Arcata City Council will discuss long-planned safety improvements for the old Arcata road; Construction of the project is expected to start in 2022 | Lost Coast Outpost


Rendered shots of a new roundabout at Old Arcata and Jacoby Creek Roads | Images of the city of Arcata

For years, the town of Arcata has been planning to make the necessary safety upgrades for the cracked, bumpy, and not really suitable for pedestrian or cyclist parts of the Old Arcata route. Arcata City Council will receive an update on this long-planned project at tonight’s meeting.

Improvements are proposed for the approximately one-mile portion of Old Arcata Road – starting at the end of Samoa Boulevard and extending just past Jacoby Creek Road – and will include repaving the roadway, adding bike lanes and extension of sidewalks. The project also includes plans to build a new roundabout at the intersection of Jacoby Creek Road, along with pedestrian crossings, paved walkways, additional lighting and signs connected to the roundabout. The majority of the project area is located within the city limits of Arcata, but a small part falls under the jurisdiction of the county.

Map of the project area

After some citizens complained about the previously proposed plans in 2012, Arcata City Engineering Netra Khatri told the Outpost, the City decided to take a different approach and ultimately contracted SHN consulting engineers to help prepare a “community-based plan”. The consultant and the City organized several community meetings and used the feedback to redesign the project.

Plans recently had to change again, said Arcata community director David Loya Outpost, after a member of the public, Kathleen Stanton, challenged the city’s historic resources report for the mitigated negative statement – a statement filed when planners determine that a project will not have significant environmental impacts. Stanton, a historical research consultant, says in a letter to the City that the report, which identified only seven historic sites in the project area, is “woefully insufficient” and that no field study has been carried out. conducted in an attempt to identify potential historical resources.

“By narrowly defining the project area, without surveying the area on foot and having no historical context to guide the identification or appraisal of previously unregistered properties, the consultants missed many historically significant buildings and sites and eligible in the historic logging and farming community of Bayside. Stanton writes in his commentary to the City.

The City will now have to write a full Environmental Impact Report (EIR), which will add more time to the process. Once the EIR is completed, it will then be released for a 30-day public comment period and eventually return to the board for approval. After that, the City will complete the design and approval process. If all is well, Khatri told the Outpost, construction of the project is expected to begin in the summer of 2022.

Khatri encouraged members of the public to attend tonight’s meeting to express their support or concerns about the project, or email [email protected], and said he was looking forward to completing this project. if necessary.

“The improvements to Old Arcata Road have been on our books for a long time,” Khatri mentionned. “Improvements are essential. [The road] is not in very good condition and it is an alternative to the 101, which makes it even more critical. ”

Arcata city council meets practically this evening at 6 p.m. You can view the full meeting schedule and instructions for attending.

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