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 began Stage 1 of the construction in May and moved into Stage 2 at the end of June. Construction of the entire project will 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.
On September 20 the section of the bike path between Entrance Road and Pebble Beach Drive opened for pedestrians and bicyclists to use! They will be able to walk and bike along the new pathway while the remaining construction is completed. The K-rail will remain in place and there will be no change to the traffic configuration. Signing and striping will not be installed on the new pathway and cross streets until the final stages of construction on this project in late October/early November.
Temporary bus stops will remain at the same locations, which are East of Palo Alto Drive and West of Cannon Green Drive, and access will be provided from the new pathway to the bus stop location at the K-rail.
Between Pacific Oaks Road and Entrance Road, pedestrians and bicyclists will remain in the temporary detour pathway behind the K-rail.
Additional on-going work includes:
- Electrical work, installation of signal poles, underground facilities, pull boxes and pedestrian push buttons for the modified signals at Entrance Road and Pacific Oaks Road.
- Continued landscaping and irrigation work for the landscape buffer area.
- Grading work and construction of the curb and gutter between the pathway and the K-rail.
Once construction between the pathway and the K-rail is complete, the project will move into Stage 3 where the K-rail will be removed, the pavement rehabilitation will be done on Hollister Avenue for the entire length of the project, and the final pavement delineation and signage will be installed. We anticipate moving into Stage 3 in mid-late October.
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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.