Oak Park Boulevard and Monticello Avenue

Construction is scheduled to begin next week on the Oak Park and Monticello Improvement Project. This project will provide for public road and utility infrastructure improvements to service the new Pleasant Hill Library, Recreation and Park District sports fields, residential development at 1750 Oak Park Boulevard, and Pleasant Hill Middle School. Key project elements include:

• Widening Oak Park Boulevard to accommodate new right and left-turn pockets onto Monticello Avenue;

• Replacement of the traffic signal at the Oak Park Boulevard/Monticello Avenue intersection;

• Installation of a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) for a pedestrian crosswalk on Monticello Avenue;

• Traffic signage and striping;

• Bicycle lanes;

• Pavement rehabilitation and/or reconstruction;

• New concrete sidewalks, driveways, and ADA-compliant curb ramps;

• Undergrounding of dry utilities (electric, gas, communications);

• Extending recycled water and domestic water systems;

• Installation of a complex storm drain system;

• Ornamental LED street lighting; and

• Corridor irrigation and landscaping.

The City's contractor, Ghilotti Brothers, Inc., will begin preliminary construction activities on Monday, June 15. Most of the underground utility improvements will be done during the summer while school is out. Most construction will continue between 7:30 a.m. - 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Drivers should expect delays and take other routes if possible.

Oak Park
The City has hired BKF Engineers to design the Oak Park Boulevard and Monticello Avenue Improvement Project.  Oak Park Boulevard will be widened (along the north side) between the East Bay Municipal Utility District trail and the western edge of the existing library property in order to accommodate new turn lanes, bike lanes and a new traffic signal at the Oak Park Boulevard/Monticello Avenue intersection.  Monticello Avenue will be completely reconstructed between Oak Park Boulevard and Santa Barbara Road.  It will serve as the grand entryway to the new Pleasant Hill Library, Recreation & Park sports fields, residential housing, and Pleasant Hill Middle School.  When completed, the project will provide wider sidewalks, bicycle lanes, utility upgrades, drought tolerant landscape, and ornamental LED street lighting along Oak Park Boulevard and Monticello Avenue.

​The project is funded in part by the City (Measure K and local funds) and fair share contributions from Contra Costa County and the Recreation and Park District.  The total construction cost is estimated at $5.5M.