Letter to Editor: Linden Avenue Traffic Calming Explained

South San Francisco, CA  June 24, 2020 by Eunejune Kim, Director of Public Works, City of South San Francisco

Dear Editor

 

I write to provide additional information about the proposing the Linden Avenue Traffic Calming project. The intent of the project is to promote and encourage multimodal transportation alternatives, which will allow for slowing of traffic to increase safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles. While there are existing curb ramps at the project intersections, they do not meet the current Americans with Disabilities (ADA) standards, and thus need to be modified to maximize disabled access. Here’s a bit of background on the project and financing.

 

The Linden Avenue Traffic Calming project is identified as a priority in the City’s Pedestrian Master Plan, which was developed through multiple community workshops, stakeholders and our Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC). The plan was ultimately presented at a neighborhood meeting in February 2018 and included community feedback before it was finalized.

 

The work itself involves painting high-visibility crosswalks at the corners of Linden Avenue and Pine Avenue, and Linden Avenue and Aspen Avenue, along with adding state approved “green” color “sharrows” on the roadway and signage to increase awareness of the mixed-use bicycle and vehicle lanes. At these same two intersections the City will install new curb extensions/bulb-outs which meet ADA standards to assist those in wheelchairs or who are otherwise mobility challenged navigate these intersections. One parking spot will be lost as a result of this project. The work can start in July, 2020, and finish in October, 2020. Additionally, the intersection of Linden and Lux will be converted from a 2- way stop to a 4-way stop intersection for safety with Phase 2 in 2021.

 

The budget for this project includes grant funds from an outside agency specifically for this project and which cannot be legally used elsewhere. The City has received $400,000 of Transportation Development Act (TDA) Article 3 funding, and $80,000 in San Mateo Transit Authority Measure A funds. These funds are dedicated to promoting bicycle and pedestrian improvement projects specifically, and can only be used for bicycle and pedestrian projects. All project applications were reviewed by the Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee of the City/County Association of Governments of San Mateo County (C/CAG), and this project scored high enough to gain funding approved by the C/CAG Board of Directors.

 

The project has been on the City’s Master Plan for a long time and is a needed improvement for the Old Town community in downtown South San Francisco. There are certainly other intersections which need improvements in South San Francisco, but this project is specifically designed and funded to improve mobility safety in the Old Town community.

 

Eunejune Kim

Director of Public Works

City of South San Francisco

 

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Letter to Editor June 21, 2020 by SSF resident Daniel Perez on this subject CLICK HERE

Original City staff report on this project CLICK HERE

This item goes before City Council this evening June 24th at 6:30-7:00p as part of a Special City Council meeting.

 

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