City of Arcata press release
Come to the Old Arcata Road Transportation Design Workshops
Bayside and Sunny Brae are vibrant communities, yet walking, bicycling or driving on Old Arcata Road can be a challenge, especially at busy times of day. The City of Arcata is hosting a series of workshops to hear community members’ concerns, ideas and preferences to improve Old Arcata Road for all users from Buttermilk Lane to Jacoby Creek Road. Based on ideas from the Bayside community, the city and a local team of planners and engineers will develop several alternatives for roadway improvements or maintenance for existing infrastructure. The City has started this process for Old Arcata Road with a blank slate, so neighbors and community members can fully shape the outcome.
Community members are warmly welcomed to attend any and all of the multiple workshops this fall and take an active role in the design process for Old Arcata Road. Engineering Department staff will ask people to identify the strengths and challenges of traveling on Old Arcata Road and to help design potential solutions.
A kick-off community workshop will be held on Monday, September 12 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the Bayside Grange. The workshop will focus on understanding the current assets and challenges along Old Arcata Road through Bayside and identifying design ideas that could be a good fit for the neighborhood.
People are invited to come to a walkability assessment field trip on Monday, September 26 from 1 to 4:30 p.m. starting at Jacoby Creek School. The walk is a group observation opportunity and a chance to experience firsthand the conditions for walking, biking and arriving at school along Old Arcata Road. Concerns and ideas about traveling the road will be more easily apparent. Parking is limited for the walkability assessment, so please consider walking or biking to the event or parking on a side street.
After these first workshops, the project team will develop several design concepts based on the community input. Community members can check out the design alternatives and give feedback at a community open house on Wednesday, October 19 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Bayside Grange. Each of these family-friendly events will have an activity station for kids or involve youth directly.
If you can’t make it to an in-person event or you would like more information, visit www.cityofarcata.org or contact Netra at the City of Arcata at (707) 825-2173 or [email protected]