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Officials kickoff Burlingame Avenue revamp
April 30, 2016, 05:00 AM By Heather Murtagh Daily Journal Staff

Image and rendering courtesy of the city of Burlingame Burlingame Avenue as it appears today and an architectural rendering of what it will look like after renovations.

Heather Murtagh/ Daily Journal The Burlingame City Council along with Public Works Director Syed Murtuza and City Manager Lisa Goldman celebrate the kickoff of the downtown streetscape project.

Those who enjoy visiting Burlingame Avenue should work on their parallel parking skills.


Over the next 14 to 16 months, Burlingame Avenue will be overhauled to create a more pedestrian friendly experience that includes changing parking from slanted to parallel and thinning the avenue’s two lanes to a total of 20 feet. Sidewalks will also be widened from 10 feet to 16 feet with bulb-outs to allow for smaller pedestrian crossing areas. The design will include more landscaping and outside dining space. On Monday, the City Council and staff celebrated the start of the $16.5 million project. While all were excited to get started, many joked about the humor that will come from watching people parallel park on the revamped downtown street.


Councilman Jerry Deal was the first to comment on the new parking configuration, urging everyone to pay attention.


Work actually started on the utilities last night. The effort to re-enliven the area, as Mayor Ann Keighran put it, is the first major work to Burlingame’s downtown since the ’70s.


“Today is our first step of our raised bar of expectations,” she said.


In February, the City Council approved $16.5 million in plans to cover construction management, field engineering and public service outreach. The work will be performed by Robert A. Bothman, Inc. of San Jose. Utilities work started last night at Burlingame Avenue and California Drive then heads west, said Public Works Director Syed Murtuza. By early May, the effort will start on the north side near Lorton Avenue and Primrose Road. Businesses will remain open during all work. Work will be done both during the day and night, to speed up the process, said Murtuza, who added the project will be a signature development for the Peninsula and hopefully the state.


It’s expected to be complete by the end of summer 2014.


Property owners were also on hand to laud the work that will soon revitalize the area. Ron Karp was happy that so many people were able to come together to make the plan a reality. Nick Delis agreed, adding that, once complete, Burlingame Avenue will put the town on the map.


Paying for the plan comes through a variety of funding sources. In May, property owners voted to create an assessment district to support the work. Funding will also come from water and sewer enterprise funds, state gas tax and county transportation tax funds, grants and capital improvement funds, revenue from the assessment district and increased parking meter rates.


During construction, those in the Burlingame Avenue area should expect changes to travel patterns and lane direction, possible road closures, detours and narrower pedestrian walkways, heavy equipment along the road which may block some streets or parking spaces, dust due to heavy machinery digging and tearing down structures or pavements, uneven pavement, water, sewer and gas shutoff at certain hours of the day and construction-related noise, according to the city website.


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