Neighbors hope plan to ease traffic near Solano Playlot moves forward

Solano Playlot traffic calming measures approved by Richmond City Council.
Photo courtesy of Solano Playlot

Boyd Avenue in Richmond’s North & East neighborhood might soon become a one-way street for the purpose of protecting Solano Playlot visitors from speeding drivers.

Community members have been calling for a number of traffic calming measures on the strip between Solano Avenue and 38th Street, especially since the adjacent Solano Playlot was renovated in 2012 and became a magnet for parents and children.

Part of the problem is that Boyd Avenue runs diagonally between Solano and 38th. The lack of 90-degree angles at the intersections means drivers aren’t forced to adequately slow down while turning onto Boyd.

To slow drivers, neighbors have called for Boyd Avenue to turn into a one-way southbound street. Additional proposals include bulbouts at the southern corners of Solano and Boyd that would force incoming drivers to apply their brakes while turning, said Joel Camacho, associate civil engineer for the city.

On Thursday, the city’s Public Safety Standing Committee is expected to vote on the proposal. Funding for signage, striping and other work – about $30,000 – has already been budgeted by the Engineering Services Department for fiscal year 2013-2014, Camacho said.

The community seems to fully support the plan, Camacho said. A meeting was held at the Richmond Neighborhood Coordinating Council to discuss the project, and no one showed up to oppose the plan, he said.

Still, on Wednesday the folks at Solano Playlot asked for support from neighbors and park visitors on its Facebook page.


Previously, more than 200 neighbors signed a petition requesting the traffic calming measures. Here’s the letter with specific requests for improvements.


And here is a map centering on Solano Playlot: