Shannon Pedestrian and Bikeway Improvement Project

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Project Background

Shannon Road serves as a major pedestrian corridor for students attending three nearby schools, with the most heavily trafficked portion of this corridor spanning from Los Gatos Boulevard to Cherry Blossom Lane. Much of this corridor is missing sidewalk. The Los Gatos – Monte Sereno Bicycle and Pedestrian Master Plan (BPMP) includes a Town-wide priority to add missing sidewalks along school walking routes such as this, and identifies both bicyclists and pedestrians improvements along the Shannon Road corridor. Pursuant to these goals, the Town applied for, and received, a $940,100 Vehicle Emissions Reductions Based at Schools (VERBS) federal grant from the Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) for the improvements recommended in the Master Plan. 

The current plan for the project is to construct sidewalks and buffered Class II bike lanes on both sides of Shannon Road between Los Gatos Blvd. and Cherry Blossom Lane. The project would involve installation of a new curb, gutter, sidewalk, buffered Class II bike lanes, and ADA curb ramps on Shannon Road within the project limits. The work scope may also include improvements to the storm drainage system.  

The goal of the project is to improve a public street that serves a broad community, making the location safer for all users while retaining the functionality and aesthetics important to the Town.  

Community Meetings

Town Council Meetings

Project Updates

Project Update 2-24-2022 

Staff update to the Town Council for the project has been rescheduled to March 1.  

Revisions have been made to the 65% Design plans from feedback and comments received at the Fourth Community Meeting on January 15.  Planter strips have been lengthened (where possible) for more green space where on-street parking would be located.  The changes can be viewed here:

Project Update 2-1-2022 

On January 15, the fourth community meeting was held in-person on Shannon Road to present the 65% design plans, discuss upcoming project schedule, gather feedback, and walk the site with individual residents to review project impacts.  The meeting was advertised through door hangers, social media outlets, Town website Notify Me updates, and meeting notice signs placed along Shannon Road.  Approximately 36 community members attended the meeting.  

At the meeting, the Shannon Road residents commented again about making the sidewalk and bikeway improvements as narrow as possible and incorporating more planting space to keep the rural feel of the neighborhood.  Staff informed the attendees that the pedestrian and bikeway elements were already narrowed to incorporate additional on-street parking on the south side of Shannon Road and the two-foot planter strips between the property line and sidewalk.  However, staff would further investigate ways to incorporate more planting space if possible.

For next steps, staff is planning to provide a project update to Council on February 15 and complete 95% and 100% construction documents by the summer.  Staff also mentioned that the earliest anticipated construction start on Shannon Road would be fall 2022, and that the project team will continue to work with individual residents along Shannon Road while moving forward with the final design. 

Project Update 1-6-22 - Fourth Community Meeting

On Saturday, January 15, 2022 at 10 am, a fourth community meeting is scheduled to provide design updates to the Shannon Road Residents. This will be an in-person meeting and will be held on site at the driveway of 16639 Shannon Road. Anyone interested in the project is welcome to attend.

Meeting 4 graphic update

Please click on the link below to view the design plan updates to be presented at the meeting:

Project Update 12-17-21

As design consultant moves towards the 65% design, the Town staff would like to and need to engage with individual property owners “on site”.  This will be the point where items such as driveway locations, transitions from the project improvements to the private property, etc. can be discussed.  Town staff will be reaching out individually to schedule these.  The Town is experienced in working on projects alongside private property to ensure that the private property is not damaged or is replaced in kind, and is committed to continuing this success.

Community member input is extremely important in the decision making process.  Additional community meeting and presentation to the Complete Streets and Transportation Commission will be held to obtain feedback before the item goes to the Town Council for their consideration. The plan is to bring the 65% design to the Town Council in February and continue design towards a project that is ready for approval to bid in April.   Both of these will be public meetings where residents are encouraged to participate.

Project Update 11-17-21 - Third Community Meeting

The Town of Los Gatos, Parks and Public Works Department, hosted an on-line community meeting for the Shannon Road Pedestrian and Bikeway Improvement Project, on November 17, 2021. The project team solicited valuable community input regarding the current project design. Please click on the link below to access the PowerPoint presentation that was shared.

Online Survey and November 17 Community Meeting Announcement

On October 19, 2021, the Town Council approved Design Concept 3 (buffered bike lanes) without the green bollards for the Shannon Road Pedestrian and Bikeway Improvement Project. View the Design Concept 3 here:

Before proceeding with the final design, there are few adjustments that can be made to the current design concept.  An online survey is being conducted by the Town to gather feedback from the Shannon Road residents regarding the importance/priorities of certain design elements.  

The online survey is only for the residents residing/abutting Shannon Road between Los Gatos Boulevard and Cherry Blossom Lane. 

 

The online survey is only for the residents residing/abutting Shannon Road between Los Gatos Boulevard and Cherry Blossom Lane. 

Project Update 10-13-21

Town staff is recommending that the Town Council approves Design Concept 3. The Council will consider the recommendations at its meeting on 10/19. The meeting Agenda and Zoom webinar information will be posted on the link below. Community members are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting and provide comments.

https://meetings.municode.com/PublishPage/index?cid=LOSGATOS&ppid=a7cef0f9-a4a2-40e7-a6e3-056a78898413&p=1

At the Complete Street Transportation Commission (CSTC) on 10/14, staff shared the three design conFunded by logo jpg Opens in new windowcepts and received feedback. The CSTC 10/14 meeting agenda and information are posted on the link below:

https://www.losgatosca.gov/AgendaCenter/Complete-Streets-and-Transportation-Comm-25

The project is recommended for a Transportation Fund for Clean Air (TFCA) grant for $174,250, pending final approval.

Conceptual Designs

On October 19, 2021, the Town Council approved Design Concept 3 (buffered bike lanes) without the green bollards for the Shannon Road Pedestrian and Bikeway Improvement Project. 

Before proceeding with the final design, there are few adjustments that can be made to the current design concept.  An online survey was conducted by the Town for the residents residing/abutting Shannon Road between Los Gatos Boulevard and Cherry Blossom Lane to gather their feedback regarding the importance/priorities of certain design elements.