The Middlefield Road Corridor Improvement project we completed for Redwood City was a gateway corridor endeavor that began at State Route 84 and continued northwest towards downtown Redwood City. Before our intervention, Middlefield Road was a wide asphalt street with narrow sidewalks, overhead power lines, minimal lighting, and lengthy crosswalks. Stormwater build-up was also a challenge because of improper drainage, one we were determined to change. The Middlefield Road Corridor Improvements project successfully breathed new life into the area.
The Middlefield Road project was carried out in three phases. The first phase covered the removal of any power poles and overhead wires that were in the way. The second phase included the creation of the separate bikeway. The third involved the Caltrans intersection between Middlefield Road and Redwood Road, which had separate permit requirements.
Given the impact we knew it would have on the community, we sought to hear the community’s input and used their feedback to shape the project through several public meetings. In addition, our team collaborated with nearby homeowners and went door-to-door to make sure our plans satisfied all parties involved in the project.
The results of our community outreach revealed that safer and easier access to Hoover Elementary School was a top priority — the existing system involved passage over a busy road. Crosswalks were added on Middlefield Road that covered all four directions. We also ensured all new crossings were ADA compliant, and we used colored concrete to improve both accessibility and visibility. We also added several shade trees and overhead and decorative pedestrian streetlights to the area.
Bellecci strives to use environmentally friendly techniques and materials in all our projects, and Middlefield Road was no different. We designed stormwater treatment planters with bio-retentive soil to address the drainage issue, also ensuring that hydrocarbons in the water are filtered out, as required by the California Water Board.
We developed and carried out plans for an ADA compliant sidewalk level, and a Class IV (or separated) bike lane and protected sidewalks, ensuring safer travel for cyclists as well. This even included an instalment of bicycle signals and signage for the separated bikeway, an innovative idea that hadn’t been done prior to this project. We also were able to shorten the existing pedestrian crosswalk from sixty-five feet of solid asphalt to about twenty-four feet between pedestrian refuges, making for safer pedestrian crossing conditions.
Overall, the Middlefield Road project is a testament to our commitment to transforming communities, and we were happy to provide a community friendly roadway that Redwood City residents can be proud of.
With over forty years of experience working with cities, we are no strangers to annual budgets or splitting up workloads to fit into the budget load.
For San Carlos, we have been providing annual budget work for some time. However, in 2020, it became a citywide initiative to perform a full rehabilitation of the pavement in multiple locations, including ADA improvements.
It is here that we ran into some challenges like those we had experienced previously at the Old Bayshore Road project in Millbrae a few years prior. Like the Millbrae project, we again needed to grade to meet and adhere to ADA regulations. Fortunately, having had recent experience, we knew exactly what the client would be looking for.
Bellecci then drafted up detailed grading plans that outlined all the specifics intended for the work. This included detailed well-thought-out plans and helped minimize any questions or confusion from the contractor.
After thoroughly reviewing the proposed work that Bellecci had drafted, the city was thrilled for work to begin. This project was considered a complete success, as it paved the way for more continual improvement and rehabilitation projects to come.
As an award-winning corporation, Bellecci specializes in providing civil engineering design and land surveying.
Having served the industry in both the public and private sectors for over forty years, Bellecci has established a reputation for going above and beyond for our clients.
When Suisun City approached us with their need for pavement rehabilitation—with the challenge of only enough allocated funds for striping—we quickly got to work tapping into our experience to see how we could help curate a project to fit their needs.
We presented the city with a proposal that specifically detailed our plans to rehabilitate the existing pavement, using the existing striping in certain areas while rehabilitating the existing pavement, all within budget and meeting ADA access and balancing requirements. The city quickly accepted the proposal as it more than met the needs of the city’s goals.
We performed the work within the budget. The project also gave us another opportunity to employ Cold-In-Place Recycling (CIR), remaining in line with green initiatives across the city.
Bellecci believes in and encourages a collaborative environment, one we keep within the walls of our establishment, but also through our willingness to work with others for the benefit of the client. Harmonious dynamics are an important value for our company, and one we will continually show through each of our projects.
Millbrae is an energetic scene that houses many restaurants and hotels. So, when the city began noticing scraped driveways, deteriorating pavement, excessive water collection (or ponding), and out-of-date ADA access points, it quickly became a priority that was to be addressed quickly and tactfully.
Bellecci was an obvious choice for the city based on our knowledge of green pavement rehabilitation methods and our experience with similar projects in neighboring areas. Our focus was to quickly identify the challenges we faced with a pavement rehab project in such a heavy traffic area.
Ideally, in circumstances like this, we recommend a schedule based on the “least traffic” hours, typically at night. However, in this particular situation, the largest portion included the driveway of one of the city’s most popular hotels. Given the proximity and noise the project would produce, the request for daytime work was made, in which Bellecci quickly got busy planning out the best parameters for contractors to adhere to regarding traffic control.
As the city has a strong environmentally friendly agenda, Bellecci recognized this would be the perfect opportunity to implement the method of Cold-In-Place Recycling (CIR). This practice mixes the previously pulverized asphalt with other strengthening materials to rejuvenate it. This not only cuts down on costs as it relies heavily on the use of existing material, but provides less material to be dumped into landfills.
Overall, the project was well-received by the population, and Bellecci was also able to provide a new median island with pavers to enhance the aesthetics of the area. Despite some challenges with coordination and undocumented pipe locations, Bellecci proved we are the leader in unique and quick problem solving and ensuring that the right environmental practices are being pursued.
As industry leaders in green pavement rehabilitation practices, cities often turn to us for best project practices. In 2020, Hercules was no different. The city first approached us regarding a residential part of the city that had excessive speeding. Ultimately, we learned that restriping the area would help promote traffic calming.
Bellecci immediately got to work with our experienced design team and began developing a plan that would encourage slower traffic by adding additional striping. Ultimately, this approach narrowed the street lanes, which has been a successful strategy in the past in other areas.
Once the city accepted our proposed approach, we jumped into action. We again utilized the green method of Cold-In-Place Recycling (CIR), recycling and combining previously pulverized asphalt with other strengthening materials. This method not only minimizes cost by heavily relying on the use of existing material, but it also provides less material to be dumped into the landfills, making it an appealing route for many green initiative cities.
Bellecci’s approach is unique, as we know every job is different. This helps us in guiding our clients, making sure they understand and accept the full scope of their needs, as well as the impact it has on their communities.