The city of Livermore is hosting its first virtual workshop to receive community input on the East Avenue Corridor Study next week.
The study is focused on enhancing mobility and safety on the segment of East Avenue, between South Livermore Avenue and South Vasco Road. Throughout the course of three community workshops, the city aims to identify traffic-related issues within the corridor and discuss options for improvements.
"The study was already identified to start when a tragic accident occurred midblock along East Ave.," city engineer Cheri Sheets said, referencing the traffic collision that killed pedestrian Yaneli Morales one year ago this week. "This prompted the city to expand the study to include lighting and further enhancements to safety for all modes of travel."
The first workshop, which is scheduled to be held over Zoom next Wednesday (Aug. 12) starting at 6:30 p.m., will introduce the project and its scope to the community before delving in to some preliminary findings and community input.
The second planned workshop would solicit community feedback on three different draft alternative concepts and possibly rework another, hybrid possibility. A third and potentially final workshop would follow to present the hybrid alternative to the community, according to city staff.
Possible components of a solution highlighted on the project website include adding high-visibility crosswalks, medians, speed feedback signs and other traffic solutions. The site also lists the pros and cons associated with each solution.
The East Avenue Corridor Study was initiated as part of Livermore's Active Transportation Plan, as the heavily traveled corridor has a discontinuous bicycle lane and the sidewalk is encumbered with many utility poles, according to city officials.
Data collection and evaluation for the study has been underway since April; recommendations are expected to be brought to the City Council by the end of this year.
The city is conducting a public survey to evaluate current conditions on the corridor. The survey can be taken here.
More information on the East Avenue Corridor Study can be found at www.eastavecorridorstudy.com.