The City of Pleasant Hill has recently completed significant enhancements to six of the major trail crossings throughout the city. Mayor Hanecak and city officials will conduct a ‘switch-on’ ceremony of the signal lights. The public is welcome to attend the event.
The Citywide Trail Crossing Enhancement Project consisted of constructing access and visibility enhancements at four key trail crossings along the Contra Costa Canal Trail at Chilpancingo Parkway, Gregory Lane, Boyd Road and Oak Park Boulevard and another two trail crossings along the EBMUD Trail at Oak Park Boulevard and Astrid Drive. See the attached map for exact locations of the trail crossings.
Trail crossing enhancements installed varied at each location, but in general included:
In-pavement flashing lights
Pedestrian actuated LED signage
ADA curb ramps
Concrete bulb-outs & sidewalks
High visibility signs
Pavement striping; and
Radar speed feedback signs
In addition, a new pedestrian signal and landscaped median island was constructed at the Gregory Lane/Contra Costa Canal Trail crossing. A new concrete sidewalk was also constructed along the south side of Oak Park Boulevard (between the EBMUD Trail crossing and Eccleston Avenue), and limited traffic signal modifications were completed at the Oak Park Boulevard/Monticello Avenue intersection to enhance student access between the EBMUD Trail and the nearby Pleasant Hill Middle School.
The total project construction cost is approximately $1.2 million, of which City staff secured over 60% in various State transportation grants for construction. The remaining project costs were funded with local funds. City staff secured construction and long-term maintenance easements with the United States Bureau of Reclamation, Contra Costa Water District, East Bay Regional Park District, Contra Costa County, and EBMUD for the construction of the various project improvements. The project was constructed while allowing uninterrupted access to trail users during the 4 month construction period.