With work just getting started on improvements to the pick-up, drop-off area outside BART Station, building on another project related to the transit depot is about to begin.
Last week, Richmond City Council gave the green light for major street enhancements along Nevin Avenue between 19th and 27th streets.
“Utility relocation should start any week now,” said Chad Smalley, project manager with the city.
The improvements are part of the long-awaited Nevin Avenue Pedestrian Improvement Project, which intends to create a safe and more scenic route for bicyclists, pedestrians and drivers between BART station and Civic Center Plaza.
The other portion of the project that covers Nevin between 19th Street and BART is out to bid. All bids are due May 7, Smalley said. The project was designed by Vallier Design Associates, Inc., which provided the related images in this post.
The plans, made possible with mostly federal funds, includes eight blocks along Nevin from Civic Center with wider sidewalks, bicycle lanes, 100 trees and other landscaping, a traffic circle, crosswalks with pedestrian flashers and improved lighting for nighttime travel.
City officials say the improvements will encourage more bike and foot travel along the thoroughfare.
“It only takes eight minutes to walk from here [the Civic Center] to BART,” Smalley told the Richmond Confidential in October. “But nobody does it. This will fix that.”