San Carlos, CA

San Carlos Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project

The San Carlos Avenue Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project enhances safety, connectivity, and mobility along San Carlos Avenue. The project addresses issues that often cause safety hazards between vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists, and improves pedestrian access along the corridor as a whole.

In November 2019, the City began construction for Phases I and II of the Project, between Sycamore Street and Wellington Avenue.

Improvements included: 
  • Constructing curb, gutter, and sidewalk along the north side of San Carlos Avenue
  • Replacing and constructing new curb extensions, and curb ramps at various intersections along the corridor
  • Constructing new traffic signals, improving existing bicycle facilities in accordance to the Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan
  • Installing new traffic signage, traffic striping, and pavement markings
  • Planting minor landscaping
  • Constructing green infrastructure
These "before" and "after" photos illustrate some of the improvements made during Phases I & II, including new designated bicycle lanes.

Before (May 1019) After (December 2020)
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Construction for Phases I & II was completed in April 2021.

The purpose of the final phase of the Project (Phase III) is to construct similar improvements to Phases I and II along San Carlos Avenue, to allow for a continuous stretch of sidewalk that connects from Downtown San Carlos to city limits in the west.

The proposed improvements for Phase III are identified below:

Pedestrian Safety Improvements: Constructing new sidewalk, curb, and gutter along the north side of San Carlos Avenue while the existing asphalt walkway on the south side will be replaced with concrete improvements in order to allow for all of the proposed improvements due to existing roadway conditions.

Bicycle facility improvements: Striping buffered bike lanes with green paint on the north and south sides along with a green bicycle box at the intersection of San Carlos Avenue and Devonshire Boulevard.

Landscaping and Green Infrastructure Improvements: Planting low-level shrubs and cover along with flow-through planters for collecting of surface stormwater run-off.

Removal of Street Parking and Permanent Structures: Removing existing street parking and parking along frontages. The Project will also require relocating existing structures such as, decorative walls, landscaping, or other permanent structures, within the existing right-of-way.

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