Proposed Addison Undergrounding District On Addison from Bolivar to 2nd Street
A proposed undergrounding project includes a cluster of existing utility poles and three transformers along the north side of Addison adjacent to Aquatic park from Bolivar to 2nd Street. The area is not within an existing undergrounding district and requires project specific funding to be feasible.
Undergrounding in the proposed project area enhances scenic pedestrian and bicycle routes to municipal and regional park facilities, while facilitating expansion of the Fourth Street business district to its terminus at Addison Street and specifically contributing to revitalization of the node at University and 4th Street , while increasing rail safety.
The project potentially meets all the criteria for justifying use of 20A funds (though the project will not be applying for such funds due to delay associated with accessing):
- expanding two existing business areas, 4th St and University Avenue into areas zoned specifically for commercial use;
- improving a scenic corridor adjacent to existing park lands, enhancing views into the park, the adjacent lagoon and prime egret and other waterfowl habitat as well as views to the hills from the park itself;
- developing a pedestrian friendly area adjacent to the recently developed pedestrian and bicycle bridge over I-80. Due to the bridge’s presence pedestrians and bicyclists wishing access to the Bay Trail, marina, or the newly developing East Shore State Park are all served by the improvements on Addison
- reducing a heavy wire concentration in which three transformers are found.
Further, undergrounding here potentially increases rail safety, as two existing poles reduce vehicle sight lines at the crossing and in one case actually block the crossing’s warning lights – reducing their utility. Both the railway and PUC have requested the Agency pursue undergrounding or erelocation as part of a crossing safety diagnostic conducted in May 2006.
The zoning of the area on the north side of Addison creates a continuous business district up 4th St that has yet to be developed south of the University Overpass. The recent enhancements to the rail stop and four new mixed use developments spreading from the corner of 4th and University to Addison’s north side are expanding the 4th St retail area to its anticipated terminus at Aquatic Park. The proposing developers are very interested in undergrounding adjacent to their projects and are prepared to work collaboratively with the City, Agency, utility providers and each other to ensure a continuous improvement, leveraged by their own commitments.
|| Looking East from Aquatic Park on Addison St.
Undergrounding will enhance the project significantly, but while motivated in part by adjacent development, this location is complicated by six overlapping, but staggered development projects:
In response to this complexity, the Agency’s Project Area Committee voted to avoid realignment of the street in the APC scope. Maintaining the existing sidewalk widths is expected to facilitate undergrounding and to allow for realistic coordination among the projects, despite divergent construction schedules starting in 2007 and lasting over the next 3-5 years.