Hearst Complete Streets Project
The Hearst Complete Streets Project will improve safety and access for pedestrians, bicyclists, bus riders, and motorists on Hearst Avenue from Shattuck Avenue to La Loma Avenue/Gayley Road. The Project is one of three major capital projects in Downtown Berkeley funded by a 2013 grant from the Alameda County Transportation Commission. The Project’s construction budget is approximately $4.3 million, which includes about $2.2 million in federal grants from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission’s One Bay Area Grant program, and local matching funds from UC Berkeley and the City. Construction is anticipated to occur from Fall 2016 through Spring 2017. The specific goals of the Project are to:
- Improve pedestrian, bicycle, and transit access to the Downtown Berkeley Area by all modes;
- Improve pedestrian and bicycle safety;
- Manage travel speeds and improve traffic safety;
- Rehabilitate the pavement; and
- Maintain adequate levels of service for motor vehicles.
The Project will achieve these goals by installing new bicycle lanes, constructing approximately 900 feet of new sidewalk on the south side of Hearst between Tolman Hall (Le Conte Avenue) and North Gate (Euclid Avenue), making bus stop improvements, providing an overlay to improve the pavement condition, upgrading and installing new traffic signals (including Hearst/Le Roy), adding vehicle turn restrictions at Hearst/Spruce and Hearst/Arch, and installing pedestrian flashing beacons and speed feedback signs. The project also includes striping of bicycle box pavement markings (allowing cyclists to wait for traffic signals in front of motor vehicles) and bicycle/motor vehicle shared-lane markings (“sharrows”), installation of ADA-compliant (wheelchair-accessible) curb ramps, reconfiguration of travel lanes, and construction of new medians.
The Hearst Avenue corridor has been the subject of numerous planning studies and has been a priority project for the City and UC Berkeley for several years. In particular, planning studies to date have focused on improving bicycle and pedestrian access along the corridor. The City of Berkeley’s Bicycle Plan and Pedestrian Master Plan identify the need for safety improvements on Hearst Avenue from the north edge of the UC Berkeley campus to Downtown Berkeley. The UC Berkeley 2020 Long Range Development Plan and 2004 Landscape Master Plan identify multi-modal access improvements along campus perimeter streets, including Hearst Avenue, as a priority. In 2012 the City and UC Berkeley worked with consultants to develop the Hearst Avenue Complete Streets Study, which included near-35% level of design, traffic analysis, and cost estimates for the preferred improvements to the corridor. Improvements to the west portion of the corridor are also identified in the City’s Downtown Area Plan and Streets and Open Space Improvement Plan.
For further questions about the project, or to submit comments, please contact Don Irby at (510) 981-6439 or at email@example.com.
- 2012 Complete Streets Study
- Grant Application
- Streets and Open Space Improvement Plan (see Ch. 4, pp. 39-41)
- Downtown Area Plan (see Ch. 4, pp. AC-2, AC-3, AC-8, AC-9 and AC-12)
- March 5, 2013 Council Report on Grant Application
Project funded by ACTC One Bay Area Grant Funding