Sep 14

Upcoming meetings planned for Transportation Master Plan review

Posted on September 14, 2020 at 9:21 pm by Clay Curtin

Following the public process held in fall 2019, staff and the consultant team have worked to develop the draft Transportation Master Plan. The draft Transportation Master Plan includes projects to enhance the transportation network that meet the communities’ goals and values identified through the Plan’s development, prioritizes projects based on need for implementation and outlines an implementation strategy for both improvements to be implemented locally and for local contributions toward regional improvements. 

Staff and the consultant team will be presenting the draft at the following upcoming virtual meetings:

Transportation Master Plan Oversight and Outreach Committee special meeting
Thursday, September 17, 2020
5 p.m.
The meeting agenda and staff report are available online.

Complete Streets Commission meeting
Wednesday, October 14, 2020
7 p.m.

City Council
Tuesday, November 10, 2020
5 p.m.

For more information or to sign up for project updates, visit the Transportation Master Plan webpage.

Sep 14

“United for Infrastructure 2020” takes place Sept. 14-21, 2020

Posted on September 14, 2020 at 9:12 pm by Clay Curtin

Across the country, businesses, labor organizations and elected officials come together to spread the message that the nation must #RebuildBetter. United for Infrastructure 2020 is a week-long event that advocates for better infrastructure policy and greater investment from all levels of government. Quality, affordable infrastructure – from clean water and broadband internet to safe transportation and strong supply chains – has never been more important. This year’s theme, Rebuild Better, elevates the policies to ensure every American has the infrastructure they need, highlights the role of essential infrastructure workers amidst the pandemic, and opens a conversation about decisions of the past that perpetuated inequities in communities of color, what to do about i, and how to build resilient infrastructure that helps communities thrive in a changing climate. 

Investing in infrastructure is consistently an issue that has strong bi-partisan support from voters, with more supporters wanting government action on infrastructure than almost any other issue. Yet national and local projects with implications for the national economy do not receive the funding they need, and state and local projects that depend, even partly, on federal funding, loans, permitting and new regulatory action haven’t broken ground. False starts, delayed starts, deferred maintenance and inadequate levels of investment put the nation’s infrastructure and its health, safety and economy at risk. Cities, counties, states and the private sector work hard but need a strong and reliable federal partner to get the job done. 

Now in its eighth year, United for Infrastructure (formerly Infrastructure Week) unites diverse stakeholders to send one message to leaders in Washington and beyond. United for Infrastructure 2020 is led by a coalition of labor, business and policy organizations and joined by hundreds of affiliates nationwide. Programming draws attention to the need to make better policy and invest in our roads, rails, pipes, ports, wires, and more.

United for Infrastructure Executive Director Zach Schafer says: “We are thrilled that [your organization] has joined United for Infrastructure 2020. The state of America’s infrastructure is one of the nation’s most pressing issues. As the country falls deeper into a recession, we know that investing in infrastructure can play a crucial role in our recovery, creating both short-term and long-term jobs that support middle-class families and allow communities to thrive. When we invest in infrastructure, we invest in ourselves.”

Sep 14

Construction begins on the Bayfront Expressway bicycle and pedestrian bridge

Posted on September 14, 2020 at 9:07 pm by Clay Curtin

The City has issued the construction permit for the entire bicycle and pedestrian bridge over Bayfront Expressway, which is a key component of the approved Facebook Campus Expansion project. The bicycle and pedestrian bridge will link the Bay Trail to the on-site, publicly accessible open space located to the south of Building 22, and provide a bicycle and pedestrian connection to Chilco Street. The new bicycle and pedestrian bridge seeks to improve bicycle and pedestrian connectivity from the Belle Haven neighborhood and the project site to the Bay Trail, as well as other destinations such as Bedwell Bayfront Park and the Dumbarton Bridge.

Initial construction activities included erecting temporary fencing, installing stormwater pollution prevention measures, mobilizing and staging piles and equipment, and installing on-site cranes. Pile driving is required to comply with Caltrans standards for the bridge construction. Pile driving within the Caltrans right of way in Bayfront Expressway began September 10 and should be completed within four weeks. On-site pile-driving construction activities begin began September 14 and are anticipated to extend through November 4. On average, two piles per day should be installed and the pile driving activities would take approximately 1-2 hours spread throughout the day. Pile driving activities on-site will be limited to between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Pile driving activities and other aspects of the bridge construction may require lane closures and temporary lane reconfigurations. Minimal lane closures are anticipated in this phase of construction. Full road closures will be required to install the bridge deck at a later date. Additional notification will be provided for any future closures of Bayfront Expressway. 

The bridge is anticipated to be complete and open by the end of 2021.