Morrison Canyon Road is a narrow one-lane road that provides access to rural hillside properties in the Morrison Canyon and Vargas Road areas. Over the years, the use of Morrison Canyon Road has evolved to create the following issues:
Conflicting two-way vehicle traffic on a narrow one-lane road
Increasing use as a bicycle and pedestrian trail without dedicated facilities
Continued deterioration of the roadway, hillside, and embankment
Continued emergency closures due landslides during the winter season
Increasing commuter cut-through traffic to access I-680 freeway
The City of Fremont Public Works Department is developing a project to address the traffic safety issues on Morrison Canyon Road. Possible project features that may be considered are:
Signalize road at both ends and operate as a "scheduled" alternating one-way street.
Enhanced road safety with "rumble strips" to alert non-motorized users of approaching vehicle traffic.
Convert to private driveway (for 2 properties taking access off Morrison Canyon) with easement for emergency access and non-motorized recreational use.
Retain as public street up to private driveway; a. limit remaining road segment to emergency access and non-motorized recreational use. b. convert remaining road segment to one-way downhill
Widen roadway to better accommodate existing use. Likely to have high cost and significant environmental impact.
The proposed schedule for the Morrison Canyon Road traffic safety project is:
March-May 2018: Conduct community outreach and collect comments
May 30, 2018: Community Meeting at 7:00 p.m at Vallejo Mill Elementary School.
June 19, 2018: Council meeting to present safety improvement options
Fiscal Year 2018-19: Implement low cost safety improvements.