Date of Award


Document Type

Thesis - SCU Access Only


Santa Clara University


Civil Engineering

First Advisor

Rachel He


Hearst Avenue, located in Berkeley, California, requires a complete street design to address growing pedestrian, bicyclist, and vehicular concerns with safety and transit conditions. In this report, we focused on developing a sustainable and low impact street design by following standard traffic codes to redesign Hearst Avenue to accommodate all modes of transportation. The team worked on the section of Hearst Avenue from Oxford Street to La Loma Avenue"”which is approximately 2640 feet (0.5 mile) and consists of 8 intersections"”and developed two designs addressing different street features. These two designs were combined for the final design to incorporate automobile lanes, bicycle lanes, parking spots, and increased sidewalk additions that would not cause excessive traffic congestion or stormwater flooding. The level of street service was well within the desired result, whereas the street layout of vehicle and bicycle lanes demanded more attention. While the design team expected different results, the stormwater analysis portion of the design proved to indicate additional green drainage features would not be a necessity. Though the SCU design team for this portion of the Hearst Avenue Complete Street design project is complete, there are a few recommendations we would make for future teams to consider. Among these design alternatives is a more detailed traffic analysis utilizing daily traffic counts for Hearst Avenue, and implementing a permeable pavement design to address stormwater street drainage. In conclusion, the SCU design team was able to optimize design features along Hearst Avenue within the constraints of the site.

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