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March 29, 2011 > Valley Transportation Plan 2040

Valley Transportation Plan 2040

By Abraham Cruz

Every three years the City of Milpitas submits a list of preferred transportation projects for inclusion in the Valley Transportation Authority's Valley Transportation Plan (VTP). The plan is set to complete projects over 30 years, which receives funding from the State Transportation Improvement Plan, whenever funds are available. All cost figures are estimates.

The city has identified seven projects to improve traffic flow and travel conditions along Milpitas' roadways and pedestrian routes. The Calaveras Boulevard Widening Project will replace two existing two-lane bridges with a six-lane bridge between Milpitas Boulevard and Abel Street. The bridge will have 10-feet sidewalks and six-feet bike lanes. Operational improvements at the Abel Street and Abbott Avenue intersections and auxiliary lanes between Abel Street and I-880 will facilitate transitions and create continuous bicycle lanes. This is the most expensive project at $75M.

A new left-turn (northbound) and two right-turn lanes (southbound and eastbound) at the Dixon Landing Road and Milpitas Boulevard intersection will cost $1.5M. Right-of-way has been acquired at the southwest corner to accommodate the widened-road design which connects with the Dixon Landing Road Widening Project. The latter will add two lanes to Dixon Landing Road which will become a six-lane thoroughfare between I-880 and Milpitas Boulevard with walkways and bicycle lanes. This project, coupled with the reconstruction of the Dixon Landing/I-880 interchange, will relieve traffic congestion. Right-of-way acquisition is needed. The project will cost $6M.

A new project to improve pedestrian and Class 1 bicycle facilities on both sides of a one-and-a half-mile stretch of South Milpitas Boulevard (between Calaveras Boulevard and Montague Expressway) is estimated at $25M. Fiber optic cables for traffic signal, and city communications, surveillance cameras, traffic data collection equipment and traffic signal controllers will be installed along South Milpitas Boulevard; this SMART corridor, costing $1M, has the option of connection with the Milpitas Boulevard Extension for BART.

A $15M pedestrian overcrossing, across the Montague Expressway, will connect Milpitas BART Station to Great Mall and future transit-oriented development identified by the City of Milpitas Transit Area Specific Plan. The final project is the $1.5M extension of the Berryessa Creek Trail southward from Hillview Drive to the city limits near the Montague Expressway. The Class 1 path, which will also be used by cyclists and is identified in the city's Bikeway Master Plan, will be 1.86 miles-long and connect to the future Milpitas BART Station.

The city's recommendations, per se, for the VTP have no fiscal impact. A local funding match may be required in the future to secure the necessary monies for each project's implementation.

For more information on the Valley Transportation Plan 2040, visit www.ci.milpitas.ca.gov.

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