Caltrans Continues Its Encinal Avenue Road Construction Project

Caltrans Continues Its Encinal Avenue Road Construction Project

Caltrans began repaving and making other improvements to Encinal Avenue (SR-61) between Broadway and Sherman Street on Monday, June 12. The project aims to provide motorists with a smoother ride and enhance safety for pedestrians and wheelchair users.

In addition to repaving, the work includes upgrading existing curb ramps, enhancing crosswalk markings, upgrading signals with accessible pedestrian signals and installing vehicle speed feedback signs. This project will also incorporate Complete Streets elements, which includes the conversion of the existing two through lanes to one through lane in each direction, a center two-way left-turn lane, two Class II bicycle lanes, and parking within the project limits.

The work is expected to be completed in summer 2024. Caltrans said it will make efforts to minimize inconvenience as the project moves along. Impacts to the public and motorists may include:

· Temporary traffic control with lane closures on both Encinal Avenue and side streets that cross Encinal Avenue.
· Posted temporary “No Parking” signs on some areas of Encinal Avenue.
· Existing curb ramps will be removed and replaced with new curb ramps that meet current standards.
· Existing manhole frames, covers, and utility valve boxes will be adjusted.
· Existing asphalt paving will be removed, and new paving and striping completed.

Caltrans announced the Encinal Avenue enhancement project in May 2022 (“,” June 2, 2022). Caltrans started the project with electrical work at the Encinal and Grand Street intersection in December of last year. The roadway rehabilitation work is the second phase of the project.