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June 5, 2009

It’s in the Stargell

Filed under: Alameda, Alameda Landing, Alameda Point, Development, Transportation — Lauren Do @ 6:36 am

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I figured that maybe folks would be more interested in the Stargell (nee Tinker) realignment and extension project now that work has actually started.   The rendering above is the best representation that I have seen of the project yet.  Click it to enlarge.  At the meeting last week which was so poorly attended it reminded me of that Parks & Recreation show’s depiction of community meetings.   Except without the people digressing off topic.   All 10ish of us were in this massive multi-purpose room at Ruby Bridges.  

The workers just completed clearing out the shrubbery and cutting down some trees, unfortunately there was a thicket of trees directly in the path of where the new Stargell would swoop into the College of Alameda land and they were felled yesterday.   At the meeting, someone asked about the trees and we were told that they would be replacing the trees with other trees, which, as we all know, the trees will end up being dinky little saplings that may or may not make it through the first big wind storm.

Although I do think the stretch of Stargell looks a million times better once they took down the chain link (and barb wire topper) bordering the College property.   Hopefully that will stay down for good.   The fence is also being moved on the Alameda Landing side to make room for the additional lanes.

The benefits from this realignment , in my opinion, is that there will be a new bus stop at the intersection created at Stargell and Webster.  Stargell between Webster and Fifth will finally get a sidewalk, it was so very dangerous walking on that portion.   And from what I understand, they are going to pretty up that section so that it is more visually welcoming.

More renderings below to give you all an idea of what’s coming.   It supposed to be completed by Summer of 2010, but because it’s construction and outdoors, I wouldn’t count on it being done until Fall 2010.

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16 Comments

  1. Although I knew it was coming, it was disappointing to see several trees being felled yesterday …

    Comment by alameda — June 5, 2009 @ 11:51 am

  2. A new sidewalk will be great for all of us who get off the bus there and have to walk down stargell to get to our homes. Keep the improvements coming. I can’t wait for Alameda point and landing projects to start. Alameda will finally be returning to the world class city it once was.

    Comment by Scott Gray — June 5, 2009 @ 2:31 pm

  3. Oh, I forgot to mention that one of the hazards that drivers should be aware of is the shortened merge from the current Stargell on to Webster going southbound. So be careful for merging traffic.

    Comment by Lauren Do — June 5, 2009 @ 4:04 pm

  4. I attended that last 15 minutes of the meeting. One problem I saw was the placement of the stop light which could possibly hold up traffic in the tunnel; other than that this is exciting news for Bayport Alameda. I drove through the community and Catellus/ Warmington did a wonderful job!

    Stargell is important for Alameda Landing — but get ready for Target! One of the consultants confirmed that Catellus is wooing Target for this site!

    Comment by Karen Bey — June 5, 2009 @ 5:04 pm

  5. Back in the Dark Ages (2001 or so?), several representatives of Alameda Transit Advocates, BikeAlameda, and Pedestrian Friendly Alameda urged then-Assistant Director of Public Works Cheri Sheets to provide safer bike-ped access to and from Maria Village shopping center, the College of Alameda, and the Posey Tube’s “bike route.”

    This interest was stimulated by the just-completed Webster Renaissance Project Streetscape design process and the City staff’s monstrously expensive freeway-like design options for Tinker, Atlantic, and Webster at public meetings at Mastick Senior Center.

    We wanted to improve the access for pedestrians and cyclists near the portals to the Tubes but not build more expensive freeway approaches between Atlantic Avenue (now Ralph Appezzato Parkway) and the Tubes. So Cheri helped convene a task force that met several times to examine many alternatives, including a bike-ped bridge spanning Webster at the mouth of the tubes.

    We spent many hours in meetings, some of them crowded into cars parked near the intersection, talking about street design with the rain pouring down. Finally, someone (I think it was Steve Gerstle of ATA) suggested a street-level controlled intersection much like what is now under construction. All of a sudden, we had found a solution that not only saved millions of dollars but also provided superior bike-ped access across these busy arterials.

    It was a significant victory for “citizen transportation planning,” and it is nice to see the construction has begun.

    (There was a related flap over Eugenie Thompson’s appointment to the Planning Board at about this time. Apparently, Thompson was the contract engineer that Sheets hired to create a technical design from our ideas,and there was a conflict between her simultaneously sitting on the PB and getting paid for professional services by Public Works. My knowledge of this related story is quite limited, but that conflict apparently followed the task force having come up with the concepts that Thompson engineered.)

    Comment by Jon Spangler — June 5, 2009 @ 9:58 pm

  6. If there is one person I might “blame” for the Tinker Avenue Interchange Task Force and our “community-based” design alternative, it might be Dan Wood.

    He called me and asked if I knew about an upcoming meeting at Mastick Senior Center on “freeways” that were being proposed for Alameda Point. (I did not.) I figured it was close by so I could afford to go…

    Once there, we discovered just how crazy all the options seemed to be. Expensive, too–every one of the “flyovers” had a price tag of at least $20 million in 2001 dollars.

    The esatimated cost of the “community based alternative for Tinker (pre-Stargell) was $13-14 million in 2001…

    Comment by Jon Spangler — June 5, 2009 @ 10:24 pm

  7. They have already done quite a bit of work on Alameda College. I imagine they want to complete a lot of the work there during the summer break.

    The new landscaping in the area will be great, as long as the City can maintain it after it is done.

    Comment by Joel — June 6, 2009 @ 8:08 am

  8. What would really be great is if West End residents or Peralta Colleges students were able to get jobs out of this deal. I remember first hearing about this (http://media.www.laneytower.com/media/storage/paper1008/news/2007/03/22/News/City-Of.Alameda.Eyes.Coa.Land-2786575.shtml), you would’ve thought that there would be economic opportunities for people most directly affected by this.

    Comment by Reginald James — June 8, 2009 @ 3:48 am

  9. #8 – I like that kind of thinking! Right on, Reginald! Jobs for the community!

    Comment by Jayne Smythe — June 8, 2009 @ 11:14 am

  10. There are signs saying the new traffic lights will be functional on the 24th (or was it 21st?). But there is NO sign of any landscaping being done … nothing close to the pretty pictures shown in the plan. Anybody know when this might happen?

    Comment by alameda — May 20, 2010 @ 10:33 am

  11. Alameda: Landscaping is always the very last thing that is put in so I wouldn’t expect anything planted until completion.

    Comment by Lauren Do — May 20, 2010 @ 10:46 am

  12. The landscaping is finally underway! btw, does anybody know if the fenced off areas will be landscaped as well? The fenced off areas are on either sides of Stargell (near Webster) and between Mariner Sq loop and Webster St.

    Comment by alameda — August 9, 2010 @ 12:21 pm

  13. Lauren:

    I’ve been trying to track down the final/approved plans for this project and haven’t yet been successful. The city clerk has suggested I visit public works, but that’s challenging for me during business hours. I see you’ve got schematics here, but i’m not sure of the source — are any of them from the approved plans? If you happen to have the final approved plans (or a link), I’d really appreciate it! Thanks in advance for any help.

    Comment by cyndy — August 22, 2010 @ 9:22 pm

  14. Hi Cyndy:

    The Planing Board streetscape approval is on this agenda from March 2009. Here is the staff report, the resolution, and the Master Plan.

    Comment by Lauren Do — August 23, 2010 @ 6:41 am

  15. Thanks! I’m curious about the bike paths I see on the plan. On the ground I see sidewalks… Will follow up with the city.

    Comment by cyndy — August 23, 2010 @ 7:06 am

  16. Hi Cyndy:

    I’m still looking for the plans that I took those renderings from, it was a while ago, but those graphics were from a Staff Presentation so they are “official.” As soon as I find them I’ll post them.

    Comment by Lauren Do — August 23, 2010 @ 7:20 am


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