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The Hollister Avenue Class I Bike Path Safe Routes to Schools project will construct a Class I Bike/ Multi-Purpose path along the south side of Hollister Avenue from Pacific Oaks Road to Ellwood Elementary School. The project includes re-striping of Hollister Ave and reconstruction of the existing median islands, reducing the through traffic lanes from 13 feet wide to 11 feet wide to accommodate the new path within existing City right of way. The new facility will include a 14 foot wide concrete path with a 5 foot landscape buffer adjacent to Hollister Avenue. The existing 5 foot Class II bike lanes will remain along both sides of Hollister Avenue. Existing signals at Pacific Oaks, Entrance Road, and at Ellwood School will be modified to accommodate the project.
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Purpose and Need
South of Hollister Avenue from Pacific Oaks west to Ellwood Elementary is a dense residential area. School children living there who would love to be able to enjoy the benefits of bicycling to school but cannot because the existing wide avenue with only Class II bike lanes is not suited for younger children. Of the 481 kids who attend the school, only 25 ride their bikes while over 300 walk. The facility will also serve commuters and UCSB students, as well as recreational riders.
Strategic Plan Goal
Implement Citywide Capital Improvement Program
Measure A and Measure A Alternative Transportation Grants, Measure A Local, and Goleta Transportation Impact Program funds are covering the engineering costs. The City was awarded a $1.6 million Active Transportation Program (ATP) grant for project construction.
The Hollister Class I Bike Path will begin construction in May and take approximately six months to complete. While most of the construction will occur during summer, keeping school children safe is a top priority. The Project will include a comprehensive and safe traffic control plan to ensure safety and to minimize the impact to the local residents, students, school, motorists, pedestrians and bicyclists.
During the six month construction period, the City’s contractor, Granite Construction, will be removing existing hardscape, constructing curbs and gutters, ADA-compliant sidewalks and access ramps, doing pavement rehabilitation and constructing a new bike path from Pacific Oaks Road to Ellwood Elementary School. This path will be located on the south side of Hollister Avenue. Hollister Avenue will still have four lanes of travel with a center left turn lane.
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WORK HOURS: The work will generally be performed between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. However, there are work hour restrictions in some instances (i.e., vicinity of schools). Local access will be maintained during most of the work. However, parking restrictions will be necessary and will be posted a minimum of 72-hours in advance of the work.
PROJECT TIMELINE: Some or all of the following activities will be performed on the affected streets:
|Install Traffic Control System & Detour||Early May|
|Mobilization, Preliminary Work and Setup||Early May|
|Remove Existing Hardscape||May|
|Roadway Excavation and grading||Late May / Early June|
|Construct Curbs and Gutter||July - August|
|ADA sidewalks, access ramps and bike path||September|
|Paving Rehabilitation||October & November|
|Stripe and install pavement markings||October & November|
PROJECT AREA: Hollister Avenue traffic will be limited for multiple stages of construction. Please see the area of impact shown below.