Ohlone Greenway Wayfinding Project
The Ohlone Greenway Pedestrian & Bicycle Wayfinding & Amenities Project will improve the well-used Ohlone Greenway, which runs along the eastern edge of the San Pablo Avenue corridor. The Greenway is a 2.7-mile multi-use trail that traverses the City of El Cerrito, underneath the elevated BART tracks, from the south to north City limits. This Class I pedestrian and bicycle path connects the two El Cerrito BART stations to the existing and planned network of pedestrian and bicycle facilities within El Cerrito, Richmond, Albany and Berkeley. The Greenway serves as a valued linear open space that promotes multimodal connectivity and allows for a variety of recreational and active non-motorized transportation uses.
The project scope includes installation of comprehensive bicycle and pedestrian signage and amenities along the entire length of the Ohlone Greenway. The project will cost-effectively enhance the access, safety, security and convenience for pedestrians and bicyclists by providing clear information and direction to and from key destinations - two BART stations, AC Transit bus stops, schools and community facilities. The project will include the design, fabrication and installation of various signs including wayfinding, trail use, gateway/entrance, bike route, and street names signs.
The design plans and specifications for the signs are based on the concept plans prepared under the West Contra Costa/Albany Transit Wayfinding Plan, Active Transportation Plan, Ohlone Greenway Master Plan, Citywide Wayfinding Signage Program, the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices, and El Cerrito Trails Signage Plan. Amenities to be installed as part of the project of bicycle racks, benches and trash/recycling containers.
The project is funded by Contra Costa Transportation Authority’s Measure J Transportation for Livable Communities and the State’s Affordable Housing & Sustainable Communities Program grant funds.
The design plans and specifications were prepared by Fehr & Peers Transportation Consultants. The City advertised and received bids for this project on September 6, 2017. City Council approved the 100% plans and awarded a contract to Suarez & Munoz Construction, Inc. at its September 18 meeting. Construction began in November 2017 and is expected to be completed in March 2018.