Poplar Street Traffic Calming and Safety Project

Project Description: The project provides improvements that offer safe access to areas like Poplar Beach, the Coastal Trail, and the City’s shopping district. The project limits are from Main Street to Railroad Avenue. The anticipated enhancements include pedestrian and bicycle access, storm drainage improvements, traffic calming measures and alternatives; they will vary from block to block and not all will be incorporated.

Project Status: Design and Outreach Phase

Funding Source(s): One Bay Area Grant 2 - Transportation for Livable Communities and City General Fund

Latest Update: 

City Staff provided an updated for the project to City Council. the Council also adopted a resolution to split the project into two separate phases due to funding shortfalls. Phase I includes the construction of improvements on Poplar Street between Main Street and Highway 1, and Phase II improves the street section between Highway 1 to Railroad Avenue. Staff is working on finalizing the design and intends to start construction in the summer of 2023.

City Staff updated the project plans per the comments and recommendations provided by the Planning Commission and the attending members of the public at the December 14, 2021 meeting. Additional comments were provided by the Commission and public, which will be addressed in the updated plan. City Staff highly recommends for members of the public to set up individual meetings if there are concerns or comments with the improvements occurring within the City's Right-of-Way fronting their property. Please contact us at the email below.

The City of Half Moon Bay presented project plans to the Planning Commission on December 14, 2021. City Staff received feedback from the Planning Commission and members of the Public. It was decided for the project to be continued to the February 8, 2022 Planning Commission Meeting.

The City of Half Moon Bay will be presenting the Poplar Street Traffic Calming and Safety Project to the Bicycle/Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), on November 4, 2021, in order to obtain feedback on the current design. Please attend if you have the time, or if you have any opinions/ideas. The BPAC Meeting is set to take place through zoom at 6:30 PM. Please continue to look at the below link for more information regarding the meeting.


Towards the end of 2019, the City, in conjunction with CSW|ST2, collected data for the project to ensure we have gathered enough information for the design phase. Existing traffic and tree inventory information was gathered during that process. This information partially helped shape the design. A public community meeting was held on Thursday, December 12, 2019 to obtain feedback and information as to what residents would like to see.

Throughout 2020, the City has decided to postpone this project due to the impact of COVID-19. As of now, the City has decided to restart the project, which has been approved by the City Council as of August 17, 2021. Design and Federal clearance is anticipated to be completed by the end of this calendar year. Currently, construction is anticipated to start in FY 22/23, subject to changes.

 As the consultant continues working on this project, residents and visitors can expect to see employees in reflective safety attire around Poplar Street. 


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