Inter-Departmental Correspondence

Department of Public Works


December 21, 2001


January 8, 2002



Honorable Board of Supervisors


Neil R. Cullen, Director of Public Works


Installation of Bollards on Middlefield Road between Seventh and Eighth Avenues - Redwood City Area



Authorize the Director of Public Works to purchase and install bollards behind the sidewalk on the east side of Middlefield Road between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, at locations as determined by the Director of Public Works.


Previous Board Action

Authorized the Middlefield Road Corridor Improvement Project (Project) which included the installation of wider sidewalks, street trees, street lights and the undergrounding of utilities.


Key Facts

The North Fair Oaks Council and Department agree that bollards are needed behind the sidewalk on the east side of Middlefield Road between Seventh and Eighth Avenues to protect the sidewalk and street trees from damage, as motorists are continually parking their vehicles on this wider sidewalk.



The businesses on the east side of Middlefield Road between Seventh and Eighth Avenues are set back from the street with off-street parking provided between the back of sidewalk and the store fronts. Some customers of the businesses park their vehicles on the sidewalk while shopping in the stores which makes it difficult for pedestrians, damages the street trees and will eventually damage the new sidewalk (photo attached).


We are recommending the installation of a decorative type of bollard which would be similar to the configuration of the street light poles that were installed within the Project limits. However, we will evaluate the maintenance and replacement cost of these bollards with the Council before we acquire and install them if our recommendation is approved by your Board.


Fiscal Impact

We estimate that it will cost $3,500 to purchase and install 15 temporary bollards and $10,000 to install permanent bollards for a total cost of $13,500. We are recommending that this work be financed by County Service Area 8 (CSA8) as CSA8 financed the installation the street trees and other amenities in the Project area.


We anticipate some damage to the bollards, and the future cost of repairing or replacing the bollards will depend on the how much damage they sustain. We are proposing to install temporary bollards that can be easily replaced until motorists become used to their being located adjacent to the back of the sidewalk. We can then install the more decorative bollards that are proposed to be of similar style as the light poles in the area.


There is no impact to the General Fund.


A copy of this staff report has been sent to the North Fair Oaks Council and the business owners in the buildings adjacent to where the bollards are proposed to be installed, and we will report on any comments that we receive.


A form of resolution has been approved by County Counsel.