Fremont Blvd Intersection Safety Improvements Project (Mowry Ave and Stevenson Blvd)
The Fremont Boulevard Intersection Safety Improvements Project will construct protected intersection improvements at the Fremont Boulevard/Mowry Avenue and Fremont Boulevard/Stevenson Boulevard intersections. The purpose of the project is to improve safety and multimodal access at two key intersections in Fremont’s Downtown Area.
The project is funded by a Federal Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant that the City secured through a statewide competitive application process in 2016. The HSIP grant specifically funds projects that address documented safety issues and have a high ratio of safety benefits relative to the project cost. Between 2011 and 2015, the Fremont Boulevard/Stevenson Boulevard intersection had two injury crashes and one fatal crash, all three of which involved a bicyclist or a pedestrian. Over the same period, the Fremont Boulevard/Mowry Avenue intersection had eight injury crashes, all of which involved bicyclists or pedestrians.
In addition, the project will improve the comfort of biking and walking at two intersections that have among the highest bicycle and pedestrian activities in the City. According to counts collected by the City in 2019, the Fremont Boulevard/Mowry Avenue intersection had 208 daily bicyclists crossing and 1,487 daily pedestrian crossings, making it the third-highest bike crossing and second-highest pedestrian crossing intersection out of 40 intersections studied. Similarly, the Fremont Boulevard/Stevenson Boulevard intersection saw 200 daily bicyclist crossings (fourth highest out of 40) and 320 daily pedestrian crossings. The high volumes of bicyclists and pedestrians at the two intersections reflect the fact that these intersections are ideally located near a number of major trip generators, connecting residents to shopping, dining, Washington High School, high-density housing, and the nearby Fremont BART Station.
The Fremont Boulevard Intersection Safety Improvement Project directly supports the vision and goals set by the City’s Mobility Action Plan and the Vision Zero Action Plan, which call for transportation investments to reduce the potential for fatal or severe injury crashes, while improving comfort and accessibility for alternative transportation modes like walking, bicycling, and taking transit.
The Fremont Boulevard Intersection Safety Improvements Project consists of reconfiguring the intersection layout to enhance overall safety for pedestrians, bicyclists, and drivers, as well as the installation of a new, upgraded traffic signal system. The specific elements of the project include:
- Reconfiguring the intersection to remove right-turn slip lanes and construct a protected intersection. Protected intersections improve overall safety for all users by enhancing driver sightlines, slowing speeds of turning vehicles, and eliminating conflict points between bicyclists, pedestrians, and turning vehicles.
- Replacing the existing traffic signal with an upgraded, modern traffic signal system to improve overall traffic detection, signal operation, and signal reliability.
- Installing high visibility crossings for bicyclists and pedestrians.
- Modifying portions of the median islands and realigning the traffic lanes to provide a better approach to driving through the intersection.
- Installing enhanced safety lighting at the intersections to improve nighttime visibility and safety.
Project construction is currently underway and is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2021, weather permitting.
Construction Traffic Impacts
A minimum of two traffic lanes in each direction will be kept open at all times to the extent possible. In general, most of the construction work will take place Monday through Thursday between the hours of 7:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. and 7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. on Fridays.
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