Winchester Boulevard Class IV Bikeway Project
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This project involves installation of protected bicycle lanes to improve bicycle and pedestrian safety along Winchester Boulevard between Blossom Hill Road and Albright Way and is a precursor to the Winchester Boulevard Complete Street Project.
Project Updates - 2/2/2021
Updates Since the September 24, 2020 Community Meeting
Since the last community meeting for the Winchester Boulevard Class IV Bikeway Project on September 24, 2020, the Town staff and consultant worked diligently to address comments and feedback from the community members and to complete the design for the Town Council approval on February 2, 2021. For the final bikeway design for Winchester, here are few of the key updates for the project:
- Completed traffic analysis at Lark and Winchester intersection and found no significant impacts (see below for the executive summary and traffic analysis).
- Addition of dashed green bike lanes through the intersections and in front of driveways to further highlight bikeways (see below for “existing versus proposed intersection improvements”).
- Addition of “Bike Box” at Blossom Hill Road, and Two-Stage Turn box at Mariposa Avenue and Wimbledon Drive. (Refer to the Additional Frequently Asked Questions document below)
- New placement locations of the garbage/recycle/compost bins for pickup service by West Valley Collection & Recycling. Once the Class IV bikeways are installed, waste bins would need to be placed within the hatched buffer areas fronting each property or at dashed green bike lanes where there are no hatched buffer areas fronting the property (Refer to the Additional Frequently Asked Questions document below)
For a more in depth look into proposed design strategies along the four key intersections, please click on the link below:
- Existing versus proposed intersection improvements - Updated 2/1/21
Traffic Analysis performed for Winchester Boulevard Class IV Bikeway Project
This recent memo evaluated the impact to auto level of service and delay from the Winchester Boulevard Class IV Bikeway Project on three intersections in the Town of Los Gatos. The analysis considered the effect of the intersection geometry changes planned as part of the Winchester Boulevard Complete Streets Plan.
For staff presentation at the September 24 community meeting, please see below:
|Begin Design||June 2020|
|Community Meeting||September 2020|
|Finalized Design||December 2020|
|Obtain Council Approval to Bid||February 2, 2021|
|Advertise Construction and Award Contract||February - March 2021|
The current design for the Winchester Boulevard Project is 100% complete. 35% Design plans can be found here.
The design currently includes the following elements:
- Improvements to the key intersections of Blossom Hill Road, Daves Avenue, and Lark/Wimbeldon for increased pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular safety
- Installation of protected Class IV bicycle lanes on Winchester Boulevard between Blossom Hill Road and Albright Way
- Vehicle lane modifications including the removal of one northbound vehicular travel lane for much of the corridor and additional site specific travel lane modifications
- Removal of parking in some areas along this portion of Winchester Boulevard
Community Engagement Report
Community engagement for this project began the summer of 2019. Town staff delivered a verbal report on bicycle and pedestrian improvements as part of the Winchester Boulevard Complete Streets Project, to the Bicycle & Pedestrian Advisory Commission. In addition to the public outreach efforts in the past several years, the Town has conducted intensified community engagement since the kick-off of the design phase in the summer of 2019
WINCHESTER BOULEVARD CLASS IV BIKEWAY - PROJECT BACKGROUND
The Winchester Boulevard Class IV Bikeway Project is a precursor to the Winchester Boulevard Complete Streets Project. Both projects propose improvements to transform Winchester Boulevard to improve safety and connections for motorists, bicyclists, and pedestrians, in an effort to encourage more bicycling and walking trips as part of the Town’s overall Connect Los Gatos Program.
The current scope of the Winchester Boulevard Class IV Bikeway Project consists of the installation of protected bicycle lanes and minor pedestrian safety improvements on Winchester Boulevard between Blossom Hill Road and Albright Way, focusing primarily on improvements that can be implemented using pavement striping and signage which can easily be incorporated into the Town’s upcoming 2021 Annual Street Maintenance – Winchester Boulevard Resurfacing Project.
This project will be designed during summer/fall 2020, and the improvements will be incorporated into the Town’s Annual Street Maintenance Project – Winchester Boulevard Resurfacing Project for construction in Spring/Summer 2021. The Winchester Boulevard Complete Streets Project requires a much longer design and construction process, with construction of the larger project potentially slated for 2028.
The Winchester Boulevard Class IV Bikeway Project is included in the Town’s Fiscal Year 2020-21 Capital Improvement Program with a total budgeted amount of $982,455. This includes a Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) grant of $293,900 from the Bay Area Air Quality Management District.
At the June 16, 2020 Town Council meeting, Council approved an amendment to the existing consultant services agreement with Kimley-Horn and Associates to include the design of the Winchester Boulevard Bicycle Lane Project. As Kimley-Horn is also completing the design work for the overall Winchester Complete Streets Project, the amendment will allow for the work of the two projects to be integrated and compatible.
Existing Conditions Report
One of the early deliverables of the design project is the Winchester Boulevard Existing Conditions Report. The report describes the corridor in its current condition and how people use it today. It also identifies the following deficiencies:
- Sidewalk gap between Lark Avenue and Creekside Court
- Lack of designated pedestrian crossings between Daves Avenue and Lark Avenue
- No ADA access or wait area at bus stops
- No sufficient sense of safety with current striped bike lanes
- No bike lane north of UPRR tracks
- Existing Conditions Report
The Report will serve as the informational foundation for the conceptual designs and eventually final recommendations for improvements. The feasibility of implementing improvements of this nature will be further explored and identified as part of subsequent study and design efforts. The Town is actively pursuing funding for the final design and construction of the improvements.