Walnut Boulevard Pedestrian and Bicycle Project

Project Information
Project No.: 0662-6R4176
Federal No.: Not applicable

Project Description
Construct a pedestrian path that meets Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements, on the north/easterly side of Walnut Boulevard near Walnut Heights Elementary School, from Bellows Court to Clarkin Court. Install class III bike route signage on Walnut Boulevard from Bellows Court to Mountain View Boulevard in unincorporated Walnut Creek. The pedestrian path will consist of either an asphalt shoulder with berm separator or concrete sidewalk with curb and gutter.

General Location: Walnut Boulevard from Bellows Court to Mountain View Boulevard.
Supervisory District: #4
Thomas Brothers Map Reference: 612, F-6
Funding Amount: Project cost is approximately $1,000,000
Tentative Construction Date:Construction will begin in either late July or early August 2014 (July 28th or August 4th)

Background Information
A community meeting was held on February 27, 2012 at the Walnut Heights Elementary School to discuss bike and pedestrian safety improvements. Two options for pedestrian and bike improvements were presented to the community:

Option 1 – Construct class II bike lanes on both sides of the street and a pedestrian path on the east side of the street. This option includes pavement widening for bike lanes and a pedestrian path. Since this is a more expensive option, the available funding will result in a shorter length of project to extend from Bellows Court to just beyond McConnell Lane.
Option 2 – Construct a pedestrian path on the east side of the street to join existing sidewalk at Clarkin Ct. Install class III bike route signage between Bellows Court and Mountain View Boulevard. Because this option includes only five feet of widening for the pedestrian path, it is a less expensive option, which allows the pedestrian path to extend approximately 2,600 feet to Mountain View Boulevard.

To see the Power Point presentation from the February 27, 2012 meeting click on this link: February 27th meeting.

Updates:
• Option 2 was selected as the preferred option in order to: maximize project length given the available funding, connect to existing sidewalk at Clarkin Court, minimize disruption to fronting property owners and minimize tree removal. The links below provide the preliminary layout for Option 2.
• An arborist visited the site to consider the layout of Option 2. The arborist estimated 8 trees would require removal for construction of the path.
• The County traffic engineer was consulted during project design regarding optimum crosswalk locations.
• Speed feedback signs were included in the project as a traffic calming measure.
• Safe Route to School application for Option 2 was submitted to the State on March 30th, 2012.

• Safe Routes to School application was not approved, but project will continue with local funding.
• Town Hall meeting was held on January 30th, 2014 at the Walnut Heights Elementary School to provide general information about the project, and to provide answers to questions from property owners adjacent to the project.

• Proposed pedestrian path location was cleared from trees on March 13, 2014 following recommendation of an arborist.

• Project was awarded for construction to contractor on July 8, 2014.

• July 17, 2014 - Pedestrian Path Types of Materials Exhibit was posted online to depict final location of concrete sidewalk and asphalt path.


Project Links
Overall Project Site Plan as submitted in Safe Route to School (SR2S) Application 
Project Layout from Bellows Court to Sutherland Drive (Sheet 1, 11x17 exhibit)
Project Layout from Sutherland Drive to McConnell Lane (Sheet 2, 11x17 exhibit) 
Project Layout from McConnell Lane to Mandala Court (Sheet 3, 11x17 exhibit) 
Project Layout from Mandala Court to Clarkin Court (Sheet 4, 11x17 exhibit) 
Project Layout from Clarkin Court to Saddle Oaks Court (Sheet 5, 11x17 exhibit) 
Project Layout from Saddle Oaks Court to Mountain View Boulevard (Sheet 6, 11x17 exhibit)
Project Status Update Memo - March 21, 2012
Project Status Update Memo - September 11, 2012
Pedestrian Path Types of Material Exhibit - July 17, 2014