The Pleasanton City Council Tuesday voted unanimously to start making major modification on Black Avenue to curb speeding and possibly reduce traffic volumes.
The council accepted a multi-age list of changes recommended by Traffic Engineer Mike Tassano and endorsed by a neighborhood task force. Many of the changes are being made 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.
The changes, to take place over the coming year on a one-mile stretch of Black Avenue between Hopyard and Santa Rita roads, will 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.
Most of the changes will have to await approval of the new fiscal year 2014-15 budget, which would take effect July 1.