I attended one of the Nishi Gateway project planning presentations put on by the city and noticed that on each of the three map plans under consideration, Olive Drive is extended and connected to the main (seems to be a four-lane) road running through the heart of the project area.
Given the size of the project and the number of residents and employees expected there, it certainly seems that the widening and extension of Olive Drive into the project area would place too heavy a traffic burden on the Richards undercrossing and Olive Drive/Richards intersection areas. Isn’t the city, in fact, planning a colossal traffic monster for us?
Why not divert the main car, bus and truck traffic to the other end of the project, off Old Davis Road, for example? That would free up Olive Drive and the Arboretum eastward extension (under development this past year) and the Putah Creek Parkway landscape improvement project (a city project between Olive Drive and the Nishi property and underway this past year, also) for bicycle and pedestrian circulation into campus and downtown? Why not build on (and build up) what we already have?
Isn’t it in the interest of the city to encourage in all ways possible foot and bicycle traffic into the downtown and onto campus? Shouldn’t we be doing everything possible to not create car, bus and truck bottlenecks at the city’s front door? Shouldn’t the city do its planning with a real shot at Measure J/R approval in mind?