Downtown B Street Closures

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Following City Council direction in June 2020, the segments of South B Street between First and Third avenues and the southbound lane between Baldwin and First avenues were temporarily closed to vehicular traffic. The temporary closure was approved to allow for expanded outdoor dining for restaurants during the COVID-19 public health emergency.

City Council extended the temporary closure through December 31, 2021 and is in the process of considering a permanent closure of the segments of B Street between 1st and 2nd Avenue and 2nd and 3rd Avenue through the creation of pedestrian malls. The City Council adopted a Resolution of Intent to create the pedestrian malls on June 21, 2021. A public hearing will be held on this matter on September 20, 2021.

The pedestrian malls will create a pedestrian-only zones and maintain the expanded areas for outdoor dining. The closure would also enable use of the street for special events (i.e., city-sponsored festivals and street fairs). To accommodate the lane closures, a 12-foot fire lane will be maintained in the center of the street for emergency access for public safety vehicles. The fire lane will also be utilized in the mornings to allow for garbage service and deliveries to business located on the effected blocks. Through traffic will still be able to flow east-west on 1st, 2nd, and 3rd Avenues.  

Impacted Areas: 

South B Street between First Avenue and Third Avenue, and the southbound lane between Baldwin Avenue and First Avenue for the temporary street closure. The pedestrian mall, or permanent closure, will be limited to  South B Street between First Avenue and Third Avenue. 

Documentation and Notification:

City Contact:

Kathy Kleinbaum, Assistant City Manager

kkleinbaum@cityofsanmateo.org

(650) 522-7153