Council to consider $405,000 Black Ave. traffic calming project tonight

Speed hump, narrowing street at crosswalks among proposals

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.


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Posted by also hate traffic
a resident of Downtown
on Dec 17, 2013 at 8:56 am

If you think Black Ave is anything of a racetrack try being on First St. Bad enough that the cut-throughs think they own it but the traffic manager sets up the lights to make it nearly impossible to get across First St at any intersection. Walking or driving. The lights for the cut-throughs are always green, the cross traffic waits forever for a 15 second green light. The left turn lane north of Neal is for the residents to be able to get into our out of their driveways. The cut-throughs use it as a passing lane. Hello PPD, cite a few of those OK?
I can agree with the above calming ideas right up until telling the Post Office not to use their own building. Why should the desire of a few Black Ave residents means that the rest of us downtown would lose the use of our post office? Get serious city council or get voted out.

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Posted by Frank Lynn
a resident of Valley Trails
on Dec 17, 2013 at 11:01 am

All for this idea. I would like to see round-abouts on both sides of Valley Trails as well. Pleasanton's "brand" is a family friendly-town, but a few jerks who don't think speed laws apply to them endanger our children's lives. It's great to have more police patrols with the intention of catching and citing these folks, but traffic calming physical structures like roundabouts and speed bumps are more effective.

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Posted by Mitch
a resident of another community
on Dec 17, 2013 at 11:24 am

$405k for lowering existing signs, painting the road and installing per-fabricated speed bumps? Pretty sweet contract for someone...

How about park a cop there during busy hours until people get the message? Drive in that area of town fairly frequently and can't remember the last time there was any sort of crackdown. Plus, it is much cheaper and doesn't empower other NIMBYs to complain until the entire town is filled with $400,000 speed bumps.

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Posted by Eric
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 18, 2013 at 7:54 am

Lose the use of the Post a Office? Absurd. All that the Post a Office is being asked to do is put their big rigs and giant trucks onto Santa Rita instead of having these giant, loud and speeding vehicles on a residential street numerous times a day. As for the assertions of the cost being for the moving a sign and adding a pre fabricated speed bump is again absurd. Go to City Hall, look at the plan, read the minutes of the Council Meeting and then come back and spout off about what you currently know nothing of.

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Posted by Lee
a resident of Pleasanton Valley
on Dec 18, 2013 at 7:31 pm

When you buy a house on a street that connects two schools and two major roads, there is going to be traffic on it. That's why your house cost less.

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Posted by John
a resident of Birdland
on Dec 19, 2013 at 12:05 am

Eric, It's clear your the one that knows nothing. Big Rigs and whatever giant truck are make a right turn on black and the second left into the back parking lot. The first left is the post office. You can't even hear the it's so far. Garbage trucks at six am are a problem. Next time buy a house on a hill.

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