Old (Kind of Ugly) County Road to Get Facelift

Long considered unsightly and downright pedestrian unfriendly, Old County Road and East San Carlos Avenue are destined for some major improvements.

San Carlos City Mayor Andy Klein says, historically, the residents of East San Carlos have felt they’ve been ignored by City Hall.  “This is a huge step in rectifying that belief,” he said, adding the project will help connect both sides of town.

Klein and other City Hall staffers were out in force Thursday at Hot Harvest Nights, spreading the word about the project, newly dubbed “Eastside Connect.”

Community Development Director (& Acting Public Works Director) Al Savay says the original title of “East Side Community/Transit Connectivity Project” was just too long and complicated to remember.

Eastside Connect has nothing to do with Transit Village, a vast development plan hatched by Sam Trans for the thin strip of land flanking both sides of the historic depot, one that involves housing, retail and office space.  (Transit Village is still in the planning phase, but residents of East San Carlos are plenty worried about how such a massive redevelopment project would impact their daily quality of life, not to mention property values.)

The city’s website – which details East Side Connect – says significant improvements to Old County Road and San Carlos Ave. are needed, “to make them more safe and liveable for east San Carlos residents and businesses,” due in large part to the lack of continuous sidewalks.

East Side Connect is funded by a $2.2 million grant from the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, with an additional $554,162 coming from multiple sources.

Improvements will include wider, continuous sidewalks, decorative pavements at crosswalks, new trees along the streets, energy-efficient/decorative street lamps, a bicycle boulevard on East San Carlos Ave., including a new traffic signal at Industrial Rd.

The City of San Carlos – along with Callander Associates chosen to design the project and manage construction – will hold an East Side Connect Community Open House at Laureola Community Center on July 30th between 10am-2pm.

 

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