Angela Swartz/Daily Journal
The new Broadway Interchange in Burlingame is expected to be completed in the next two to three years.
A $75 million remodel of the Broadway interchange at Highway 101 in Burlingame that’s been years in the making was set into motion by the City Council at Monday night’s meeting.
The council approved the consent item allowing Mayor Ann Keighran to execute an agreement between the city, Caltrans and the San Mateo County Transportation Authority to begin construction on the freeway interchange. The reconstruction will replace the existing bridge between Rollins Road and Old Bayshore Highway, with a new structure to simplify the road. The structure will range from six to eight lanes, depending on the portion of the bridge since some lanes drop off because of left turn only lanes. This will be slightly to the north of the existing structure.
Other major components of the project include the reconstruction of the Monte Diablo pedestrian/bicycle overcrossing to provide sufficient clearance between the columns for the auxiliary lanes; construction of a new Broadway pedestrian/bicycle overcrossing south of the existing Broadway interchange; the reconstruction of the Peninsula Avenue overcrossing to provide sufficient clearance between the columns for the proposed auxiliary lanes; and the construction of retaining and sound walls at specific locations, LED lights, pedestrian lighting and landscaping.
The current four-land Broadway interchange was built in 1947, making it the oldest intersection along the San Mateo County Peninsula region, according to a city staff report.
A redesign of the space has been in the works for a number of years.
Ross Bruce, president of the Broadway Merchants Association, is glad the interchange is being improved. He’s also pleased construction won’t likely affect the businesses of Broadway because the original on-ramp will be preserved during construction of the new on-ramp. The old interchange will be removed during one night.
“The way it’s evolved, it’s not intuitive. It’s counterintuitive,” Bruce said. “For those poor souls who just rented a Hertz car and are out sightseeing, you can end up in unexpected places while taking it.”
Keighran noted people won’t have to divert to any other city to get on the freeway during the construction.
Syed Murtuza, director of public works, said a construction schedule hasn’t been set up yet but the project will take about two to three years from inception to completion. Construction is scheduled to begin in early summer 2014 with completion anticipated for 2016.
“For those of us that have lived here many, many years, we understand the interchange,” said Councilman Jerry Deal. “For everyone else, it’s like going through a maze. In order for us to built more industry and businesses, we need to improve the interchange so people can get to the businesses.”
Right now, Deal notes that the interchange is backlogged with traffic and that the bridge is old and needs both aesthetic and seismic upgrades. Councilwoman Terry Nagel said the remodel will allow for a much safer intersection.
Construction costs are set at $60 million. The city of Burlingame is putting $5 million into the project, while the 1988 Measure A funds will pay for $32.3 million of the project. State Transportation Improvement Program money will provide another $19 million in funds and federal funds from Congestion Management & Air Quality Program will contribute $3.6 million.
Caltrans is currently reviewing the project design and final approval is anticipated by the end of fall 2013.
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