Highway 17 Bicycle & Pedestrian Overcrossing

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Project Background

The Town of Los Gatos is preparing 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 will evaluate 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.

Existing Conditions

  • Crossing Highway 17 presents a barrier for bicyclists and pedestrians;
  • The sidewalks and bike lanes on the Blossom Hill Road Bridge too narrow; and
  • High automobile volume and speed on Blossom Hill Road present a stressful environment especially for  vulnerable street users 

Project Goals

  • Improve bicycle and pedestrian safety and comfort across Highway 17
  • Improve safe biking and walking routes to school
  • Promote more biking and walking trips
Existing conditions of pedestrian crossings at Blossom Hill Road over Highway 17 with vehicles prese

Current conditions on Blossom Hill Road with pedestrians and vehicles crossing over Highway 17

Alignment Alternatives Under Evaluation

  1. A separate bicycle and pedestrian bridge along Blossom Hill Road 
  2. Widening the existing Blossom Hill Road bridge for bicyclists and pedestrians
  3. A separate bicycle and pedestrian bridge connecting to Nino Avenue

Location map of the study area for the proposed HWY 17 Bicycle and Pedestrian Over crossing Bridge.

To view the project study area in a larger format, please click here.

Public Participation

The Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing over Highway 17 Project was included in the Town’s Capital Improvement Program budget. During the conceptual design process, there will be several opportunities for community input, in the spring of 2020.

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Any questions regarding the project can be referred to:

Ying Smith I Transportation and Mobility Manager I YSmith@LosGatosCA.gov