EL CERRITO -- A community meeting on safety improvements being planned for the area of Arlington Boulevard near Madera Elementary School will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room at the school, 8500 Madera Drive. The route is busy during peak hours, used by commuters and also serving Madera Elementary and Arlington Park.
Staff from the Public Works Department will explain reasons for the project, changes being planned for the stretch of Arlington between Madera and Brewster drives and the schedule for construction, set to start later this month. Officials are also seeking input about traffic circulation at the school in the morning and afternoon.
The project is intended to create safer conditions for students walking to Madera Elementary and also for other pedestrians.
Steps being planned include installing curb extensions at the uncontrolled crosswalks on Arlington Drive at Madera and Brewster drives; flashing lights in the crosswalk activated by devices; signs with rectangular flashing beacons to warn drivers; and flashing beacons and warning signs for the crosswalk at Madera Drive.
The city also plans to install accessibility ramps at both intersections.
Work is scheduled to start Monday, with construction from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. weekdays through Feb. 22. When Madera Elementary School is not in session, working hours will be 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Residents in the area will be notified at least two days in advance about parking restrictions.
The project, which is fully funded by a federal Safe Routes to School grant, has a budget of $230,470 for construction and design, according to city Engineering Manager Yvetteh Ortiz.
For details about the project, contact Ortiz at 510-215-4345.