FAQS

BACKGROUND

Caltrans has been working with the local community for years, and our collaboration with the City of Burlingame and Task Force has renewed our shared commitment to the issues on El Camino Real (ECR). The Task Force provided recommendations, and Caltrans has now secured funding for Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) improvements and roadway rehabilitation. Issues that have prompted this project include: poor pavement condition, potholes, poor drainage, impaired sight distance, uneven sidewalks, and crosswalks in need of upgrades. The last work completed on this corridor was in 2004. No complete rehabilitation has been done, ever.

Caltrans has a project development process that must be followed. The approximate time frame is usually six years: two years for each phase, although this can vary significantly, depending on the project. Please check our website for updates.

About $100M has been set aside for this roadway renewal project. This does NOT include undergrounding utilities.
The funding comes from SHOPP, the Caltrans State Highway Operations Preservation Program (or “fix it first” program).

COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT

Caltrans has been working with the community through city officials, the community Task Force and various stakeholder groups to identify issues and deficiencies, and develop a project that will make the corridor safe, accessible and beautiful.
Patching potholes is not sustainable because of underlying causes that exist beneath the surface of the street in the sublayers of this roadway.

PROJECT SCOPE

Pedestrian crossing upgrades will include high visibility crosswalk pavement marking, yield signage and high visibility yield pavement marking. Curb ramps will be upgraded where they do not currently meet ADA standards. Many locations will receive Accessible Pedestrian Signal and countdown pedestrian signal systems. Push button Rapid Rectangular Flashing Beacons are also being considered at un-signalized crossings. Designers will work with traffic safety experts and City Staff to determine the optimal locations for the above features.
El Camino Real within the project limits is not identified in any of the local Bicycle and Pedestrian Plans or the Caltrans District 4 Bike Plan as a bicycle route. Bike lanes are not included as an element in this project, however, as part of our environmental process, we will study local bike plans and ensure our improvements are consistent and supportive of them.

TREES

Yes. Caltrans has worked with the Burlingame Historical Society for many years and will continue to work with this group to develop a plan for this historic resource.

DRAINAGE

Deficiencies in drainage infrastructure contribute to flooding during rain events. We will be addressing those deficiencies during this project. As this project is limited to the Caltrans right of way, we will be constrained in our ability to address flooding on El Camino Real caused by excessive runoff from areas upstream of ECR. We welcome comments on flooding and will be investigating this more as we move forward in project development.

CONSTRUCTION

Construction will be done in stages and that plan will be developed at a later phase. We will be developing a Transportation Management Plan with input from city officials and emergency providers and other stakeholders. Access to businesses and residences will be maintained.
Access to businesses will be preserved. Coordination with local business will occur throughout the project development process and construction.