Council to Consider East Alisal Street Corridor Plan Jan. 22

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News Date: 
January 8, 2019
E Alisal Corridor Plan Cover

In August of 2016, the City of Salinas received a Sustainable Cities Transportation Planning Grant from Caltrans to prepare a complete streets plan for East Alisal Street between Front Street and Bardin Road. "Complete streets" are streets that safe and comfortable for users of all modes of transportation, including pedestrians and cyclists. The East Alisal Street Corridor Plan will be considered for acceptance by the City Council on Tuesday, January 22nd, at 6 PM in the City Council Rotunda. Members of the public are encouraged to attend.

The City of Salinas partnered with community members and grassroots organizations from the greater Alisal neighborhood to engage in a meaningful participatory process and achieve the goals of the grant. Engagement for this project included a diverse range of activities such as pop-ups, street outreach, social media use, interviews, and community workshops. The resident-led Alisal Vibrancy Plan Steering Committee, and the Transportation Working Group assisted with project outreach and provided guidance on concept alternatives and the draft plan. On December 5th, 2018, the Planning Commission accepted a resolution recommending Plan acceptance by the City Council.

The Corridor Plan concepts combine community priorities identified during engagement with technical best practices in the transportation field to effectively address long-standing perceptions and concerns of the community.   Community priorities include:

  • Improving safety for pedestrians, cyclists, transit riders, and motorists
  • Adding streetscape and beautification amenities to create a vibrant sense of place
  • Increasing on-street parking in the central business area

These plan concepts are high-level drawings that do not represent a final design. Further study on feasibility, circulation, environmental impacts, and continued engagement will all influence final design and construction plans. Next steps include feasibility and traffic analyses along with environmental review before undertaking a final design. The City of Salinas is committed to continuing engagement with residents and businesses throughout the design and implementation process. The community can view the plan at the link below, and can find more information about the Council Meeting here.

East Alisal Street Corridor Plan