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Planning Board: Improving Posey Tube Traffic

Also on Monday's agenda: public hearings on the draft housing element plan and new shopping center signs for Alameda Landing.

The Alameda Planning Board will glimpse into the future Monday to plan for the city's housing needs and improvingt traffic flow.

The agenda for the June 11 meeting includes:

  • A discussion of the proposed improvements to ease congestion between the Webster and Posey Tubes linking Alameda and Oakland. A traffic analysis at the 7th Street and Harrison Street intersection suggests that the congestion will continue to worsen if left unaddressed. Suggested improvements include a new transit center at Alameda Point with a Bus Rapid Transit line to 12th Street BART, new bike lanes and improved pedestrian access along Ralph Appezatto Memorial Parkway, the relocation and addition of I-880 on- and off-ramps, and a Park and Ride facility at Mariner Square Drive near the Posey Tube entrance.
  • A public hearing to consider changes to the Housing Element of the General Plan. Housing element law requires local governments to provide opportunities for housing development and make plans to meet the existing and projected housing needs of all economic segments of the community. Cities are penalized if they fail to meet the deadline to adopt a housing element plan. Staff are proposing a number of changes to the draft, as listed in the memorandum for Item 9-A.
  • A public hearing to consider a freestanding sign program at Alameda Landing, designed to advertise the shopping center and new retail stores. Staff is recommending the use of "story poles" — poles that would be erected to show the height of the two tallest proposed signs on Mariner Square Loop and Stargell Avenue.
  • An update on the 1700 Construction Project. Two buildings are under construction, and city staff are working with developers to correct inconsistencies between the plans and the actual construction, including missing tower elements, exposed expansion joints, placement of windows, and building colors.

The Alameda Planning Board will meet Monday, June 11 at 7 p.m. in the , 2263 Santa Clara Ave. The complete agenda and related staff reports are available on the City of Alameda website.

Carol Parker June 11, 2012 at 06:55 PM
Having been rear-ended in the tube a number of years ago - near the exit into Oakland - when cars suddenly bunched up and came to a sudden stop, I can tell you cars drive too fast and do not leave enough room between cars. The woman behind me was going to fast and following too close. She was distracted lighting a cigarette, she admitted, and didn't see everyone's brake lights come on. I was injured and she was too. I now put my emergency flashers on when I see traffic bunching up ahead of me in the tube to warn people traffic is at a standstill ahead. People don't seem to understand that the right hand lane backs up with people turning right at a light after they exit the tube. You have to drive defensively, particularly in that spot.
Jon Spangler June 12, 2012 at 12:05 AM
I had a similar experience last year. One of the goals of the Broadway-Jackson Interchange Project is to reduce those kinds of backups and collisions.
Ken Harrison June 12, 2012 at 05:12 AM
Will the Oakland Police ever stop the damnable double parking on Webster and its cross streets? Talk about "entitlement." Those Oakland residents and businesses seem to feel that they are entitled to park where they wish, when they wish, and to hell with anyone who might be inconvenienced by their arrogance (or stupidity).
a94501er June 12, 2012 at 06:27 PM
Vigi, another dumb comment. It is only a question of time before somebody gets injured badly at Webster/Stargell as traffic from Webster often run the light.
alameda vigilante June 12, 2012 at 07:49 PM
No, Jon & a94501[AJL]er:I support taking responsiblilty for one's own driving, not having it legislated for me. Poking along at 35 in the tube is also a problem which could cause accidents. In 50 yrs, I take "only a matter of time" warnings with a huge grain of salt. BTW, Jon, I almost got hit [again] by a wrong-way cyclist in the Bike Lane on Grand. When will the APD start ticketing cyclists for this?

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