On Saturday, September 14, 2019, Harris & Associates proudly participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the new fully protected Class IV bicycle lanes adjacent to the medians of North Fremont Street in Monterey, California.
Monterey is now California’s first city to have such a bike lane. The $8.5 million project also included curb extensions to reduce pedestrian crossing lengths, ADA-compliant curb ramps, audible crossing signals, and storm drain improvements.
Harris provided construction management and biddability services, constructability review prior to bidding, contract administration, and a pre-construction audit. The City acknowledged Harris for going above and beyond in its role as construction manager by helping to manage utility conflicts and preventing unnecessary costs.
Mayor Clyde Roberson, Leslie Svetich of the North Freemont Business District of Monterey, Theresa Wright of the Transportation Agency for Monterey County, and many other distinguished guests were on hand to celebrate the grand opening of the project, which began in June 2018.
“We’re thrilled to have been part of a project that will improve the health, safety, and happiness of the city’s residents, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and aid economic development,” said Harris & Associates CEO Lisa Larrabee.
Speakers acknowledged how the bike path will improve cyclist safety while reducing traffic on North Fremont Street, enhancing the pedestrian experience. Others mentioned the bike lanes will serve as an impetus for commercial growth and even more positive community changes.
As part of the celebration, two lucky attendees won electric bicycles. In the spirit of bike and pedestrian safety, attendees received reflective gear, light flashers, bike bells, and more. “This is a wonderful new chapter for pedestrians and businesses along North Freemont Street, one that could inspire similar changes in nearby communities,” said Harris project manager Dana Van Horn.