Old Arcata Road is a significant route to Bayside and Sunny Brae. Sunny Brae Middle School, Jacoby Creek Elementary School and the Bayside Post Office are located here but limited walking and bicycling facilities can make Old Arcata Road challenging for all to travel.
The City hosted a series of workshops to hear the community's concerns and gather ideas for improving Old Arcata Road for all users from Buttermilk Lane to Jacoby Creek Road.
Based on the Bayside community's ideas, the City and a team of local planners and engineers developed alternatives for roadway rehabilitation and safety and traffic flow improvements.
The City started the Old Arcata Road's redesign process with a blank slate so Old Arcata Road neighbors and community members could fully shape the outcome.
Let Us Know What You Think
Kick Off Workshop
Walkability Field Trip
Pop Up Demo
Learn about the project and let's start talking.
There's no substitute for seeing things firsthand. Walk Old Arcata Road with us and give us input.
Watch for potential design improvement mock ups on Old Arcata Road.
The Old Arcata Road Design project team presented project updates at the November 15, 2016, Transportation Safety Committee meeting and the November 16, 2016, Arcata City Council meeting.
The design phase of the Old Arcata Road Improvement Project will be complete by the end of 2016. Implementation of any improvements the community helps select through this process could potentially take several years, depending on future funding.
The Old Arcata Road Design Project's September 26 Walk Audit took place at Jacoby Creek School. More than 40 neighborhood residents, parents of youth who attend local schools and other people who regularly travel on Old Arcata Road between Buttermilk Lane and Jacoby Creek Road attended. After a presentation and short discussion, the group walked to the Jacoby Creek Road intersection and experienced the challenges of walking this section of Old Arcata Road. They also observed school dismissal and traffic congestion. The project team observed school arrival on several other occasions to note differences and challenges of morning school drop-off. Participants looked at project area maps, noted concerns, discussed solutions and brainstormed both infrastructure and non-infrastructure opportunities. The City and project team members are developing a number of alternatives based on the input from the walk audit and kick-off workshop earlier in September. These design concepts will be presented at an Open House on October 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bayside Grange, where attendees can ask questions and give feedback about their preferred designs.