Caltrans held the second Route 84 (Niles Canyon Road) Stakeholder meeting on 27 March 2013 to review their concept for the rebuilding of the Alameda Creek Bridge
over Alameda Creek. Â The bridge is currently 2 lanes with no bicycle or pedestrian accommodation and reduced speed limits are posted.Â The initial plans for
this rebuilding had been developed prior to the dissolution of their original 3
Phase project plan for widening Niles Canyon Road but had not previously been
presented to the public.
In summary Caltrans developed 4 scenarios for rebuilding the bridge but have
selected one which they see as preferred and according to statements made
during the Stakeholder meeting they would not pursue the other three. At the
time (4/8) of posting this report the visual depictions of the 4 bridge rebuild
scenarios are not available however Caltrans indicated they intended to post
them on their Route 84 Project Webpage.
A key aspect of each of the 4 scenarios for the bridge rebuild was Caltrans
intention to do so in a manner which allowed for a 45 MPH vehicle speed limit.
This aspect drew considerable discussion especially when representatives from
Stakeholder groups suggested Caltrans engineer a scenario which provides for a
lower speed limit- 35 MPH. Such a scenario might also reduce environmental
impact. Caltrans staff explained that they must build to their highway
standards which call for a speed limit consistent with the rest of the road. It
was pointed out that there are other sections of the road where speed limits
are below 45 MPH.
As the meeting closed Caltrans indicated they would accept the suggestion for consideration.
The next Stakeholder meeting will likely be planned for late summer 2013- July or August.
Unofficial meeting notes are posted to this webpage for information.
http://www.wisdomwitch.com/savenilescanyon/?attachment_id=929 – Agenda & Handout
http://www.wisdomwitch.com/savenilescanyon/?attachment_id=934 – Unofficial Mtg Notes