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IMG_0043.JPGThe planning process for this project that aims at improving safety on Poplar, from US101 to Humboldt, will span several months.

We hope you can join us for our workshops and public input sessions.

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Previous Community Workshops/Public Works Commission Meetings
 May 22, 2014: Open House Informational Meeting

The City of San Mateo held an Open House Informational Meeting to present the conceptual designs for the Poplar Avenue Traffic Safety Improvement Project. The designs were based on community input received at the workshop held in February 2014.  The Open House included an update on the status of the project and allowed community members to view the preliminary design plans for both the Humboldt and Poplar corridors.

February 13, 2014: Community Workshop #4
A community workshop was held by the City of San Mateo to provide input on conceptual plans for the Poplar Avenue Traffic Safety Improvement Project. The meeting was an opportunity for community members to weigh in on the median design for Poplar Ave, as well as traffic calming measures for Humboldt Street.
Based on individual table discussions, as well as group and written comments, preliminary design drawings will be drafted and presented at a future public meeting.
Tuesday, September 4, 2012: City Council Study Session
At the September 4, 2012 City Council Study Session, staff presented the revised property impacts associated with “Southbound ramps at Peninsula Avenue using tight diamond design." Council approved the further study of this option; a project study report will be performed. Learn more:
Wednesday, August 29, 2012: Open House Prior to City Council Study Session
Prior to the September 4th City Council Study Session (please see below), the project team hosted a drop-in session where staff updated small groups on the project background and the current tight diamond evaluation.  
Monday, March 19, 2012: City Council Study Session 
The Public Works team presented the back-ground on the public process, updated traffic report, and the three resulting viable options.
  • Option 2A: Installation of a median on Poplar Avenue
  • Option 6: Closure of Poplar off-ramp while maintaining on-ramp
  • Option 15: Southbound ramps at Peninsula Avenue using tight diamond design
The City of San Mateo’s City Council directed staff to proceed with the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) analysis of Option 2A and voted unanimously not to pursue Option 6. Council also directed staff to re-evaluate Option 15 to see if this concept could be built with no property impacts to adjacent businesses and apartment complex.
Monday, March 5, 2012: Presentation to Burlingame City Council
The Public Works team presented the back-ground on the public process, updated traffic report, and the three resulting viable options.
  • Option 2A: Installation of a median on Poplar Avenue
  • Option 6: Closure of Poplar off-ramp while maintaining on-ramp
  • Option 15: Southbound ramps at Peninsula Avenue using tight diamond design
The City of Burlingame City Council voiced their support of Option 2A and Option 6.
November 9, 2011: Public Works Commission Meeting
The Public Works team reported the various views of Workshop 3 participants and the trade-offs of each option to the Public Works Commission (PWC). After hearing public comment, the PWC determined they will recommend to City Council that environmental reviews be conducted for the following options:

“Option 2A”: Center Median along Poplar through Idaho with Left-turn Access at Amphlett
“Option 6”: Closure of Poplar Off-Ramp while Maintaining On-Ramp   
October 19, 2011: Community Workshop #3
Staff provided graphics of the remaining options identified by Workshop 2's participants as most viable.
 A presentation was provided and small groups discussed the three remaining options:
  • Option 2A: Installation of a Median on Poplar Avenue
  • Option 6: Closure of Poplar Off-Ramp while Maintaining On-Ramp
  • Option 15: Southbound Ramps at Peninsula Avenue using tight diamond design
Based on the group’s input, there was no consensus on one clear single option.  
June 8, 2011: Public Works Commission Meeting
Staff provided a workshop recap to the Public Works Commission. Highlights:

  • The Public Works Department conducted a community workshop on May 18, 2011 to review the updated project traffic study with the public and discuss viable project options for consideration
  • The community provided feedback on the viable project options presented
  • The community also asked that additional information be provided on the project options
  • The Public Works Commission will receive an update on the workshop and provide necessary feedback on the project’s progress
     
  • Administrative Report (PDF)
  • Presentation (PDF)
  • PWC June 8, 2011 Agenda
May 18, 2011: Community Workshop #2
Review of Traffic Report and the various project options and their impacts
September 8, 2010: Public Works Commission Meeting
At the Public Works Commission on September 8, 2010, staff, the community and commissioners reviewed a list of project options to be evaluated for further study. Thanks to community members and our Public Works Commission, the list of options to further study for traffic impacts is comprehensive. 
July 14, 2010: Public Works Commission Meeting
At the July 14th Public Works Commission meeting, staff shared a project objectives list that is based on our discussion at the May 20th community workshop.
May 20, 2010: Community Workshop #1
Approximately 40 of your neighbors attended the first community workshop at the Main Library. Working in small groups, residents discussed additional project stakeholders, voiced interests, offered their input on existing ideas and presented new options to explore. You will find information about this meeting below. 
February 11, 2010: Public Works Commission Meeting
On Wednesday, February 11, 2010, the Public Works (PW) project team presented their proposed community engagement process to the Public Works Commission. After hearing from several of our invested community members, the Commission gave the PW team the “thumbs up” on planning the first community workshop.

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