Danville begins Railroad Avenue project

Motorists are asked to use caution through work area

Danville's Railroad Avenue Improvement project began this week. The one-year project aims to enhance the Railroad Avenue corridor between Prospect Avenue and School Street by undergrounding utilities as well as installing brick-banded sidewalks, landscaped bulb-outs and antique-style street lights.

Crews have begun marking the location for trenching work necessary to place overhead utility lines underground.

They will also use a portion of the Railroad Avenue municipal parking lot as a staging area for the work, and an area of the parking lot south of the farmers market area has been fenced off for this use.

In addition, northbound traffic on Railroad Avenue has shifted to the center lane for the duration of the work. Motorists are asked to use caution through the work area.

The Railroad Avenue improvements are one of four projects occurring in downtown Danville this year.


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Posted by An
a resident of Danville
on Jun 12, 2014 at 2:30 pm

Can't wait to see the updated look. Thanks for doing this!

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Posted by Louise
a resident of Danville
on Jun 13, 2014 at 8:12 am

Residents will benefit from the improvements hopefully. In the meantime, we will also see how inadequate the parking is in downtown Danville. The building of the new project at the Danville Hotel site and the addition of a new building across from Trader Joe's that includes Sideboard, will only highlight how nearsighted our town council and leaders are when it comes to parking. That expanded new building has no parking! I tried to go to Trader Joe's around noon during week and there was no parking in lot or on street. There are other stores to shop in. Going downtown for a year won't be as nice with less parking due to construction projects.

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Posted by JT
a resident of Danville
on Jun 13, 2014 at 10:25 am

It has grown abjectly typical of our car induced laziness to wantonly desire convenient parking to support the rat-race pace of our own creation.
Instead of complaining about "government" perhaps we can question ourselves as to why we need to park in the Trader Joes parking lot in the first place. Last I looked the Railroad Museum parking lot has spots available. So does the parking lot even closer to Trader Joes at the "Clock" tower. But that would take some walking.
The problem of the Trader Joes parking is more of a making of the property owners and their leasing agents. Take a look at all the businesses there and you can quickly figure out that they are the problem... too much car load to support all of them. So please do stop going to Trader Joe's... a better location for TJ's would be on the east side of Diablo Road where the Fresh and EasaLousy was located.
And I can also say, having a wider experience of other small city locales, Danville has incredible parking resources compared to others. Complaints to the otherwise indicate to me a massively deplorable sense of parking close entitlement

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Posted by grandma
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 13, 2014 at 12:53 pm

Please remember that some of us are not able to walk very far due to age or disability. Just using the Trader Joe's parking lot was very scarey prior to Sideboard's move to their new site. The lot was poorly planned. My family spends more time and money in San Ramon now.

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Posted by JT
a resident of Alamo
on Jun 19, 2014 at 6:37 am

With disability, that is why there are blue marked spaces. With age, I would assume that if it gets to the point, that assisted care is taking care of the basics. Do we ever consider what people did before cars became ubiquitious? And if getting around is a problem due to age, and the person is not working, then picking ones times to shop to avoid crowds is possible. I understand that people need closer spots. The typical parking lot griper is a practioner of the rat race madness. Vote with your feet. The strip mall owner loves the fact that the parking lot is packed. By the way, there is parking in the back but it is reserved for the real estate office workers.

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Posted by Danville Hartz
a resident of Danville
on Jun 19, 2014 at 7:33 am

JT, not everyone is considered "disabled" and may need close proximity parking. It is an issue that our Town Council needs to address when making changes to the mix of downtown. We are not a town with mass transit to support its residents, so parking is a requirement. For some, that means at the business they are supporting. If it isn't available, people drive MORE to locations such as San Ramon with adequate parking. We want people to shop local, drive less and not be pushed away.

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