R STREET PHASE III - 13th to 16th streets
Figure 1- Proposed R Street Phase III Improvements
The R Street Phase III Project, 13th Street to 16th Street, is the final phase of a three-phase revitalization of R Street in downtown Sacramento. It will bridge the gap between the R Street Phase I Project, 10th Street to 13th Street, that was completed in January 2012 and the R Street Market Plaza Project, 16th Street to 18th Street, which completed construction in February 2016.
The following improvements are proposed for R Street between 13th Street to 16th Street:
- Replacing the existing asphaltic concrete (AC) travel way with Portland cement concrete (PCC).
- Providing a 22-foot-wide travel way, with one 11-foot-wide lane in each direction. Stop signs that are currently in place at all intersections would be maintained.
- Constructing bulb-outs at intersection corners protruding six (6) feet into the numbered streets to shorten crosswalk distances. ADA compliant curb ramps are proposed at the intersections of R and 13th, 14th, and 15th streets.
- Two existing bike corrals will be replaced.
- Constructing pedestrian walkway improvements with a four (4)-inch-high curb.
- Providing parallel parking on the north and south sides of R Street except no parking will be permitted on the north side et between 15th Street and 16th Street.
- Providing new industrial stylized lighting.
- Constructing an underground drainage system to accommodate street run-off.
- Reconstructing the main railroad track to accommodate the proposed grades and drainage. Distorted tracks would be replaced in kind, if economically feasible, with warehoused rail stock or new rails. New rails will be installed between 15th and 16th streets to provide continuity along the R Street corridor.
- Granite curbstones would be cast into the concrete roadway section at their current locations and would conform to any alignment or elevation adjustments that may be required for all tracks.
- Adding project site beautification elements to the walkway such as textured or colored concrete complimenting the industrial nature of the corridor utilizing shades of grey.
Figure 2 - R Street at 14th Street, looking East
The project will improve pedestrian safety and accessibility and provide streetscape improvements while maintaining the street's historic sense of shared space between pedestrians, bicyclists, and vehicles.
COSTS AND FUNDING
Planning and design of the project are funded by Capitol Area Development Authority (CADA) in the amount of $452,050, a Federal Capital Grant in the amount of $422,950 and Sacramento Housing Authority Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in the amount of $75,000.
The total cost of the project including planning, design, construction and construction managements is estimated to be $5.4 million
The project is in the design phase. The project development team conducted a public meeting to seek public input and comments on the conceptual design alternatives on November 21, 2013. The environmental document was approved in February 2015. Final design has been completed. Construction is anticipated to begin in the Spring of 2017 and be completed in December 2017.
Zuhair Amawi, Senior Engineer