That’s why at long last we are happy to report that Safeway has addressed virtually all of our concerns. Here’s what they are proposing:
The median will not be removed in front of the store. Instead it will be replaced with a new, four inch high median with sloped sides. That way the three delivery trucks that will come each day will be able to back up over the median and into the new, enclosed loading dock. An additional shorter length of landscaped median will also be added to the west.
This is a vast improvement over removing the median and leaving the street wide open to higher speeds and will make traffic more orderly before it gets to the school crossing at Foerster.
Safeway is also proposing big improvements at the Foerster intersection with bulbouts that will extend the sidewalk out into the street. This will shorten the crossing distance for pedestrians. It
will also free up space for the the bus stops on Monterey allowing more elbow room for people who are waiting for MUNI as well as walkers. Taken as a whole the improvements will also act to calm traffic at this heavily used and dangerous school crossing. We hope this will also mitigate the effect of the many new Safeway customers envisioned in the Environmental Impact Study.
We know That most everyone in the neighborhood has waited a long time for this project to get under way but we think that with these improvements the wait has been worth it.