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04-26-2016 CC Rpt A06 Return to Agenda COUNCIL AGENDA STAFF REPORT CITY CLERK USE ONLY Meeting Date: April 26, 2016 Item No.: A06 Public Hearing: ❑ Discussion Item: ❑ Chi Chino Hills Consent Item: April 19, 2016 TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL MEMBERS FROM: CITY MANAGER SUBJECT: CONCEPT DESIGN APPROVAL FOR PIPELINE AVENUE RAISED MEDIAN PROJECT RECOMMENDATION: Review and approve the concept design of the raised median for Pipeline Avenue as recommended by the Public Works Commission at their meeting on April 6, 2016. BACKGROUND/ANALYSIS: The City successfully competed for a Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant from the State of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for the construction of a raised concrete median on Pipeline Avenue, from Chino Hills Parkway to approximately 1,810 feet north. The grant was awarded to provide mitigation due to the high number of vehicular accidents that occur on this segment of Pipeline Avenue. Within the subject stretch of road there are seventeen (17) driveway access points served by a striped center median. Since the majority of these driveways do not align with one another across the street, many conflicting left out movements occur which leads to the high incident rate. The concept plan provided with the grant application proposed to eliminate all left out movements except for three strategic locations where opposing driveways aligned. A community meeting was held on January 14, 2016 at the McCoy Equestrian Center wherein all of the business and property owners were invited to attend and provide input and comment on the proposed median project. Based on input received from the community meeting, staff evaluated four additional alternatives. At their meeting on April 6, 2016, staff provided the Public Works Commission five (5) viable options for the installation of the raised median with a staff recommendation of a slightly different variant than that provided with the grant application. Staff's recommendation took additional factors into consideration such as uniformity in access among the shopping centers, and the need for additional southbound left turn queuing at Chino Hills Parkway. 58/139 AGENDA DATE: APRIL 26, 2016 PAGE 2 SUBJECT: CONCEPT DESIGN APPROVAL FOR THE PIPELINE AVENUE RAISED CONCRETE MEDIAN PROJECT The Commission reviewed the five alternatives and agreed with staff's selection of a revised layout subject to including two additional left-in access points for the north drive aisle for Roscoe's, and the north drive aisle for 24-Hour Fitness. The Commission felt that both of these access points were needed to facilitate truck traffic into these two shopping centers. Staff concurred that this would be beneficial for truck circulation and has since added these two left-in only pockets to the attached exhibit. CEQA REVIEW: At the October"14, 2014 City Council meeting, the project was determined to be exempt as a Class 1(c) Categorical Exemption (Existing highways and streets, sidewalks, gutters, bicycle and pedestrian trails and similar facilities), pursuant to Section 15301 of Guidelines for the California Environmental Quality Act. Class 1 includes a minor alteration of existing public structures and facilities, involving negligible or no expansion of use beyond that existing at the time of the lead agency's determination, including "(c) Existing highways and streets, sidewalks, gutters, bicycle and pedestrian trails, and similar facilities[.]" Cal. Code Regs. tit. 14, § 15301. Construction of a raised median is of negligible or no expansion. REVIEW BY OTHERS: This item has been reviewed by the Finance Director. FISCAL IMPACT: This project is included in the FY 2015-16 Capital Improvement Program budget. Respectfully submitted, Recommended by: c A 1 -- . C.,._:21J---• d' i Konradt Bartlam, City Manager Steven C. Nix, city Engineer SN/MR/PS Attachment: Concept Design Exhibit 59/139 . 7177 or I 6£6/09 n _ ' s . .. — 1 / 7 111 c 1 .-Aj il '''' $0 r { "".4"41 , . . . s _ iI * { i ' ;y.,_ ° I. f 1. Itoir lc I r }_J,1 1141' siFN . r ... , ..,-.7+y � I I�S I! . I TT,,,[t. .I. _ p,. N' 7' °{ tx 41I � JIIIIIII � I l .F IxF „skr u., 1 E.4 ii n. I e• ' ; ,. II it c. I [.11 l I I f r. t 1 , ,T.7�..i. , �\ # , + I � 'I°til '1`.I� ,`�+�'1;. r- ri- I-`I.t ':i ,.e r-• . E+„ r- 17 ,, 'I -.. 1 I ii II ' ' .1 • -''.7..' -1:11r y. „ I.aypl�"I: i r I .r .,k ` f I'4 a ,: +' — w Y. 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