A proposal to reduce speeds and possibly traffic volumes on Black Avenue goes before the Pleasanton City Council tonight in response to scores of complaints from homeowners that "their street" has become a "throughway" and "raceway."
Last fall, city staff conducted a neighborhood traffic calming program kickoff meeting that was attended by more than 50 residents. Traffic engineers determined after the meeting that there was sufficient neighborhood interest to pursue measures that could address the complaints.
As a result, major changes will be made to a one-mile stretch of Black Avenue between Hopyard and Santa Rita roads. The recommended changes include:
• Installation of curb "bulb outs," curb ramps, cross walks and crosswalk signs on Black Avenue where it intersects with Tanglewood Court and Greenwood Road to improve pedestrian visibility and safety.
• Installation of a crosswalk, crosswalk signs, pedestrian ramps and a "neckdown" in front of the Dolores Bengtson Aquatic Center to channel pedestrians to a single crossing that will provide better visibility and safety.
• Installation of 25 mph pavement markers adjacent to speed limit signs.
• Installation of a trial "speed lump" at one location to tests its effectiveness in reducing speeds.
• Lower a radar speed sign to increase its visibility to motorists.
• Development of a parking policy for regional events at the aquatic center to reduce traffic congestion in the neighborhood.
• Submitting a request to the post office to reduce its use of Black Avenue.
City Manager Nelson Fialho said the cost of the project is estimated $405,000.
The meeting of the City Council, which must approve the staff's recommendations, will start at 7 p.m. tonight in the Pleasanton Civic Center, 200 Old Bernal Ave.