports General Plan City Design Element policies maximizing access to the shoreline. At the second community meeting in June 2012, the participants helped finalize the project goals and priorities, which are as follows:Provide more bicycling optionsMinimize traffic impactsMaintain bay viewsReduce multi-use path conflictsProvide parking for apartments/condosImprove visibilityReduce motor vehicle speedsMake safer The reduction of travel lanes provides the opportunity to reallocate space for other uses such as a bikeway, left-turn lanes and parking. According to the Federal Highway Administration, 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;Provide the opportunity for additional on-street parking, which is also a buffer between pedestrians, bicyclists and vehicles;Reduce rear-end and side-swipe collisions; andImprove speed limit compliance. Federal Highway Administration, Guidance Memorandum on Promoting the Implementation of Proven Safety Countermeasures, January 2012. Maps The project is on Shore Line Drive between Westline Drive and Broadway; Westline Drive between Otis Drive and Shore Line Drive; and Broadway between Shore Line Drive and Bayview Drive. Plan and Cross Section Figures (November 2012)Figure 1 Broadway and Shore Line Drive ConnectionFigure 2 Shore Line Drive - South Shore Center AreaFigure 3 Shore Line Drive between Willow Street and South Shore CenterFigure 4 Shore Line Drive - Grand Street AreaFigure 5 Shore Line Drive between Grand Street and Shell Gate RoadFigure 6 Shore Line Drive and Westline Drive ConnectionFigure 7 Westline Drive at Shorepoint CourtFigure 8 Westline Drive and Otis Drive Intersection Schedule 1999 City prioritized the bikeway project in the City's Bicycle Master Plan 2010November: City prioritized the project in the City's Bicycle Master Plan UpdateDecember: City submitted federal grant application to Caltrans 2011 March: Caltrans selected the bikeway project 2012January: Caltrans authorized the outreach processMay: Community Meeting #1June: Community Meeting #2October: Community Meeting #3November: Complete state environmental review processNovember: Transportation Commission recommends approval (Staff Report, Comment Summary and PowerPoint)2013February: Complete national environmental review processMarch-December: Finalize design2014March: Request City Council approval to begin the construction bid processJune: Request City Council approval of contractorAugust: Begin constructionDecember: Complete construction What is the process? To implement this project, the Public Works staff submitted a grant application to Caltrans for the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) on December 8, 2010. On March 8, 2011, the City received notification from Caltrans on the success of the grant application. Caltrans has awarded the City $416,400 from the HSIP grant with a local match of $46,400 making the total project cost as $462,800. Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 funds are allocated by the Metropolitan Transportation Commission as a local match for this HSIP grant. The City Council approved the TDA local match during the May 17, 2011 meeting. In 2012, Public Works staff worked with the community to gain consensus on a recommended option, and held meetings in May, June and October 2012. The Transportation Commission approved the recommended option on November 28, 2012. In 2013, Public Works staff is finalizing the design, working with Caltrans on approvals and securing remaining monies. In February 2013, the City Council approved a total of $509,000 in citywide development fee funds for this project increasing the total project budget to $971,770. In 2014, construction is expected to begin in the summer and end in the winter. Town Hall Transportation Commission Meeting AnnouncementCity staff invites community members to a Transportation Commission meeting on Wednesday, December 11, 2013 at 7 p.m. for an update on the Shore Line Drive/Westline Drive bikeway project. The meeting will be held in the City Hall Council Chambers (2263 Santa Clara Avenue), and will discuss the staff report, the revised draft plans and the arborist report.