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County Invites Public to Open Houses to Provide Input for Expressway Plan 2040

 
WHAT:
The Santa Clara County Roads and Airports Department is holding open houses throughout Santa Clara County to discuss the County Expressways Improvement Plan (Almaden, Capitol, Central, Foothill, Lawrence, Montague, Page Mill-Oregon, and San Tomas) and the South County Santa Teresa-Hale Corridor. 
 
People may drop in anytime during the open houses to view information about current conditions on the expressways and to share their ideas for what changes or improvements are needed.  All expressways and the Santa Teresa-Hale Corridor will be on display at every open house. 
 
WHEN & WHERE:
Tuesday, January 7, 2014
6:00-8:00 P.M.
Seven Trees Community Center
3590 Cas Drive, San Jose, CA 95111
 
Thursday, January 9, 2014
6:00-8:00 P.M.
West Valley Branch Library
1243 San Tomas Aquino Road, San Jose, CA 95117
 
Tuesday, January 14, 2014
6:00-8:00 P.M.
Valley Transportation Authority (VTA) Auditorium
3331 North First Street, San Jose, CA 95134
 
Thursday, January 16, 2014
6:00-8:00 P.M.
Los Altos Youth Center
1 North San Antonio, Los Altos, CA 94022
 
Thursday, February 13, 2014
6:00-8:00 P.M.
Morgan Hill Community and Cultural Center
17000 Monterey Road, Morgan Hill, CA 95037
(At the February 13 open house in Morgan Hill, County will also present information and take input on future plans for other County roads in the South County area.)
 
BACKGROUND
The County of Santa Clara operates 62 miles of expressways traveling through 11 cities and serving nearly 1.5 million vehicles daily.  Designed to relieve local streets and supplement the freeway system, the eight expressways are:  Almaden Expressway, Capitol Expressway, Central Expressway, Foothill Expressway, Lawrence Expressway, Montague Expressway, Oregon Expressway/Page Mill Road, and San Tomas Expressway.
 
Expressway Plan 2040 is the successor to the 2003 Comprehensive County Expressway Planning Study and its 2008 Update.  The 2003 Comprehensive County Expressway Planning Study developed and documented consensus on potential expressway improvements of all types including capacity and operational enhancements, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, sound walls, and landscaping.  In addition, the Study addressed expressway maintenance and operational needs.  In 2008, the Santa Teresa Blvd-Hale Avenue corridor from Gilroy to north of Morgan Hill was added to the Study.  Expressway Plan 2040 will take a fresh look at the needs of the expressways and the Santa Teresa/Hale Corridor based on city land use plans, projected 2040 traffic growth, and Complete Streets planning.  Expressway Plan 2040 will also identify new challenges and positive developments or opportunities, recommend necessary policy changes, and revise funding requirements and implementation strategies.
 
A collaborative planning process is being used to develop the Expressway Plan 2040, guided by a Policy Advisory Board consisting of two County Supervisors, one council member each from participating cities, two VTA Board of Directors members, and two member of the County Roads Commission.  Expressway Plan 2040 is expected to be completed by June 2015.
 
Members of the public may also provide comments or get more information by visiting www.Expressways.info, sending an e-mail to ExpresswayPlan2040@CountyRoads.org, or calling the project hotline at (408)573-2417.
 
Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Lingxia Meng, Office of Public Affairs (408)299-5119;Dawn Cameron, County Transportation Planner (408)573-2465; Dan Collen, Deputy Director, Infrastructure Development (408)573-2492
Posted: January 2, 2014