Street Design Toolbox
The Grand Boulevard Initiative announces the launch of the online Street Design Toolbox, based on the 2010 Grand Boulevard Multimodal Transportation Corridor Plan. The Toolbox contains the guidance from the Corridor Plan in a more user-friendly online format, including the Street Design Guidelines, Street Design Prototypes, and a Caltrans Design Guideline Matrix. The Street Design Guidelines promote the basic elements of the Grand Boulevard vision, while remaining consistent with Caltrans and regional agency standards. They encourage multimodal access and a boulevard street environment, and are intended to spur locally-initiated street improvement projects.
Examples of the design issues addressed on the site include median design, pedestrian crossings, bicycle facilities, and stormwater management. These design elements are also illustrated in 5 different Prototypes, which illustrate possibilities for combining the Design Guidelines to create multimodal streets that fulfill local community and Grand Boulevard Initiative objectives. The prototypes portray existing conditions, conceptual designs that meet Caltrans standards, and configurations requiring design exceptions. The third component of the Design Toolbox is a comprehensive list of 34 different design issues commonly faced by communities seeking to transform El Camino Real, along with relevant Caltrans standards, local community issues related to these design standards, and the requirements for a Caltrans design exception. Together, these elements provide a collection of strategies and design typologies to implement the Grand Boulevard vision within the context of a State highway and in a manner that best suits the needs and desires of local jurisdictions.