Reconstructed, Safer Intersection Opens in Downtown Monterey

City council members, engineering staff and other project stakeholders gathered to celebrate the new safety, traffic and aesthetic improvements of this once dangerous intersection.

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  • The ribbon cutting ceremony for the new intersection of Del Monte Ave and Pacific Street
  • The new, safer intersection at Del Monte Avenue and Pacific Street in Downtown Monterey
  • Rich Deal, Principal Traffic Engineer for the City of Monterey shakes hands with Rick Johnson, Executive Director of the Old Monterey Business Association, and Frank Sollecito, City of Monterey Council Member, after they cut the ribbon at the opening of the new, safer intersection
  • From left to right: Rich Deal, Principal Traffic Engineer for the City of Monterey; Richard Weber, Principal of Whitson Engineers; Nathaniel Milam, Civil Engineer with Whitson; and Dana Van Horn, Resident Engineer for Harris & Associates
  • The new, safer intersection at Del Monte Avenue and Pacific Street in Downtown Monterey

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    This intersection in downtown Monterey was previously known as the highest pedestrian/vehicle conflict location in the city with high traffic volumes. Since the main tunnel course in downtown Monterey prohibits vehicles that are carrying hazardous materials from passing through, this intersection had also become a main route for fuel trucks, adding to the danger for pedestrians and other travelers.

    Harris & Associates provided construction management services to the City of Monterey, managing the entire reconstruction. City of Monterey Traffic Engineer Rich Deal spoke at this ribbon cutting giving a special thanks to Harris, “Harris & Associates, especially Dana Van Horn, kept things rolling and under budget, and did an outstanding job. The constant coordination and critical path problem solving Dana provided on a daily basis, is why the project came in five weeks early!”

    The reconstruction included installing new traffic signals and street lighting, constructing ADA improvements, upgrading storm drains and repairing sewer lines, and revising the geometry of the intersection to improve safety. Heavy traffic flows precluded the closure of the intersection so the work was completed in phases. Due to the close proximity to many local businesses, (conference center and Marriott hotel were adjacent to the project) there was a concerted effort to solicit input and coordinate with local businesses.

    “As a local resident, this project meant a great deal to me,” said Resident Engineer Dana Van Horn. “The new intersection provides much-needed safety improvements to the residents of Monterey. I am proud of what Harris was able to contribute to our local community.”

    This intersection was completed within budget and five weeks ahead of schedule, in just three and a half months. The project was funded through the Highway Safety Improvement Program, the Neighborhood Improvement Program and Gas Tax funds.

    Concluded Deal, “Dana and Harris provided the glue in the rare and efficient working relationships between the City and the Contractor, based on a high level of integrity and the unwavering dedication to delivering a show-case quality product.”

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