February 7, 2012 > Bikeway Installations
Submitted By Rick LaForce
In November 2008, City Council accepted the Union City Boulevard Lane Configuration Study. This study recommended that Union City Boulevard be widened to facilitate installation of bicycle lanes from Smith Street to the southern city limits. The study included cost estimates for the widening which was estimated to be approximately $8,000,000 for the entire corridor from Smith Street to the city limits.
The study identified phases that would break the improvements of Union City Boulevard into smaller segments that would not be cost-prohibitive and ensure that grant applications would be viable. The study also recommended improvements to the intersection of Rocklin Drive and Union City Boulevard to help alleviate traffic congestion during school drop-off/pick-up times.
The first phase of the bikeway installations includes the section of Union City Boulevard from Smith Street to 600-feet south of Alvarado Boulevard. The selection of the first phase project limits was based primarily on improvement limits that could add the most additional connections into the existing bikeway systems. In this case, the bikeway system along Union City Boulevard could be connected to existing bicycle lanes north of Smith Street to the Alvarado Boulevard bicycle lanes.
From Alvarado Boulevard, many additional bikeway connections are available to bicyclists including Dyer Street, Alameda Creek Trail and Decoto Road. An additional consideration of project limits was cost. The City sought to implement a project that was not cost-prohibitive but could make a major improvement to the bikeway system in the area. The extension of the project to a point 600-feet south of Alvarado Boulevard was based on the need to provide proper horizontal alignment of roadway.
Because the roadway widening is from within the existing center median and a deceleration lane is being constructed for the Union City Sports Center entrance, the lane alignments are shifting. This shift requires the roadway realignment to extend south of Alvarado Boulevard to ensure a smooth transition from south of Alvarado Boulevard to the realigned portion of Union City Boulevard north of Alvarado Boulevard.
It is anticipated that work on phase I of the Union City Boulevard bicycle lanes will begin this summer. A separate project will be bid concurrently to install a small parking lot at Union City Boulevard/Alvarado Boulevard. The remainder of the corridor will be completed to the south city limits when future funding becomes available.