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Last Updated: Apr 25, 2017
Charleston/Arastradero Corridor Project
The Charleston-Arastradero Corridor is a high volume, 2.3 mile roadway serving eleven schools, several parks, shopping centers, commercial uses, a library, day care centers, non-profit organizations, and two community centers. The corridor extends from East Charleston Road at Fabian Way to Arastradero Road at Gunn High School (see project map). Public Works Engineering staff hosted a community meeting on Wednesday, March 2nd to present the initial concepts to the public. For more information view meeting invitation here. Below are the links to the presentation and plans presented at the meeting.
The preferred plan line concept for the project was presented to the Planning and Transportation Commission at their meeting on April 29. The Commission heard a presentation outlining the highlights of the project followed public comments from 26 pubic speakers. Following a discussion of the merits of the project it was voted 6-0 in favor of passing this plan onto the City Council for their approval. The presentation can be viewed here.
The City presented plan line concept to various City groups including the Palo Alto Bicycle Advisory Commission and PTA groups from schools along the corridor in February and March 2015. The presentation can be found here. The next step in the project will be presenting the plan line to the Planning and Transportation Commission in April.
In response to concerns about bicycle and pedestrian safety, a conceptual plan to reduce lanes from four to two was developed and was approved for trial by City Council in 2004.
In 2006, Phase 1 of the plan was implemented on Charleston Road from Fabian to El Camino Real together with improvements at the Gunn High School/Arastradero intersection. In 2010, the Phase 2 trial project on the Arastradero Road section of the Charleston-Arastradero Road Corridor was implemented between El Camino Real and Gunn High School. Council approved the permanent retention of the new lane configurations on Charleston in 2008 and on Arastradero in 2012.
In March 2014, the City entered into a contract with Mark Thomas & Co. to develop preliminary designs and complete the project’s environmental assessment. The project advances the Complete Street elements of the Charleston Road-Arastradero Road Trial Projects including: new landscaped island medians; intersection bulb-outs to help reduce pedestrian crossing distances; enhanced bike lanes and bikeway facilities; new street trees; new streetlights; and streetscape treatments. The preliminary design phase of the project is intended to build consensus around community-preferred improvements before initiating final design.
In May 2014, the City hosted two community workshops. The presentation given at these workshops can be found here. Public comments were collected at these two community workshops and were used to guide the plan line designs created for the project. The comments and responses can be found here.
The City hosted another community workshop in November to review the plan line concepts / alternatives and gather public comments on these plans:
The presentation from the meeting can be accessed here.
The workshop flyer mailed to residents near the corridor can be found here. This project is being managed by the Engineering Services Division of the City’s Public Works Department. To contact us with any questions about the project please call 650.329.2295 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Charleston-Arastradero Corridor in south Palo Alto is a high volume, 2.3 mile roadway serving 11 schools and lined with private residences, commercial uses, and non-profits. The corridor extends from East Charleston Road at Fabian Way to Arastradero Road at Miranda Avenue. Charleston Road and Arastradero Road each have four (4) through vehicle lanes and there are ten (10) signalized intersections along the corridor.
The final plan, approved by the City Council in January 2004, includes additional street trees, landscaped medians, street furniture and other landscape architecture to enhance and make the features of the trial permanent.