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NEWS:

Ralston Ave. & Tahoe Drive Traffic Signal Activation

Post Date:08/08/2019 1:41 PM

CONTACT: (650) 595-7425
1 Twin Pines Lane, Belmont, CA  94002
Belmont Public Works, www.belmont.gov
pworks@belmont.gov 

The new traffic signal at Ralston Avenue and Tahoe Drive is scheduled to be turned on (flashing red), Friday August 9th. The signal is expected to be fully operational by Tuesday, August 13th.  Prior to being fully activated on August 13th, the intersection will operate as an all-way stop to allow the motoring public to get accustomed to the new traffic pattern changes and allow the crews to safely observe and ensure the operations of the signal system. Travelers through this area should anticipate delays during this signal activation and testing phase and should plan accordingly. The signal will improve overall safety for motorists and pedestrians while allowing for better traffic flow and operational efficiency at the intersection and at Ralston Middle School Driveway Entrance.

The public should take note of the new striping at this intersection and the Ralston Middle School driveway entrance, in addition to the City’s sigimplementation of its first ever signal display change taking effect on August 13th, which will allow for more efficient school drop-off/pick-up, pedestrian and car travel through this area. The new traffic signal display will provide a safer, more efficient left turn into the middle school campus.  The flashing yellow arrow indication provides a more direct message than the traditional circular green indication for turns. It reduces confusion because the turn lane display is no longer the same indication as the adjacent through lanes. City urges motorists to use caution when traveling through this intersection until they become familiar with the new operations. For more information regarding the new signal operation please visit www.belmont.gov/flashingyellow

As part of the signal commissioning the City has planned this intersection to be fully integrated into its Ralston Corridor Traffic Signal Arterial Synchronization to ensure this intersection operates efficiently with traffic-responsive timing, and coordination with other nearby signalized intersections. The intersection level of service (LOS) is anticipated to improve from the existing uncontrolled driveway and stop control, to signalized LOS A and B, depending on the peak hour volumes and direction of the travel.

About the Project

The Ralston Avenue Corridor Study and Improvements Project is a Belmont City Council Priority. The City Council through the priority setting process acknowledged the need for a context-sensitive redesign of the Ralston Corridor to not only improve service for existing users, but to also effectuate a preferred future. Since the approval of the Plan, several projects are underway or have been completed. To learn more about these projects please visit the public-works/transportation/ralston-corridor-study webpage.

The Belmont Redwood Shores School District, in collaboration with the City of Belmont, funded and constructed this project as an off-site mitigation as part of the Ralston Middle School’s expansion project. Improvements are intended to ease traffic congestion during school drop-off and pick-up, improve pedestrian walkways, and enhance public safety through signalization and signage.

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