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COWELL ROAD/WILLOW PASS ROAD COMPLETE STREET FEASIBILITY STUDY
Update: DRAFT RECOMMENDATIONS PROPOSED FOR CITY COUNCIL CONSIDERATION
On Tuesday, January 14, 2020, staff will present draft recommendations to the City Council for consideration. The draft recommendations are the result of community input through stakeholder interviews, online information mapping, design lab and mobile pop-up workshops, and social media. Click on the below links to preview the recommendations:
The scope of the Study includes Cowell Road from Ygnacio Valley Road to Galindo Street, Willow Pass Road from Ashdale Drive to Market Street, and Galindo Street between Cowell Road and Willow Pass Road. The purpose of the study is to develop context-sensitive design concepts for the three streets with the goal of improving comfort and safety for all users, including bicyclists, pedestrians, transit users, and vehicles.
The reconnaissance phase involves data gathering in the field and interviewing key community stakeholders, including the Downtown business community, area schools, bicycle groups, and residents. In addition to stakeholder interviews, an Input Map was developed to solicit community feedback.
PHASE 2-COLLABORATIVE DESIGN
Members of the community will be invited to participate in Design Labs in April to learn more about the project and to evaluate possible roadway alternatives. The Design Labs are interactive workshops where participants can collaborate together with the study team in developing alternative designs for each of the study roads. The Design Labs were held on April 23 and May 2, 2019.
PHASE 3-REFINE & PRESENT
The study will conclude with this final phase. Based on feedback from the various outreach efforts, a preferred design alternative will be developed and refined, leading to a plan for each corridor that responds to the needs of all users.
Read our press release about this project.
- What are Complete Streets?
- What is the purpose of a complete streets feasibility study?
- What is the study schedule?
- Opportunities to give input
We are glad you asked! Concord's underlying policy of complete, context-sensitive street design is described in the Transportation Element of the 2030 General Plan. The core of this element is the vision for a transportation system that encourages healthy, active living; is integrated with the adjacent physical form and land uses; provides a range of transportation options (foot, bicycle, car, or transit); reduces the impacts of transportation on climate change; supports environmentally-friendly transportation options; and provides safe, comfortable transportation options for all residents, persons patronizing local business, employees of Concord businesses, and other system users.
Now that Concord has a complete streets policy, we need to drill down into more detailed design for each corridor to apply complete street components while considering physical opportunities and constraints as well as impacts on the overall transportation system. It is important for us to hear from you, work with your feedback in mind on design alternatives, and present the alternatives and trade-offs back to you to ultimately reach a preferred design for each corridor.
- Design Labs: April/May 2019
- Develop Concepts: May/June 2019
- Mobile Pop-Up Workshops to Gather Public Feedback on Design Alternatives: June 2019
- Incorporate Input into Preferred Concept Design: July/Fall 2019 @(Model.BulletStyle == CivicPlus.Entities.Modules.Layout.Enums.BulletStyle.Decimal ? "ol" : "ul")>
Yes! You are welcome to provide input throughout the life of the project through the online platform. The information we will be requesting feedback for will change based on the phase of the study we are in. To refresh your memory, provided is our approach for the feasibility study:
• Phase I - Information Gathering
• Phase II - Collaborative Design
• Phase III - Refine and Present Plan
We will also be presenting design alternatives and trade-offs in response to what we heard through the Design Labs at Pop-Up workshops in June 2019. The draft plan will be presented at a publicly noticed City Council meeting in Fall 2019.