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Posted on: October 28, 2021

Design Review Board to Consider Design for Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing

NF_BPOC Bridge Rendering west view

The preliminary bridge design for the City of Santa Rosa’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing spanning Highway 101 will be presented to the City’s Design Review Board on Thursday, Nov. 4, 2021 at 4:30 p.m.

The community is encouraged to participate and make public comment on the preliminary design during the meeting where the Board is expected to provide final direction on the bridge design. Instructions on how to join and participate in the meeting are available at srcity.org/BikePedOvercrossing.

The approach to the preliminary bridge design was driven by clean, simple lines, visual lightness and openness, and functionality that is captured using a cable-stayed design with a single off-centered pylon. This design is consistent with previous direction provided by the Design Review Board and is consistent with public feedback received since 2009.

The project will construct a 17-foot wide bicycle and pedestrian shared-use crossing spanning Highway 101 at the Elliot-Edwards alignment approved by Caltrans. This will serve as a connector providing a safer and more comfortable alternative for bicyclists and pedestrians over the freeway between two high-traffic interchanges at College Avenue and Steele Lane. This is a critical link in the east-west bicycle and pedestrian network identified in the City’s Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan Update 2018. 

Following design approval, construction for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Overcrossing is anticipated to begin October 2023. Funding for the   construction phase of the project includes $12 million in federal grant funding awarded to the City from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission (MTC), a $5.1 million allocation from Senate Bill 1, $600,000 through the Transportation and Development Act, and $3.4 million tentatively secured in State Transportation Improvement Program funding from MTC. The City is required to commit a local match of at least 11.47 percent of the total project cost. 

In addition to the Nov. 4 Design Review Board meeting, a community meeting will be held in December where City staff will report on the direction received from the Board and receive additional input from the community on the project. 

Additional project information is available at srcity.org/BikePedOvercrossing.

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