Highway 17 Bicycle & Pedestrian Overcrossing
Project Update 09-30-21
Several new project information documents are being posted to the project page. These include a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs), an updated project schedule, and the Town Council approved Community Engagement Plan for the project.
The FAQs have been compiled from the various outreach activities conducted to date and provide background information on the project.
BPOC Community Engagement Plan
The updated schedule shows the four project phases anticipated for this project as follows:
- Phase 1 – Caltrans Project Initiation Document
- Phase 2 – Preliminary Engineering and Environmental Review
- Phase 3 – Final Design (PS&E)
- Phase 4 – Construction – pending funding approval
The Town is currently in Phase 1 of the project development process and is beginning coordination efforts with Caltrans. Preliminary design features (bridge and pathway location, look, and limits) will begin to be developed during Phase 2 of the process. Environmental review of the proposed improvements will also be evaluated during Phase 2. Final design details will be developed toward the end of the project development process in Phase 3, once preliminary designs have been environmentally approved. The Town intends to solicit the community’s input throughout the entire process.
Preliminary information regarding project design concepts such as bridge width, height, location, bicycle and pedestrian connectivity/circulation, etc. can be found in the 2020 Feasibility Study. Project design details beyond those currently documented in the Feasibility Study are unavailable in this early phase of the project and will be developed with community and stakeholder input in forthcoming phases of the project.
We encourage interested parties to subscribe to the “Notify Me” service (for Connect Los Gatos) located on the project page to stay informed about the project, planned workshops and other public events and opportunities to provide feedback/input on the project's proposed design features.
Survey Work Near Blossom Hill Road
In early September, professional survey crews from BKF Engineers started the very preliminary site survey work necessary to gather data for the BPOC project in the vicinity of Blossom Hill Road between Roberts Road West and Roberts Road East. The crews will return to the area intermittently as the project continues to gather the necessary data. During September, the crews will be conducting the survey work on the Blossom Hill Road sidewalk and adjacent areas but will not be working in the roadway and will not be affecting vehicular traffic lanes. The work hours are 8:30 a.m to 5:00 p.m and the crew has been advised of the times when high pedestrian and bicycle volumes are anticipated along this corridor to avoid impacts to the users.
On Thursday morning, September 9, 2021 at 7:30 am, the Complete Streets and Transportation Commission (CSTC) will receive a status report on the community engagement implementation plan for the first phase of the Highway 17 BPOC project. The report will be a part of the regularly scheduled CSTC virtual meeting. The full CSTC agenda, including the Highway 17 BPOC status report and instructions for how to participate in the virtual meeting can be viewed at: https://www.losgatosca.gov/AgendaCenter/ViewFile/Agenda/_09092021-1944
The first phase of the Highway 17 BPOC project includes the preparation of the Caltrans Project Initiation Document as well as workshops and outreach with the community and project stakeholders to determine preferences regarding the type and general look of the proposed bridge.
After a comprehensive consultant selection process, the firm of BKF Engineers has been selected to complete the design of the Highway 17 Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing Project. The project will require close coordination with Caltrans, the Los Gatos community, Town Council, Complete Streets and Transportation Commission, and other project stakeholders. The project design is anticipated to be completed in approximately 2 ½ years, in early 2024.
A major first step in the design process will be the determination of the type of bridge structure, concrete box girder or streel truss, to move forward into design. The consultant will begin preparation of drawings to show potential concrete and steel truss bridge alternatives for review and consideration this summer/fall. A community meetings and presentation to the Complete Streets and Transportation Commission will be held to obtain feedback on the bridge options prior to Council making a final decision on the bridge type. Notification of the Community Meeting will be posted on this project page as well as on the Town's social media sites.
Should you have questions regarding the project, please feel free to e-mail Michelle Quinney, Special Project Manager, at MQuinney@LosGatosCA.gov.
An Addendum to the Request for Proposals has been posted to the Town's RFP website. The date for submittals of the RFP has been extended via the Addendum.
The Town has recently released a Request for Proposals (RFP) for professional engineering consultants to assist with the development of the project. The RFP can be found on the Towns RFP page at https://www.losgatosca.gov/PPW_RFP_RFQ. The proposal review and consultant selection process will take place in January/February 2021 and it is anticipated a consultant could be on board in March/April 2021.
On December 1, 2020, the Town Council approved several actions associated with the Highway 17 Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing project. The actions include accepting the Measure B grant of $2.75 million, authorizing the release of a Request for Proposals for engineering design, and approving a Community Engagement Plan. The design work will begin in early 2021 and will be completed in 2023. Throughout the design phase, there will be additional opportunities for the Town Council and the public to provide input. Please stay in touch with this project by visiting this webpage. The Town welcomes your involvement in making Los Gatos a more bike and pedestrian friendly community!
The Town Council has approved the feasibility study for the Highway 17 Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing Project. This motion allows staff to proceed with exploring design options and detailed engineering work, such as a final bridge structure, bridge width, and environmental clearance. It also supports the Town's staff ability to pursue future grant applications for construction dollars.
The Town Council action included the following key design elements:
- A separate bridge structure for bicyclists and pedestrians
- Preferred alignment south of Blossom Hill Road Bridge
- Bridge width between 16 and 20 feet
- Three bridge type options for further evaluation: concrete, steel truss, and steel arch
Feasibility Study for the Highway 17 Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing Project
Please view the Project Video to hear what people say about this project!
- Click here to view the design concept of the Bicycle & Pedestrian Overcrossing
- Community Engagement Activities Report
The Town of Los Gatos has prepared a Feasibility Study to evaluate options to improve safety and connections for bicyclists and pedestrians crossing Highway 17 near Blossom Hill Road. This phase of the project evaluates three alignment alternatives and provide conceptual design of these alternatives. The Town is actively pursuing funding for the final design and construction of the preferred alternative.
- Improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and comfort across Highway 17
- Improve safe biking and walking routes to school
- Promote more biking and walking trips
|Design Consultant RFP||June 2019|
|Preliminary Evaluation||January - March 2020|
|Outreach Round 1 - Initial Screening||February 2020|
|Survey Report||February - August 2020|
|Town Council confirmed two alternatives||March 3 2020|
|Measure B Grant Awarded||June 2020|
|Progress Report to Complete Streets and Transportation Commission||July 9 2020|
|Introduction Design Presentation to Complete Streets and Transportation Commission||August 13 2020|
|Community Meeting Presentation||August 25 2020|
|Town Council adopted preferred alternative||September 1 2020|
|Town Council Considered Next Steps||December 1 2020|
|Begin Design||April 2021|
|Bridge Type Selection||June – October 2021|
|Project Approval/Environmental Documentation (PA/ED)||Feb. 2022 – Feb. 2023|
|Obtain Environmental Clearances||December 2022|
|Final Design - PS&E, ROW cert/Caltrans Permit||Feb. 2023 – January 2024|
|Advertise Construction and Award Contract||Early 2024|
|Construction (Pending Funding Availability)||Early 2024 - December 2025|
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Any questions regarding the project can be referred to:
Michelle Quinney I Special Projects Manager I firstname.lastname@example.org