Townsite "Complete Streets" Design Phase to Begin
The City of Vista received a $4 million grant to build sidewalks, roundabouts, bike lanes and high visibility crosswalks along the Townsite and N. Santa Fe corridors. This "Townsite Complete Streets" will create a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly area. The project area is located along the entire length of Townsite Drive; and on W. Los Angeles Drive between N. Santa Fe Avenue and Waxwing Drive; and on N. Santa Fe Avenue between California Avenue and Bobier Drive.
High visibility crosswalks, green bike lane extensions sidewalks, and two mid-block pedestrian traffic signals on N. Santa Fe Avenue will be included in the project. These elements will create complete streets with calmed traffic, a friendly pedestrian and bicycle environment and links to existing transportations networks and transits. The design phase will begin in the summer, 2019 and the anticipated construction completion will be in December, 2022.
In 2018, the City of Vista submitted a grant for the entire length of Townsite Drive and other streets and held community workshops to gather input on safe pedestrian access. The State received over 550 applications and the City of Vista was one of 45 applicants that received the Active Transportation Program funding. As the project moves forwards, more information will be posted.
The purpose is to improve the Townsite Drive and N. Santa Fe Avenue corridors in order to create a more pedestrian and bicycle friendly environment, improve traffic safety, reduce vehicle speeds, and improve access to schools and public transportation.
- High-visibility pedestrian crosswalks built at signalized intersections and two mid-block pedestrian traffic signals on N. Santa Fe Avenue for safe pedestrian crossing;
- Roundabouts added at W. Los Angeles Drive, El Pico Court, Avenida de Benito Juarez, and Willpott Place to reduce vehicle speeding;
- Five-foot bike lanes with three-foot buffers, green transitional bike lanes and sharrows added along bike routes to provide greater visibility for cyclists, while providing additional warning to drivers that cyclists may be present;
- Total of 19 new crosswalk locations to better serve the residents and students using these corridors;
- New wider sidewalks built to improve pedestrian access. Curb extensions added to shorten the crossing distance and allow more space to stand while waiting to cross the street.