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Downtown Complete Streets Project

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The Downtown Complete Streets Project makes significant improvements to West Alisal Street and Lincoln Avenue that benefit all users of the street.  Traditional street design focuses on accommodation of the car alone with other street uses just an afterthought.  The Complete Streets philosophy calls for design of transportation facilities including streets with all users in mind.  Complete street designs enhances the streetscape to improve conditions for transit riders, bicyclists and pedestrians.  Resulting facilities provide real choices for travelers to decide how to get where they are going. 

The Downtown Complete streets project proposes enhanced crosswalks, curb extensions and signals systems that are bicycle and  pedestrian friendly.  A later phase may include recommendations to accommodate enhanced bus services, which provide reliable and fast services to destinations in the area.  Phase 1 of the project is funded with federal funds and includes “right sizing” West Alisal Street from a 4-lane street to a single lane in each direction with a center turn lane and will provide bicycle lanes.  Crosswalks will be improved to make crossing areas more visible and crossing distances will be reduced.  Bicycle lanes will have more defined spacing from car traffic.  Signal coordination along the corridor will help improve flow through the corridor. 

Phase 1 will include re-striping, signal improvements, and crosswalk improvements on West Alisal Street from Blanco Road to Front Street.  This is funded by a federal grant from the Highways Safety Improvement Program and a grant from the Transportation Agency for Monterey County (TAMC) for design.

Phase 2 includes additional intersection improvements, continuing complete streets improvements on Lincoln Avenue, and designs for enhanced bus service.

The Project is currently in design and Phase 1 is expected to be completed in July 2018.