Healdsburg Avenue Improvement Project
On Thursday, January 27 the Metropolitan Transportation Commission approved an $11.8 million award to complete a road diet in Healdsburg. The grant-funded project includes the construction of protected bike lanes and pedestrian improvements to transform Healdsburg Avenue from Powell Avenue to the Parkland Farms subdivision, with additional improvements adding bike lanes connecting to the northern city limits.
The scope of this project was developed after a detailed community engagement process, including many public workshops, with additional workshops and outreach conducted specifically for the City’s Spanish-speaking community.
Based on community feedback, the project will reduce the through lanes on Healdsburg Avenue from five lanes to three. The additional space will allow for protected bike lanes with a landscaped buffer to protect and shade the ten-foot-wide bike lanes and sidewalks. The extra-wide bike lanes will also allow for vehicle use in the event of an emergency requiring large-scale evacuation.
The grant award is scheduled to receive formal approval by the California Transportation Commission (CTC) on March 15, 2023. The City is currently in the process of selecting a consultant to finalize the designs. Additional opportunities for public engagement and input will be available throughout the project development process. It is anticipated that underground utility replacements will occur in 2025, with surface improvements beginning in 2026. The anticipated project completion date will be in 2028.
To read the press release, please click here.
Healdsburg Avenue Improvement Study
The Healdsburg Avenue Improvement Study analyzes Healdsburg Avenue from Powell Avenue to the northern city limits for the potential to implement "complete streets" concepts and other streetscape enhancements. Complete streets are planned, designed, operated, and maintained to provide safe and convenient mobility for all users, including, but not limited to, pedestrians of all ages, bicyclists, transit and transit users, passenger and commercial vehicles, and individuals with disabilities.
Together with the residents of Healdsburg, users of Healdsburg Avenue, and business owners in the area, the City of Healdsburg is developing a complete streets and streetscape enhancement plan that will document the community’s vision for improving Healdsburg Avenue. This plan will also give the City a comprehensive perspective from which to make strategic decisions for improving Healdsburg Avenue.
Community Vision & Overarching Streetscape Improvements
A multi-level and meaningful community engagement campaign for the overall vision and goals for Healdsburg Avenue was conducted in 2019 through three key forums of community focus group meetings, online and in-person surveys, and community design workshops. For more information please see the Healdsburg Avenue Vision & Goals Summary.