Friday, April 17, 2009

Cesar Chavez Street Update

Just got this update from the C Chav Design Team at the Planning Department:
Thanks to all of you who either attended one of our Cesar Chavez community workshops or sent us an email (or both) over this past year. We appreciate your dedication and concern and willingness to participate in this important community planning process.

As many of you already know, a final design concept was selected by the community late last year. The City then presented final concept drawings earlier this Spring that applied that design concept to the entire corridor. Generally, the design calls for a wider, planted center median, large corner sidewalk extensions at most intersections, bike lanes (per the Bike Plan), two through lanes of traffic, and left turning pockets where left turns are permitted. The street design also aims to be as green as
possible, integrating stormwater planters and other elements to allow stormwater to permeate into the ground instead of flowing into, and overburdening, the city's sewer system.

The Planning Department, the Department of Public Works (DPW), the Municipal Transportation Agency (MTA), and the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) are now working on developing construction drawings, identifying and solving logistical issues, and aligning the capital program. We will continue to advance the design through this process.

As we move through the Summer and into Fall, we hope to finalize our budget and finalize the scope of the actual improvements, and identify, should it be necessary, a phasing program.

There will be plenty of opportunities in the coming months to voice your opinion on the evolving design. We'll keep you updated as opportunities arise.

There will also be formal opportunities to voice your opinions on this
project as it weaves its way through the approvals process at the MTA Board
and the Board of Supervisors. We'll also keep you all updated as these
events are scheduled.

At this point, we are looking to begin construction at some point next year.

Again, we thank you for all your participation. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.


The Cesar Chavez Design Team

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