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California Avenue (Palo Alto, CA) Traffic Study (2011)

California Avenue (Palo Alto, CA) Traffic Study (2011)

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The City of Palo Alto commissioned this traffic impact study to determine how a lane reduction on California Avenue might affect traffic.
The City of Palo Alto commissioned this traffic impact study to determine how a lane reduction on California Avenue might affect traffic.

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California Avenue Lane Reduction
Transportation Impact Analysis
Prepared for:
City of Palo Alto
December 14, 2010
Hexagon Office: 111 W. St. John Street, Suite 850San Jose, CA 95113Hexagon Job Number: 10BW15Phone: 408.971.6100Document Name: California Av.doc
 
California
 
Avenue
 
Lane
 
Reduction
 
 –
 
Traffic
 
Analysis
 
Report
 
i
 
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P a g e
 
Table of Contents
Executive Summary....................................................................................................................................ii
 
1.
 
Introduction.....................................................................................................................................5
 
2.
 
Existing Conditions.......................................................................................................................13
 
3.
 
Project Conditions.........................................................................................................................24
 
4.
 
Conclusion....................................................................................................................................38
 
Appendices
 Appendix A: Traffic Counts Appendix B: Level of Service Calculations
List of Tables
Table 1
 
Signalized Intersection LOS based on Delay.............................................................................9
 
Table 2
 
Unsignalized Intersection LOS Based on Delay......................................................................10
 
Table 3
 
Roadway Segment LOS based on Volume-to-Capacity Ratio.................................................11
 
Table 4
 
Existing Intersection Levels of Service.....................................................................................20
 
Table 5
 
Existing Roadway Segment Level of Service...........................................................................21
 
Table 6
 
Existing Queues on California Avenue.....................................................................................22
 
Table 7
 
Project Intersection Level of Service........................................................................................27
 
Table 8
 
Roadway Segment LOS with California Avenue Lane Reduction...........................................28
 
Table 9
 
Queuing Analysis AM Peak Hour..........................................................................................30
 
Table 10 Queuing Analysis – Midday Peak Hour....................................................................................31
 
Table 11 Queuing Analysis – PM Peak Hour..........................................................................................32
 
List of Figures
Figure 1
 
Project Location and Study Intersections..............................................................................7
 
Figure 2
 
Project Location Aerial...........................................................................................................8
 
Figure 3
 
Existing Intersection Lane Configurations...........................................................................15
 
Figure 4
 
Existing Roadway Segment ADT.........................................................................................16
 
Figure 5
 
Existing Peak-Hour Traffic Volumes....................................................................................17
 
Figure 6
 
Existing Peak-Hour Bicycle Volumes...................................................................................18
 
Figure 7
 
Existing Peak-Hour Pedestrian Volumes.............................................................................19
 
Figure 8
 
Proposed California Avenue Improvements........................................................................25
 
Figure 9
 
Project Intersection Lane Configurations.............................................................................26
 
Figure 10
 
 Alternate Extended Queue Storage Design at El Camino Real..........................................33
 
Figure 11
 
 Alternate Westbound Lane Configuration at Birch Street....................................................35
 
Figure 12
 
 Alternate 45-Degree Parking Design between the Park Boulevard Intersections...............37
 
 
California
 
Avenue
 
Lane
 
Reduction
 
 –
 
Traffic
 
Analysis
 
Report
 
i i
 
|
 
P a g e
 
Executive Summary
This report presents the results of the transportation impact analysis conducted for theproposed California Avenue lane reduction in Palo Alto, California. The proposed projectwould reduce the number of travel lanes on California Avenue between El Camino Realand Park Boulevard from four travel lanes to two. An operations and queue analysis of keyintersections along California Avenue is also provided.The additional pavement space provided from the lane reduction would be used for streetscape improvements including decorative pavement bands, intersection bulb-outs,and to provide additional on-street parking supply. Most of the parking spaces would be60-degree angled parking spaces, although some parallel parking will also be provided. Athigher volume intersections such as El Camino Real & California Avenue and Birch Street& California Avenue, additional approach lanes are proposed to provide additionalintersection capacity for traffic. All existing crosswalks for pedestrians would be maintainedwith three additional crosswalks provided at the intersections of Park Boulevard &California Avenue. Where bulb-out improvements are proposed, existing crosswalklengths would be reduced to improve pedestrian operations. The project would alsoenhance the existing California Avenue Bike Route with the addition of Sharrows stenciledonto the pavement.The proposed lane reduction was reviewed in accordance with City of Palo Alto and ValleyTransportation Authority (VTA) – Congestion Management Program (CMP) guidelines. According to the City of Palo Alto, there are no pending projects or planned projects in theforeseeable future. Therefore, traffic volumes on California Avenue between El CaminoReal and Park Boulevard will remain unchanged with the current land uses. An analysis of intersection Level of Service (LOS), street segment LOS, and intersection queuing wasconducted to determine whether the project would result in any significant adverse impactsunder project conditions with the lane reduction.The intersection LOS analyses show no significant impact from the proposed lanereduction along California Avenue. The roadway segment LOS analyses also show nosignificant impact from the proposed lane reduction along California Avenue. The queuelength and overall operations analysis though did yield several optional improvements tothe City’s proposed conceptual plan line to help improve operations under the proposedtwo-lane condition including:
At California Avenue the existing two-lane to three-lane westbound approach to theEl Camino Real intersection may be maintained to help provide adequate storage

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