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File #: 14-1241    Version:
Type: Agenda Item Status: Approved
File created: 9/4/2014 In control: Board of Supervisors
On agenda: 8/30/2016 Final action: 8/30/2016
Title: Chief Administrative Office, Economic Development Division, recommending the Board approve and authorize the Purchasing Agent to sign Agreement for Services 196-S1711 with California Department of Transportation to fund a portion of the costs for traffic control services along U.S. Highway 50 in the Camino area on the first four weekends of October 2016 and 2017 in the amount of $21,328.64 for the two year term of the agreement. FUNDING: General Fund - Economic Development.
Attachments: 1. 2A - Blue Route Apple Hill Traffic Contol - 2 Year Agreement 8-30-16, 2. 2B - Apple Hill Traffic Contol - 2 Year Agreement 8-30-16, 3. A - Apple Hill Traffic Control - 2 Year Agreement 9-16-14
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Chief Administrative Office, Economic Development Division, recommending the Board approve and authorize the Purchasing Agent to sign Agreement for Services 196-S1711 with California Department of Transportation to fund a portion of the costs for traffic control services along U.S. Highway 50 in the Camino area on the first four weekends of October 2016 and 2017 in the amount of $21,328.64 for the two year term of the agreement.

FUNDING: General Fund - Economic Development.
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DEPARTMENT RECOMMENDATION
Chief Administrative Office, Economic Development Division, recommending the Board approve and authorize the Purchasing Agent to sign Agreement for Services 196-S1711 with California Department of Transportation to fund a portion of the costs for traffic control services along U.S. Highway 50 in the Camino area on the first four weekends of October 2016 and 2017 in the amount of $21,328.64 for the two year term of the agreement.

DISCUSSION / BACKGROUND
The Apple Hill region is a regional agri-tourism destination and an important component of El Dorado County's economy. According to the Apple Hill Growers Association, the number of visitors to the region annually exceeds 750,000, contributing to the local economy. U.S. Highway 50 serves as the primary ingress and egress route for visitors traveling to the Apple Hill area. During the peak October weekend times, extremely-high traffic volume leads to stop-and-go congestion and creates unsafe driving conditions on U.S. Highway 50. Vehicles attempting to turn left from eastbound lanes wait in long lines in order to eventually cross westbound lanes where the posted speed limit for opposing traffic is 65 miles per hour.

The closure of left turn lanes from eastbound U.S. Highway 50 and diversion of traffic to existing interchanges has significantly improved traffic flow and safety and mitigated traffic congestion in recent years. California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) is proposing a partner...

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