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File #: 2022-2075   
Type: Consent Calendar Item
Body: City Council
On agenda: 7/5/2022
Title: WITHDRAWN - Recommendation to Approve Design Concept for Mecartney Road/Island Drive Roundabout Improvement. (Transportation 20962740) [Will not heard on July 5, 2022]
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 - Evaluation Summary, 2. Exhibit 2 - Online Survey Results, 3. Exhibit 3 - Community Workshop Notes, 4. Exhibit 4 - Roundabout Concept, 5. Exhibit 5 - Bus Turn Templates, 6. Exhibit 6 - Truck Turn Templates, 7. Exhibit 7 - Fire Truck Turn Templates, 8. Correspondence - Updated 7/5
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WITHDRAWN - Recommendation to Approve Design Concept for Mecartney Road/Island Drive Roundabout Improvement. (Transportation 20962740) [Will not heard on July 5, 2022]

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To: Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

In the City's Capital Budget for 2015-17, the City Council approved expenditure of $300,000 in City funds to develop an improvement concept for the Mecartney Road/Island Drive (Mecartney/Island) intersection to improve this wide and busy intersection for all modes of transportation by using best practices to enhance safety and mobility. In 2021, City staff and Kittelson & Associates, Inc. (Kittelson) considered a range of potential improvement options, including a roundabout, a reduced footprint all-way stop, a "do nothing" option, and a traffic signal option. Based on an analysis and community engagement in late 2021 and early 2022, the City staff/consultant team is recommending approval of a roundabout concept for the Mecartney/Island intersection.

On March 23, 2022, the Transportation Commission voted unanimously to recommend City Council approval of the roundabout concept with the ultimate design to prioritize the lane transition, bus pullouts and pedestrian crossing safety improvements and with Transportation Improvement Fund (TIF) expenditures to prioritize Bay Farm Island and the original intent of the funds to improve access.

The project webpage is www.alamedaca.gov/MecartneyIsland.

BACKGROUND

The Mecartney/Island intersection is a wide intersection that also serves as a bus route, truck route, school route and bikeway. The drive alone rates at Bay Farm, Earhart and Lincoln schools are 50 percent, 35 percent and 25 percent, respectively, which could be decreased with a safer and simpler intersection. The intersection is adjacent to both commercial and residential land uses, including the Harbor Bay shopping center and the new Starbucks, which generates more morning demand at this intersection.
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