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Expressway Plan 2040 Study

Published on: 8/27/2015 10:04 AM
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Expressway Plan 2040 is the successor to the   2003 Comprehensive County Expressway Planning Study   and the   2008 Updates.   The 2003 Study developed and documented consensus for capacity and operational enhancements, pedestrian and bicycle facilities, sound walls, and landscaping.  The Study also addressed expressway maintenance and operational needs.  In 2008, the   Santa Teresa Boulevard-Hale Avenue Corridor   in South County was added to the Study. 

For additional facts about the project, please review the  Expressway Plan 2040 Information SheetExpressway Plan 2040 takes 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 any necessary policy changes, and revise funding requirements and implementation strategies.

Expressway Plan 2040 is expected to be completed by end of 2015.   

Expressway System Maps

A general overview of the expressway system is depicted in the maps below. Click on the image to see an enlarged version of the existing conditions (2013), scenario year 2025 No Build conditions, and scenario of year 2025 conditions with improvements proposed.             

Existing Conditions

2025 No-Build Conditions

2025 Conditions with






The Expressway Plan 2040 Policy Advisory BoardThe Expressway Plan 2040 project is guided by a Policy Advisory Board (PAB) consisting of two County Supervisors, one council member per participating city, two members of VTA's Board of Directors, and two members of the County Roads Commission. Please follow the PAB link to more information. 

The next Policy Advisory Board meeting is Monday, August 31, 2015 at 4:30 p.m. 
Meeting agenda: here.
COMMUNITY OUTREACH EVENTS AND NEWS Please click here for details and summaries about previous community meetings.


The project team has been working closely with city, Caltrans, and VTA staff for input on the technical analysis, including concepts to illustrate potential project configurations. The concepts are planning level drawings (not design level) to determine technical feasibility, potential right-of-way impacts, a cost estimate for the Plan list, and community acceptability. These concepts are an exercise to determine if the project is feasible and has support to be listed in the Expressway Plan 2040. They are not intended to determine the preferred or recommended configuration of the improvement. The final project design will be determined through a project-level alternatives analysis and environmental review when the project receives funding. 


  • Notice of Preparation for an Environmental Document The County of Santa Clara is preparing a Program Environmental Impact Report (Program EIR) for the Santa Clara County General Plan Circulation and Mobility Element Update. The Circulation and Mobility Element Update will include policies to support and implement improvements to the County Expressways and County Unincorporated Road System. The Notice of Preparation includes the project location and description, a brief summary of the potential environmental impacts, and instructions for submitting written comments on the scope and content of the environmental information to be discussed in the Program EIR. A Public Scoping Session to solicit comments for the Notice of Preparation was held at the Isaac Newton Center Auditorium, County Government Center, 70 West Hedding Street, San Jose, CA on Thursday, June 19 from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  •  Comment Letters Received In response to NOP Per state law and in accordance with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), the comment period on the Notice of Preparation were due 30 days from the receipt of the posting, May 27, 2014. The attached comments were received within the 30 day notice of June 30, 2014.

The Expressway Plan 2040  FACT SHEETS and System Maps  include the current characteristics, conditions, vision statement and accomplishments.  


Select the following link for details about project documents and history.