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May 27, 2020

Clement connector

Filed under: Alameda — Lauren Do @ 6:07 am

Just so that no one can say that there was no notice about it, the Transportation Commission will be meeting tonight to vote on the final design for Clement. There was not a ton of public correspondence but the majority of it was positive.

There will be a removal of 145 spaces out of 300 but if you’ve ever used the Clement bypass you’ll know that there is rarely any parking issues on Clement until you get closer to Park Street.  And even then it’s not that terrible.

From the staff report:

Consistent with recent City Council Vision Zero and lane width policies, the primary design objective of the final design is to improve safety for all users of the 1.2 mile public right-of-way along Clement Avenue between Grand Street and Broadway.  The proposed design is specifically designed to improve safety for people bicycling and walking along this portion of Cross Alameda Trail, which will ultimately provide a safe and convenient bicycle and pedestrian trail between Alameda Point in west Alameda and the Miller-Sweeney/Fruitvale Bridge in east Alameda.

As shown in the diagrams below as Figures 1 and 2 and in Exhibit 1, the final design provides for:

•                     Two 11 foot travel lanes for automobiles and trucks;

•                     One 14 foot protected, two-way bikeway from Grand Street to Walnut Street and from Elm Street to Oak Street, and a 9-10 foot two-way bikeway from Walnut Street to Elm Street and from Oak Street to Broadway; and

•                     One 8 foot parking lane on the south side of the street from Grand Street to Walnut Street and two 7 foot parking lanes on the south and north sides of the street from Walnut Street to Elm Street and from Park Street to Broadway.

This should get the go ahead from the TC and then the majority of the City Council.  I anticipate that Tony Daysog will either abstain or vote against this project given his no votes on cycle tracks (6/4/2019) in the past.

And, I imagine that even with all of the public meetings held on this item, as soon as construction starts someone somewhere will complain about being blindsided on this project.

1 Comment »

  1. I’m pretty sure that I did submit some public correspondence on this matter. I live 2 blocks away from Clement and frequently walk my dog along that route, and it desperately needs traffic calming and more safe places to cross the street. It is in a residential area, but due to the lack of stop signs, pedestrian crossings, etc., a lot of vehicles treat the Grand to Oak stretch as a place where they can drive as fast as they want. Very happy that this is finally moving forward.

    Comment by trow125 — May 27, 2020 @ 10:07 am

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