Solano Complete Streets
 
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About the  Project

Supporting a Walkable Main Street

The City of Albany is developing a Complete Streets and Corridor Revitalization Plan for Solano Avenue from Masonic Avenue to Tulare Avenue to create an active main street environment. An extensive community engagement process will be deployed to identify ideas and strategies to:

  • Improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists

  • Enhance access to transit

  • Promote a cohesive streetscape

  • Support local economic activity

The outcome will be a plan with Complete Streets designs for roadway, sidewalk and intersection changes that support all modes and users of all ages and abilities, builds foot traffic for local businesses, encourages interaction in public spaces, and adds vibrancy to the community.

This project is made possible with the support of a Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant received by the City in partnership with the Local Government Commission.

 
 
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What’s Happening So Far

THE DRAFT PLAN IS HERE!

 

And we’re really proud of everyone’s contributions.

After an extensive public process which commenced in the spring of 2018, the draft Solano Complete Streets Plan is finally here! Please e-mail any comments to Anne Hersch, Planning & Building Manager at ahersch@albanyca.org  

During the February 28, 2019 Traffic & Safety Commission review of the draft Solano Avenue Complete Streets Plan, the Commission moved 4-0 to recommend the City Council adopt the draft Solano Avenue Complete Streets Plan with an alternative that contains a one-way uphill cycle track (south side of the street with track in the east bound direction) and bus-boarding islands with cost estimates and parking numbers for parallel parking on the north side of Solano Avenue and 60-degree angled parking and 45-degree angled parking on the south side of Solano Avenue.

In response to this Commission action, staff requested the consultant prepare a high level memo outlining options for Council consideration.


Planning & Zoning Commission

The design concept was presented to the Planning & Zoning Commission on October 24, 2018.

Solano Complete Streets Background Report (pdf)

Draft Design (Attachment 1 to Background Report) (pdf)


Traffic & Safety Commission Presentation

The design concept was presented to the Traffic & Safety Commission on September 27, 2018.

Design and Planning Process Update (pdf)

Draft Design (Attachment 1 to Update Memo) (pdf)

Presentation (pdf)


Design Review & Pop Up

On Saturday, September 22, from 2-5pm, we released draft designs for review and invited the public to visit a pop up demonstration intersection treatment, and provide feedback.

If you weren’t able to make it, check out the pictures from the event.

See the draft design (pdf), presentation boards (pdf), and perspective drawings (pdf) and let us know what you think - submit feedback below under Contact Us!

Event Flyer (pdf)

Thank you Flowerland Nursery for donating space and materials for the pop up event!


Traffic & Safety Commission Presentation

On June 28, 2018, Toole Design Group presented existing conditions and community input to the Traffic & Safety Commission.

Project Update (pdf)

Presentation (pdf)


Walk Audit & Design Workshop

on May 30, 2018, we held a Walk Audit and Community Design Workshop. The City hosted small group “walk and talk” audits on Solano Avenue, followed by an evening community workshop.

Workshop Activity Responses (pdf)

Workshop Map Comments (pdf)


Existing Conditions

Our technical consultant team, led by Toole Design Group with the Local Government Commission, is collecting and reviewing traffic and safety data, existing plans and current planning efforts, and documenting conditions along Solano Avenue.


Technical Review Committee

On April 17th, the Technical Review Committee met and had an initial discussion of issues, opportunities, and local points of interest along Solano Avenue, and strategies to engage residents and stakeholders in development of the plan. On September 21st, the Technical Review Committee reconvened to review and comment on the draft design.

 
 
 
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STAY informed

 

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To stay up to date on this effort, follow the link and check the Solano Complete Streets box under Calendar and News. Anytime a news or calendar item is added to the City’s website, if it affects a neighborhood or a City item that you have checked, you will get an email. Simple as that!

 

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CONTACT US

 

Anne Hersch
City of Albany Planning & Building Manager
510-528-5765
ahersch@albanyca.org

Justin Fried
City of Albany Transportation Planner
510-528-5759
jfried@albanyca.org