Transportation Division
Transportation Division
Background
• In January 2009, the Fourth Bore Coalition (FBC) accepted the terms of a settlement with Caltrans that included payment of $2 million for improvement projects along the Highway 13 corridor to alleviate the transportation issues anticipated from the Caldecott 4th Bore project. Detailed settlement terms can be found at http://www.fourthbore.org/fbc-settlement/fbc-settlement-terms/.
•  The Fourth Bore Coalition was a neighborhood coalition, and  Caltrans was not able to provide the settlement funds to a group of citizens. Therefore, the settlement was allocated from Regional Measure 2 funds, regulated and dispensed by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority (CCTA) to the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC), and then provided, on a reimbursement basis, to the City of Berkeley. This multi-jurisdictional process has taken several years and has led to delay in initiating the City of Berkeley implementation process.

• In April 2011, the City of Berkeley City Council, based on discussions with public groups and the City Transportation Commission, approved a list of “Tier 1 Improvements” that would be studied and implemented with the $2 million settlement. Council also authorized the City Manager to enter into the necessary agreements with the agencies listed above in order to accept and use the funds to deliver as many of the Tier 1 improvements as possible with the $2 million.

• In July 2012, The Transportation division of the Public Works Department initiated the planning, outreach, and implementation of these “Tier 1 Improvements”. This included preliminary review of the improvement locations, site observations, data collection, and some conceptual design efforts to check initial feasibility of the improvements.

• In August 2012, Caltrans repaved Highway 13 from the City of Berkeley limits to the Ashby Avenue/Adeline Street intersection.

• On October 9, 2012, a Walkthrough and Public Meeting was held to discuss the project components on Tunnel Road from Claremont Avenue to the City Limits. The handout summarizing the improvements can be found here . A summary of the notes from that meeting can be found here.

• On November 1, 2012, a Walkthrough and Public Meeting was held to discuss the project improvements at Ashby/Hillegass and Ashby/College. The handouts passed out at the walkthrough can be downloaded here.

• On November 15, 2012, Staff presented recommendations for each of the project locations at the Transportation Commission Meeting.      At this meeting, Transportation Commission approved the staff recommendations, which are summarized as follows: 
    o Location A:  Ashby/Claremont - Proceed with final design of traffic signal modifications to implement protected/permissive left turn phasing for the Ashby approaches, including video detection for all approaches, and a new crosswalk on the east leg. 
    o Location B:  Tunnel/The Uplands/Alvarado - Proceed with seeking Caltrans approval for HAWK beacon (pedestrian activated flashing beacon). 
    o Location C:  Ashby/College - Proceed with final design of traffic signal modifications to implement protected/permissive left turn phasing for the northbound College approach, including video detection, pedestrian push buttons, and consideration of bicycle improvements. 
    o Location D:  Domingo Bicycle Improvements - Proceed with final design of bicycle striping and signing improvements, including sharrows on portions of Domingo, El Camino real, and The Uplands 
    o Location E:  Tunnel Bicycle Improvements - Proceed with final design of bicycle striping and signing improvements, including combinations of buffered bike lanes, standard bike lanes, green markings through conflict areas, and green-backed sharrows 
    o Location F:  Tunnel Sidewalk Improvements - Proceed with final design of sidewalk improvements, which includes working with property owners to maintain landscaping and trees, and relocating/removing signs in the sidewalk 
    o Location G:  SR24 Wayfinding Sign - Proceed with working with Caltrans to install a sign(s) on the freeway alerting motorists that the Tunnel Road exit is not the only exit that provides access to Berkeley. 
    o Location H:  Tunnel/Ashby/Domingo - Proceed with final design of curb returns and traffic signal modifications to enhance pedestrian safety, including consideration of bicycle improvements. 
    o Location I:  Tunnel/Oak Ridge - Proceed with seeking Caltrans approval for traffic signal installation given it does not meet CA MUTCD traffic signal warrant criteria 
    o Location J:  Ashby/Martin Luther King Jr Way - Proceed with final design of traffic signal modifications to implement protected/permissive left turn phasing for all approaches, and installation of eastbound and westbound left turn lanes, including video detection, pedestrian push buttons, and consideration of bicycle improvements. 
    o Location K:  Ashby/Telegraph - Proceed with final design of traffic signal modifications to implement protected/permissive left turn phasing for all approaches, including consideration of bicycle improvements. 
    o Location L:  Ashby/Ninth - Proceed with final design of traffic signal modifications to implement bicycle crossing improvements for future Ninth Street bike path, including bicycle and vehicle video detection, and pedestrian push buttons. 
    o Location M:  Ashby/Hillegass - Proceed with seeking Caltrans approval for HAWK beacon (pedestrian activated flashing beacon).

• Staff has been asked to report back to the Transportation Commission quarterly to provide status updates and present conceptual design plans to the commission prior to submitting for Caltrans encroachment permits.

Any questions or comments can be sent to Geoffrey Rubendall, Project Manager .
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