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File #: 2023-3125   
Type: Regular Agenda Item
Body: Transportation Commission
On agenda: 5/24/2023
Title: Review and Endorse Draft Recommendations for Park Street and Webster Street Commercial Corridor Restriping Plan (Action)
Attachments: 1. Exhibit 1 CrossSection, 2. Exhibit 2 Park Corridor Concept, 3. Exhibit 3 Webster Corridor Concept, 4. 6A_PublicComment_Updated5-25-2023, 5. 6A_Presentation_ParkWebster
Title

Review and Endorse Draft Recommendations for Park Street and Webster Street Commercial Corridor Restriping Plan (Action)
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To: Honorable Chair and Members of the Transportation Commission

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

At the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, the City of Alameda restriped portions of Park Street and Webster Street to re-purpose some sidewalk and roadway space for parklets and outdoor spaces for use by local merchants. Called the "Commercial Streets Program," it was an important part of the City's multi-pronged response to the pandemic's dramatic and immediate negative impacts to the local business community.

The Commercial Streets program was established as a temporary program in 2020. In late 2021, staff evaluated the program and then brought recommendations to the Council on November 2, 2021 to continue the program for another two-years, through November 1, 2023. The recommendations included improving the Park Street and Webster Street striping plans and approving the concrete traffic control barricade standards, to be placed around the parklets. It also included updating the parklet permit program and issuing permits through November 2, 2023; maintaining the Alameda Avenue one-block street closure off of Park Street; and resuming pre-COVID parking management, fee collection, and enforcement activities, all of which have happened. Finally, Council allocated $630,350 in American Rescue Plan Act funds for these efforts.

Staff is preparing recommendations for the City Council regarding the future of the program.

At this time, staff is requesting that the Transportation Commission review and endorse the draft recommendations and striping plans (Exhibits 2 and 3).

BACKGROUND

Currently, Park Street from Lincoln Avenue to San Jose Avenue and Webster Street from Lincoln Avenue to Central Avenue are striped for one travel lane, a parking lane and a parklet "lane" on each side of the street. Each parklet lane is located immediately adjacent to...

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