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File #: 15-0185    Version:
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 2/3/2015 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 2/24/2015 Final action: 2/24/2015
Title: Chief Administrative Office and Community Development Agency, Transportation Division, recommending the Board consider responding to Caltrans notifications of changes to speed limits on State Highways 193 and 49 within the County with the following: 1) Approve and authorize the Chair to sign a letter of opposition to Caltrans' District 3 Supervisor (Attachment 2A); and 2) Approve and authorize the Chair to sign a letter addressed to State Assemblymember Frank Bigelow and Senator Ted Gaines to revise State Law requiring Caltrans to study and adopt speed limit revisions in Rural Counties (Attachments 2B and 2C). FUNDING: N/A
Attachments: 1. 2A - Caltrans Letter Opposing Speed limit Increases 2-24-15, 2. Executed letter with attachment 2-24-15 #17.pdf, 3. A - Caltrans Proposed New Speed Limit for Coloma 02-10-15, 4. B - Caltrans Proposed New Speed Limit for Cool 02-10-15, 5. C - Caltrans Proposed New Speed Limit for Georgetown 02-10-15, 6. D - Caltrans Proposed New Speed Limit for Kelsey 02-10-15, 7. E - CALTRANS - SR 49-COLOMA-color - 2-10-15, 8. F - CALTRANS - SR 49-COOL-color 2-10-15, 9. G - CALTRANS - SR 193-Georgetown-color - 2-10-15, 10. H - CALTRANS - SR 193-Kelsey-color - 2-10-15, 11. Public Comment Rcvd 2-10-15 BOS 2-10-15, 12. Public Comment Rcvd 2-9-15 BOS 2-10-15
Title
Chief Administrative Office and Community Development Agency, Transportation Division, recommending the Board consider responding to Caltrans notifications of changes to speed limits on State Highways 193 and 49 within the County with the following:
1) Approve and authorize the Chair to sign a letter of opposition to Caltrans' District 3 Supervisor (Attachment 2A); and
2) Approve and authorize the Chair to sign a letter addressed to State Assemblymember Frank Bigelow and Senator Ted Gaines to revise State Law requiring Caltrans to study and adopt speed limit revisions in Rural Counties (Attachments 2B and 2C).

FUNDING: N/A
Body
Fiscal Impact/Change to Net County Cost
There is no change to Fiscal Impact or change to Net County Cost associated with this action.

Background
At the February 10, 2015 meeting the Board received notice of Caltrans’ intent to raise speed limits of certain section of State Highways 193 and 49 in the Coloma, Cool, Georgetown and Kelsey areas. These speed increases are based on a prescribed formula that Caltrans utilizes where a speed study is conducted as required within a specific time frame. The study will result in adjustments to speed limits based on setting the new limit at 85 percent of the speeds noted in the study, rounded up or down to the nearest 5 mph (unless no change is necessary).

The Board had been requested to provide direction on responding to previously mentioned and future Caltrans notifications of changes to speed limits on State Highways; however there were significant concerns relating to the current proposed increases on State Highways 193 and 49. As such, the Board gave direction to write a letter of opposition regarding the speed limit increases to Caltrans District 3, and a letter to State Legislators (Senator Gaines and Assemblymember Bigelow) to request revising State Law for rural counties requiring Caltrans to study and subsequently adjust speed limits.

Caltrans’ Letter and Engineering and Traff...

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