Strategic Roadmap

FY 2024 - 2033 Capital Improvement Program

CITY OF HAYWARD STRATEGIC ROADMAP & 3+ YEAR VISION

In May 2019, the City Council and the City Manager’s Office set out to create a Strategic Roadmap to guide Hayward over the next three years. The Roadmap was intended to be bold in its vision for the future, but also grounded in a realistic assessment of existing staff capacity and resource constraints. The City Council also wanted to reflect the needs of the community and integrate input from diverse employees who understand the City’s daily operations, competing priorities, and current strategies. This Strategic Roadmap outlines where the City Council sees the highest priorities in the next three years and a roadmap of specific actions to get there.


On January 29, 2022, Council held a retreat to review the progress of priority projects and provide feedback on changes for the FY23 budget. On April 26, 2022, Council adopted an updated version of the Strategic Roadmap.


ABOUT THE ROADMAP

The Roadmap began with a shared Hayward vision for 2024. From that shared vision, the City Council identified six core priorities required to achieve the vision. To accomplish each priority, staff developed key projects, named responsible departments, and created a timeline. Together, this effort puts the City on a path toward achieving the ideal Hayward 2024 vision.

INCORPORATION IN THE CIP

The 2024 Vision and Strategic Roadmap are at the forefront of the City’s capital project planning efforts. To the greatest extent possible, a formal management and implementation process ensures that CIP projects are aligned with the City’s Strategic Roadmap and that the value each generates is maximized. CIP Projects touch the Confront Climate Crisis & Champion Environmental Justice, Enhance Community Safety & Quality of Life, Grow the Economy, and Strengthen Organizational Health Priorities, but predominantly support the Invest in Infrastructure Priority. Below is a list of some featured projects which support efforts identified in the Strategic Roadmap.

Strategic Priority: Invest in Infrastructure

In 2021, the Alameda County Transportation Commission (ACTC) conducted School Safety Assessments for the public schools in Hayward, resulting in a set of infrastructure recommendations to make it easier for students to bike and walk to school. Hayward's Safe Routes to School Program (SR2S) was created to implement these recommendations. In collaboration with partners including Hayward Unified School District, ACTC, and various community organizations, SR2S will combine engineering tools with safety education and other activities to encourage students to choose alternate modes of transportation on their way to school.


The City's first SR2S project is planned to begin construction in summer 2023 near Cesar Chavez Middle School, and it includes installation of curb and median extensions, advanced stop and yield marking, yellow high-visibility crosswalks, rectangular rapid flashing beacons (RRFB), and more.

The City of Hayward's Safe Routes for Seniors (SR4S) Program is a collaborative effort between the City and local senior housing facilities, senior centers, and community-based organizations. Through these partnerships, the City is working to identify areas in Hayward at which to focus accessibility and walkability improvements.


The City's first SR4S effort is currently underway in four downtown Hayward intersections, including Foothill Blvd/Hazel Ave-City Center Dr, Montgomery Ave/A St, Montgomery Ave/B St, and Watkins Ave/D St. Improvements include increased pedestrian crossing times, installation of high-visibility ADA ramps, repositioning of cross walks and pedestrian push buttons to align with ADA improvements, and widening medians for pedestrian refuge, and more. The SR4S Program receives annual support from dedicated Measure BB (Paratransit) funding.

Phase 3 of the Mission Boulevard Corridor Improvement Project, from A Street to the northern City limit at Rose Street, is the last phase of the three-phase Mission Blvd Corridor Improvement Project. Improvements will include undergrounding overhead utilities, electrical service conversions of private properties, construction of a bicycle cycle track, sidewalk, curb and gutter, rehabilitation of pavement, installation of traffic signals and streetlights, installation of traffic striping, pavement marking and signage, improvements to storm drains systems, installation of irrigation system and landscaping, as well as City of Hayward monument signs. The construction bids received in 2021 to implement this project were significantly higher than expected and subsequently rejected, delaying the project timeline. Staff also applied for grant opportunities to help close the funding gap. The call for bids was reinitiated in March 2023 and construction is anticipated to start in early Summer 2023.

In April 2022, construction began on the approximately one-mile stretch of Linear Park along the eastern side of Mission Blvd, roughly from Blanche Street to Fairway Street. The project included reshaping flat landscape areas to echo the East Bay Hills, planting trees and native plants, using recycled concrete to expand pathways, adding seating using reclaimed wood and upcycled materials, and adding artwork to crosswalks, among a number of other improvements. Construction was substantially completed in Fall 2022.

In FY 2023, staff began transforming the busy Jackson Corridor into a visually appealing community gateway. The three-year project will involve new trees, plants, bark chips, pavers, and more. Similar improvements were recently completed in the Tennyson Corridor, another key arterial road in the City.

The Hayward Police Department (HPD) is in need of a new locker room for separated use by both male and female police officers, other employees, and visitors. The existing facilities that are housed inside the HPD building are inadequate in terms of both space and amenities. The HPD Locker Room Projects will involve designing and constructing an approximately 6,910 square foot addition to the existing HPD building to accommodate these necessary improvements.

Since 2013, the City of Hayward, Alameda County (County), and Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District (HARD) have worked towards a shared vision of constructing and operating a new center at the corner of Tennyson and Ruus Roads called the South Hayward Youth and Family Center (SHYFC) -- also known as "The Stack Center." The project site is on City-owned property and located at 680 West Tennyson Road. The City now has the funding to build Phase I of the campus, including contributions from the State and Federal governments. Staff continue to fundraise to close the funding gap for Phase II of the campus.

In partnership with Hayward Area Recreation and Parks District (HARD), La Vista Park is a 50-acre destination park located a quarter-mile east of the intersection of Tennyson Road and Mission Boulevard in South Hayward. La Vista Park is planned to include a soccer field, bike terrain park, basketball courts, an amphitheater, dog park, zip-line, playgrounds, picnic areas, walking/hiking trails, science garden, water play area, observation points, and open areas. In FY22, the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) report was updated to include the park expansion area, and staff are currently working with consultants to finalize the design. Construction bid documents are anticipated to be completed by Spring 2023, and construction is planned to commence in late Spring or early Summer 2023.

Traffic Calming Projects

In 2017, the State of California mandated that all signal timing be updated to be consistent with Caltrans’ standard pedestrian walking pace, yellow times, and all-red times at all intersections. To implement these mandated updates, the Traffic Signal System Improvement Project has been established to verify and update the signal timing of all signalized intersections in the City to ensure compliance with the State requirements.

In response to community concerns regarding speeding on Santa Clara Street and vehicles not stopping at the crossing at El Dorado Avenue, the Santa Clara Street Traffic Calming Study & Implementation Project has been developed to identify opportunities to calm traffic, improve safety, and provide protected bike facilities for cyclists that frequent the corridor. The project will involve the development of the study and implementation of its recommended improvements, which are anticipated to be a combination of geometric, sign, and striping modifications.

The 0.78 mile-stretch of Campus Drive between 2nd Street and Hayward Boulevard was identified as a priority corridor for traffic calming improvements based on community concerns, traffic volume, speed and collision data, and other factors. This segment of Campus Drive serves multiple neighborhoods, California State University East Bay, hiking trails, churches, a senior facility, and Fire Station 9. In FY 2023, the $150,000 project budget was used to partner with a consultant to design pedestrian, bicycle, and traffic calming improvements; address safety concerns and mobility needs; and launch a pilot program. The above picture features vertical poles which were installed as part of this pilot. Implementation of the recommended improvements have been incorporated in the City’s annual pavement improvement program and the new sidewalk program.

The Traffic Calming Implementation Program is an ongoing project through which staff respond to citizen concerns about speeding on local residential streets. Staff analyze the areas of concern and determine whether traffic calming measures are recommended. Those locations which are approved typically receive such traffic calming measures as speed limit signs, narrowed lanes, right edge line striping, bike lanes, speed radar feedback signs, flexible delineators, and speed humps, among others.

In response to concerns expressed by the community, staff will soon be developing a feasibility study to identify opportunities to improve pedestrian and bike safety, as well as reduce excessive vehicle speeds, along the D Street corridor. This project will support development of the study as well as future implementation of the improvements.

Pictured above is A Street, one of three corridors which will receive multimodal roadway infrastructure improvements to increase safety, comfort, and accessibility for all users as part of the new proposed A St, Silva & Tennyson Complete Streets Project. The Project will advance up to three traffic calming projects along these three corridors through the initial planning and preliminary engineering phase. The exact locations will be selected from the City Council-approved Bike and Pedestrian Master Plan and the recently completed Local Roadway Safety Plan, and improvements will include but are not limited to bicycle and pedestrian safety enhancements and signal infrastructure upgrades.

The Traffic Management Project is an ongoing project through which staff monitors the approximately 145 signalized intersections throughout Hayward, implementing various improvements to ensure reliable functionality of the traffic signal software and equipment. Improvements include upgrading the signal control cabinets, installing battery backup systems, and resolving detection issues, among other efforts required to ensure both driver and pedestrian safety throughout the city.

Utilities Projects

The City's Water Pollution Control Facility (WPCF) Phase II Facilities Plan, which was completed in 2020, was prepared to guide the WPCF infrastructure needs for the next twenty years. The Phase II Facilities Plan addresses future regulatory requirements restricting discharge of nutrients to the Bay. Although the San Francisco Bay has not been adversely impacted by nutrient loading, discharge of nutrients is a growing concern and, as a result, recent requirements have been developed regulating their discharge into the Bay.


In 2020, staff worked with firm Black & Veatch (B&V) to develop a nutrient management strategy (NMS) as part of the WPCF Phase II Facilities Plan and in spring 2022, staff began the process of identifying a consultant to design the Phase II Improvements. Design and construction of the improvements is currently estimated to cost $258 million. Staff plan to apply for both a State Revolving Fund (SRF) and USEPA Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to help fund the estimated construction costs. In addition to the design and construction of the Phase II WPCF Upgrade, the project includes a new administration building and laboratory, as well as other related improvement needs.

To improve overall water supply reliability and conserve drinking water supplies, the City constructed a recycled water system to deliver tertiary-treated recycled water to sites near the WPCF for landscape irrigation and industrial uses. Construction of the storage tank, pump station, and distribution pipeline system was completed in FY 2020. Construction of the treatment facility and customer connections to the recycled water system were completed, and recycled water deliveries to the first phase of customers began, in Spring 2022. The Phase I customer sites include four parks, six schools, one college, nineteen private businesses, and City street landscaping.


In FY 2024, staff will initiate development of a Master Plan to guide design and construction efforts for Phase II of the Recycled Water Program. Phase II will involve increasing the recycled water customer base, which will require designing and constructing an expanded treatment facility to meet the increased demand.

All of the facilities at the City’s Corporation Yard (Corp Yard), which were originally constructed in the 1980s, are in need of significant repairs and upgrades. The necessary improvements to the Corp Yard were estimated several years ago to amount to more than $50,000,000, and are currently identified on the City's Identified and Unfunded Capital Needs list. The Corp Yard Needs Assessment Project was created to identify an updated list of necessary improvements and to revise the estimated implementation costs.

Strategic Priority: Confront Climate Crisis & Champion Environmental Justice

The City maintains a fleet of approximately 450 vehicles and equipment units, and the useful life of these fleet units is maximized and managed via the 10 Year Fleet Capital Replacement Plan. The plan identifies replacement timelines based on age, mileage, maintenance, and safety. When it comes time to retire a unit, carbon emissions are a key consideration.

After a successful hybrid patrol vehicle pilot in FY 2021, Fleet Management updated the standard specifications for Hayward Police patrol vehicles, and all new patrol cars will be hybrid-powered models. In FY 2022, a total of ten hybrid patrol cars were ordered to replace vehicles that have reached the end of their useful life, and an additional nine were ordered in FY 2023. Once received and placed into service, the fleet vehicle matrix will consist of 18% EV/hybrid units.


Staff are also working to invest in EVs where possible and within current replacement cycles and budget parameters. While staff is working aggressively to meet this goal, global supply chain and production issues have delayed the timely delivery of all fleet vehicles.

A recent report by East Bay Community Energy (EBCE) provided an analysis of the charging infrastructure that will be needed to electrify the City’s 129 light duty, non-emergency, fleet vehicles. The report concluded the City will need three Level 1 chargers (15-20 Amps each), fifty-four Level 2 chargers (40 Amps each) and four Direct Current Fast Chargers (80 Amps or more) installed across eleven City facilities. Staff is currently preparing an assessment of charging needs for City employees. Installation of charging infrastructure for the City’s fleet and employees will begin after the assessment is completed.


Staff are also working with EBCE to install one to three fast charging hubs for electric vehicle charging. Hubs would serve the general public, but would be sited to also serve residents of multi-family properties, many of which are older buildings that lack the infrastructure needed to support EV charging.

Trees help improve local air quality, protect water sources, and provide food and shelter for wildlife, among many other benefits. As such, the City has pledged to plant 1,000 trees annually -- a commitment that will be achieved in partnership with other local entities including Hayward Area Recreation and Park District (HARD), Hayward Unified School District (HUSD), California State University East Bay (CSUEB), Chabot College, and developers. The Landscape Material/Median Tree/Shrub Replacement Project in Fund 405 will support the City's purchase and planting of those trees, as well as other landscape material, throughout the City.

Strategic Priority: Enhance Community Safety & Quality of Life

The City of Hayward is working with former Russell City residents and their descendants to explore appropriate reparative responses to the forced relocation of Russell City residents from their homes and businesses. This project will fund resident participation, possible stipends, and artwork in Russell City, as directed by the City Council Strategic Roadmap. It will also support the installation of an art piece to commemorate the heritage of Russell City in Heritage Plaza, as well as the hiring of a consultant to conduct a listening process to hear from former Russell City residents and descendants.