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). 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. The City hosted two community workshops in May. The presentation given at the meetings can be found here.
Charleston Road Community Workshop: Thursday, May 15, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at Cubberley Community Center, Room M-2. (400 Middlefield Road in Palo Alto)
Arastradero Road Community Workshop: Tuesday, May 20, 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm at the Elks Lodge, Palo Alto Room. (4249 El Camino Real in Palo Alto)
For more information about our workshops see flyer.
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.