Project Limits: Along San Miguel Drive between El Mirador and Blackwood Drive in the City of Walnut Creek and between Blackwood Drive and Adeline Drive in unincorporated Contra Costa County
Supervisorial District: 4
Purpose and Need: This project will improve pedestrian safety along San Miguel Drive between El Mirador and Adeline Drive. The lack of pedestrian infrastructure on San Miguel Drive results in pedestrians choosing to either drive to nearby destinations or walk in the roadway adjacent to motor vehicles. San Miguel Drive has an average daily traffic volume of approximately 4,200 vehicles and posted speed of 30 mph. The pavement width is narrow with little shoulder width, which causes students of Las Lomas High School and community members to walk at times in the roadway. Construction of this project will connect community members to major destinations such as the Iron Horse Trail, Kaiser Permanente Medical Center, Las Lomas High School, bus stops, downtown Walnut Creek, and Walnut Creek BART station.
Project Description: Proposed project improvements include constructing a pedestrian path on the south side of San Miguel Drive between El Mirador and Adeline Drive. The pedestrian path will be a sidewalk between El Mirador and Blackwood Drive. The path will transition into an asphalt path with asphalt berms, similar to the improvements installed along Walnut Boulevard in 2014.
CEQA approval: January 2023
Final design completion: Fall 2024
Begin construction: Summer 2025
Funding Sources: Central County Area of Benefit, Transportation Development Act, City of Walnut Creek
Total Project Cost: $1.52 million
Community Outreach: Public Works staff issued an online survey to the Walnut Heights community in August 2022 to determine where active transportation (i.e. non-automobile) improvements should be prioritized. After review of all the online responses, San Miguel Drive was determined to be the next location for such improvements. Residents cited the need to improve safety and accessibility, as there are residents who already traverse along this road. The word cloud below highlights some of the important issues for the community.