November Changes to California Highways

Well this is it. The penultimate update for 2008. Amazing to think that just a year ago I had original route statutes on the brain šŸ™‚

As usual, I started this update cycle by processing backed up email changes, notes from my reading of the papers, as well as updates from misc.transport.road. This resulted in changes on the following routes, with credit as indicated [my research(1), contributions of information or leads (via direct mail or Usenet) from Erin Armourer(2), Mike Ballard(3), Casey Cooper(4), Dominic Ielati(5), Hong Wang(6), Joel Windmiller(7)]:RouteĀ 58(1), RouteĀ 70(5), RouteĀ 71(2), RouteĀ 74(4), RouteĀ 99(7), RouteĀ 149(5), RouteĀ 210(3), I-215(3), I-405(6).

While working on my messages, I wrote again to my state senator and assemblycritter regarding the problem with the definition of RouteĀ 1 I noted during the last updates (see AB 2326, SB 1366, and SB 432 (vetoed))–see RouteĀ 1 for the details of the problem. My state senator’s webpage had a link to an article about a proposal to use the Changeable Message Signs (CMSs) for advertising. Having had experience with those signs and their effect on traffic, I think this is a bad idea, and if you agree, I encourage you to write your state legislators as well.

Checked the Calnexus page to see if there had been any updates. Last I heard (in September), updates had been on hiatus due to the State of California budget situation. They had hoped to resume updates with the signed budget, but it looks like this never happened.

Looked for updates for the legislative information page. But the California legislative information page appeared to be unavailable until December 1, 2008. It is unlikely anything was done since the last update, as the legislature was only called in for a special session.

Reviewed the October CTC Summary and Web Books (there was no November meeting). I noted the following items for inclusion:

  • 2.1c. Traffic Congestion Relief (TCR)Program Application Approvals/Amendments, Proposition 1B CMIA Program/Project Amendments

    *** (2) The Department, the Metropolitan Transportation Commission, and the Alameda County Congestion Management Agency propose to amend the CMIA Project and Baseline Agreement for the RouteĀ 580 Isabel Interchange Project (PPNO 0115B) to split the project into three contracts.

  • 2.2a. Environmental Matters ā€“ Notice of Preparation of an Environmental Impact Report (EIR)

    *** (1) RouteĀ 58 in Kern County ā€“ route adoption study for future location of RouteĀ 58 roadway extension near Bakersfield. (NOP)

    *** (2) I-80 in San Francisco County ā€“ Yerba Buena Island Ramps Improvement Project (NOP)

  • 2.2c. Environmental Matters ā€“ Approval of Projects for Future Consideration of Funding, Route Adoption or New Public Road

    *** (1) Salinas Road Interchange Project in Monterey County ā€“ Construct an interchange and make operational improvements to RouteĀ 1 between Jensen Road and Trafton Road undercrossing. (MND)

    *** (2) RouteĀ 180 and DeWolf Avenue Interchange Freeway Agreement Project in Fresno County ā€“ Update the freeway agreement and seek route adoption and location of a future interchange between Temperance Avenue to De-Wolf Avenue. (MND)

    *** (3) RouteĀ 11 and Otay Mesa East Port of Entry Project in San Diego County ā€“ Identifies corridor for consideration of the future RouteĀ 11 and the associated port of entry. (FEIR)

    *** (4) Kings and Tulare Counties RouteĀ 198 Expressway ā€“ Widen RouteĀ 198 in Kings and Tulare Counties from 0.5 miles east of RouteĀ 43 near Hanford to 0.4 miles west of RouteĀ 99 near Visalia. (ND)

    *** (5) RouteĀ 99 in the County of Madera ā€“ Reconstruction of RouteĀ 145/RouteĀ 99 and Gateway Drive/RouteĀ 99 Interchanges. (ND)

    *** (6) RouteĀ 580 in Alameda County – Roadway improvements in the city of Livermore. (FND)

    *** (7) Public Road Connection for new interchange at Isabel Avenue (I-580). (MND)

  • 2.3a. Route Adoptions

    *** One Route Adoption as a Freeway on RouteĀ 180 at 06-Fre-180-PM R66.3/R66.9 in the county of Fresno

  • 2.3b. New Public Road Connection

    *** (1) One New Public Road Connection to RouteĀ 20 at 03-Nev-20-PM R14.3 (Dorsey Drive) in the city of Grass Valley, north of Idaho-Maryland Road.

    *** (2) One New Public Road Connection to RouteĀ 580 at 04-Ala-580-PM 14.2 (Isabel Avenue) in the city of Livermore.

  • 2.3c. Relinquishment Resolutions

    *** 2-Sha-5-PM R50.4/R50.9 Right of Way in the county of Shasta near the Pollard Flat overcrossing along RouteĀ 5, consisting of relocated or reconstructed county roads or frontage roads.

    *** 11-SD-125-PM 19.0/19.2 Right of way in the city of San Diego along RouteĀ 125 near Fletcher Parkway on East Lake Drive between Flume Road and Lake Angela Drive, consisting of relocated and reconstructed city streets.

    *** 8-Riv-86S-PM R2.54/R18.27 Right of way in the county of Riverside along RouteĀ 86S south of the Coachella city limits between Avenue 52 and Avenue 82, consisting of relocated or reconstructed county roads.

    *** 5-SLO-227-PM 0.00/0.97 Right of way in the city of Arroyo Grande on RouteĀ 227 from RouteĀ 101 to 250 feet north of Huasna Road. Authorized by Chapter 787, Statutes of 2000, which amended Section 527 of the Streets and Highways Code.

  • 2.5g. State-administered STIP Transportation Enhancement Projects — Financial Allocation

    *** (1a) $31,500,000 for Segment 3 of the RouteĀ 580 Isabel Interchange Project in Livermore programmed in the CMIA.

    *** (1b) $29,709,000 for Segment 2 of the RouteĀ 580 HOV project in Livermore programmed in the CMIA ($20,435,000) and STIP ($9,274,000).

    *** (3a) $5,100,000 for one state-administered STIP project on RouteĀ 145 in the city of Madera at RouteĀ 99. Contributions from other sources: $3,499,000.

    *** (3b) Reduce original allocation of $23,404,000 to $18,055,000, per AB 608, for one State-administered STIP Project for RouteĀ 99/Whitmore Avenue Interchange Project in Ceres.

    *** (3c) Reduce original allocation of $33,000,000 to $25,900,000, per AB 608, for one State-administered STIP Project for RouteĀ 99 Widen to 4 lanes with a Median (Segment 4) Project in Sutter County.

    *** (5) $84,038,000 for one State administered project on RouteĀ 905 in San Diego east of the RouteĀ 805/905 separation to east of Britannia overcrossing. Contributions from other sources: $11,062,000.

    *** (6) $14,172,000 for roadway improvements on RouteĀ 580 in Livermore programmed in the SHOPP.

[Posted to cahwyguy and roadgeeks]