Bollards are being installed on Theatre Way in Redwood City to enable the closure of the street to vehicular traffic in order to enhance pedestrian safety and allow for safer outdoor dining, according to the Redwood City Improvement Association (RCIA).
The $500,000 project includes the purchase of surface-mounted sliding bollards that will be able to section off Theatre Way between Broadway and Winslow Street. Such bollards can be electronically moved to enable vehicular traffic when needed. The installation began Monday, May 8, and is expected to last until Friday, June 30.
Till now, temporary barricades have been used to prohibit regular vehicle access to the block. The permanent bollards “allow for crash-resistant and more attractive barricades as opposed to temporary barricades, while still allowing for emergency vehicle access and service trucks, such as garbage, recycling, and organics pickup,” according to the RCIA.
“We are thrilled to see this project completed,” said Amy Buckmaster, executive director of the RCIA. “Theatre Way was designed to be a pedestrian walk-way, connecting the Caltrain Station to downtown Redwood City, as well as creating an al fresco dining experience for residents and visitors of the downtown. The bollards will allow for a safer barricade to enhance outdoor dining and seating, along with assisting with street closures for events happening in downtown Redwood City.”
Installation of the bollards follows a successful pandemic-era program that allowed temporary outdoor dining to support local businesses while indoor dining was prohibited. The City Council approved the project unanimously to further support businesses in July 2021.
Photos courtesy of RCIA