City Aims to Improve Ped Safety

Eric J. Kos  Pedestrians will be able to cross Park Street more easily along this stretch of Park Street after construction crews complete their work.

City Aims to Improve Ped Safety


Construction to begin on two-block stretch of Park Street

With new construction on both sides of Park Street between Lincoln and Buena Vista avenues completed or planned, pedestrian safety in the corridor has become a priority for the city of Alameda.

Construction work was anticipated to begin this past Tuesday, to improve safety for those crossing Park Street. Recently approved commercial developments are expected to significantly increase the number of pedestrians using these crosswalks. 

The work will improve safety at the following locations.
• Park Street at Buena Vista Avenue: Work will reduce the curb radius at the northwest corner of the intersection by reducing the effective street crossing distance for pedestrians. Construction crews will also install a new crosswalk on the north side along with a pedestrian signal, push buttons and ADA-compliant accessibility ramps.
• Park Street at Pacific Avenue: Workers will install a rectangular rapid flashing beacon on the north and south side of the intersection. 
• Park Street at Lincoln Avenue/Tilden Avenue: Bulb-outs will be installed at the southwest and southeast corners of the intersection to reduce the effective street crossing distance for pedestrians. Construction crews will also install new audible pedestrian push buttons at all four corners of the intersection. 

The project is estimated to take two months to complete. The expected completion date is Sept. 30. Construction will take place Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

During construction, motorists may experience minor disruptions in traffic, temporary loss of parking spaces, temporary restricted street access, as well as an increase in noise and dust levels. Bus stop access will be maintained throughout the project.

This project is funded through the combination of Federal Transportation Community and System Preservation Program funds and Measures B and BB for $436,441. 

Residents with any questions or information about the project should direct their inquiries and comments to Virendra Patel of the city’s public works department at 747-7900.