City Council is holding a public hearing in order to take public
comment and consider what direction to provide staff on the proposed
reconfiguration of Marin Avenue. Following the public hearing, Council
will consider the adoption of a Negative Declaration for the proposed
proposed project, which would match the existing lane configuration on
Marin Avenue in Berkeley between The Circle and The Alameda, would be
implemented by the cities of Berkeley and Albany within the existing
Marin Avenue publicly-owned right-of-way between San Pablo Avenue and
project calls for installing new signage and restriping Marin Avenue
between Cornell Avenue and The Alameda to: 1) convert Marin Avenue
from four lanes (two each direction) to three lanes (one in each
direction with a center left-turn lane); 2) add
bicycle lanes; and 3) retain existing street parking.
a one-year trial phase to allow monitoring of the reconfigured
roadway, Berkeley and Albany will
evaluate project effectiveness. Depending
upon evaluation results and funding availability, the cities may elect
to study a second-phase implementation for Marin Avenue to include
more permanent infrastructure such as medians and bulbouts.
to the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the cities of
Berkeley and Albany prepared an Initial Study and Negative Declaration
for the Marin Avenue Reconfiguration Project and circulated a Notice
of Intent to Adopt a Negative Declaration.
These documents are available online at: http://www.albanyca.org/news/.
Copies of the documents are also available at the Berkeley
Office of Transportation, 1947 Center Street, 3rd Floor;
and at the Central and North Branches of the Berkeley Public Library.
hearings were previously held by: Albany Traffic Commission, September
23, 2004; Berkeley Transportation Commission, October 21, 2004; and
Albany City Council, November 15, 2004.
For further information, please contact
Heath Maddox at (510)