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Roundabout for Lafayette?

Lafayette Circulation Commission to discuss proposal for a new roundabout on the east end of Mt. Diablo Blvd. at this Monday’s meeting.

This Monday, the Lafayette Circulation Commission will discuss a proposed roundabout on Mt. Diablo Blvd.

The proposal for the roundabout is a part of the streetscape improvement project of the east end of Mt. Diablo Blvd. The roundabout would be located at Mount Diablo and Golden Gate Way, close to the sites of two new senior housing developments that the city council recently approved.

In a letter to the Circulation Commission and City Council, Ryan Leong, a representative for one of the developments, said that Merrill Gardens strongly supports the proposed roundabout.

City Manager Steve Falk took a short video of the intersection to show the crossing conditions. The video depicts the difficulty a pedestrian can expect while crossing the uncontrolled crosswalk and the speed at which cars drive down this part of Mt. Diablo, two issues the roundabout will address according to the proposal.

While roundabouts are not common in the area, a roundabout was proposed at the intersection of Saint Mary’s Rd. and Bollinger Canyon Rd. in 2008. Roundabouts have seen some success in Walnut Creek, Berkeley and Petaluma, according to the proposed streetscape staff report.

Some of the project would be funded by a Contra Costa County Transporation Authority grant that was given to Lafayette for $540,000. 

The Circulation Commission will provide feedback to the city council, which will see the proposal in the near future.

The public is invited to attend the meeting to share their opinions about the project on Monday July 9, at 7 p.m. at the

Love Lafayette July 21, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Not at all, but give me one business that is in favor of the medians and roundabout.
Love Lafayette July 21, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Before I go on my morning walk through Lafayette, I thought I should be more specific. Give me one business in the area on Mt. Diablo between First Street and Brown Ave. that is in favor of the roundabout and medians. These are the businesses that will be most affected by not having the ease of ingress and egress from the businesses. It would be like saying that people that do not live on your street want a median that runs in front of your house because as they travel up your street they can enjoy the trees and plants, but now in order to make a lefthand turn into your driveway you must go up two blocks and make a u-turn to come back to your house. I hope all of the affected business owners show up at the August City Council meeting to voice their concerns over the proposed medians and roundabout. The Circulation Commision has no power to determine this matter the City Council can decide to ignore any recomendations the Circulation Commision makes.
gavilan July 21, 2012 at 03:17 PM
For someone about to go on a walk, you certainly seem to have a car-centric point of view. Is it possible that this project might actually result in more people being more willing to walk this area than now, as we see in the vast differences in number of people on the street on the west end (median, ped-friendly, aesthetically pleasing) vs. east end (not) now? More people may well equal more, not less business. I am reminded of the Chinatown Association of Business Owners who vehemently fought the plan to not replace the Embarcadero freeway after the earthquake in '89, saying the lack of easy car access to Chinatown would hurt their businesses. Fortunately for everyone, including those who fought it, a plan won with a more progressive approach to urban spaces, one that shifted the balance between people/bikes/aesthetics and cars away from the failed 1950-60's mentality of "cars rule." The result is a fantastic space (the 'new' Embarcadero) that has spawned all sorts of seen and unforeseen cascading improvements, like the Ferry Building rehab, art spaces like Pier 24, (the list is much, much longer) even the ballpark, from which I walked back from a game along that beautiful stretch of waterfront just last Saturday night, a stretch that I wouldn't of gone near before. I will say that one thing this discussion has done is encouraged me to go to the August City Council Meeting and I urge others to do the same.
bcrane1 July 22, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Someone who gets it, thanks gavilan. the City Council absolutely can decide to ignore or embrace the Circulation Commission recommendations. And in this situation, they would have to do both, as the Circ Comm was not unanimous. At least two commissioners were against the proposal and two others had strong reservations despite lukewarm support for it. And why do these businesses need such immediate ingress and egress. As a society, are we so entitled that making a u-turn to get to our destination in a business corridor is too much. If I'm going to Bo's BBQ, I'd be willing to make a u-turn at Brown. Same for the auto-body, Boswell's, etc. There's a difference between a business corridor and a residential neighborhood. Making this section of Lafayette more inviting to cyclists and pedestrians would be a benefit to the entire community. Plus, we have to keep in mind the new housing developments. The business/commercial landscape in that area will likely change. More restaurants for example. The more people walking, cycling in an area makes it safer for peds/cyclists in addition to making it a more vibrant neighborhood. And just a reminder for anyone planning on attending the City Council meeting for this issue, make sure it's on the agenda before showing up. It's possible this item won't get on the August agenda.
Lacey Deal August 13, 2012 at 10:24 PM
Exactly! Moraga Blvd is becoming a freeway with all the traffic to the schools trying to bypass the congestion through town. This will ruin that little neighborhood.

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