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COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 17
April 25, 2000
for the Second Street Extension
Jon Elam, City
staff to monitor traffic volumes on Central Boulevard and O’Hara Avenue
and to return to Council with a recommendation to construct the Second
Street Extension once the level of service at the intersection of existing
O’Hara Avenue and Central Boulevard reaches level of service “E,” or business
owners along O’Hara Avenue request relief from the traffic congestion,
whichever occurs first.
recommendation to construct the Second Street Extension shall be accompanied
by a detailed analysis of the assessment district financing of the roads
in the area and if or to what extent the business owners should be reimbursed
by the City for any oversizing costs of O’Hara Avenue. The analysis should include the cost of the road, the right
of way width, the cost of the right of way, Facility Fee credits received
by the businesses and cash contributions by the City towards the construction.
staff to coordinate seeding of the Second Street right of way with the
Equus Group and prepare an agreement to reimburse Equus on a percentage
and square foot basis for the seeding and maintenance of the right of
May 14, 1996, the City Council approved Resolution No. 96-53 approving
a Right of Way Contract to purchase the right of way for the Central Boulevard
and O’Hara Avenue realignment for the purchase price of $636,100.
July 15, 1997, the Planning Commission by a 5-0 vote adopted Resolution
97-33 recommending the northerly extension of Second Street.
July 22, 1997, the City Council denied a General Plan Amendment dealing
with the Second Street extension, but directed staff not to sell the right
of way and hold it for future reconsideration by the Council.
April 11, 2000, the City Council directed staff to retain the right of
way and return to Council with a slightly modified recommendation.
the City grows, traffic concerns, which in the past were only vague items
for discussion, have become real and pressing needs. The Second Street extension falls into that category.
The recent opening of Walnut from Dainty to Central and the Sand
Creek/O’Hara loop has opened up traffic and improved vehicular flow so
that it may be difficult to imagine why the Second Street extension is
so important. It is!
one needs to do is to realize that even though the City is currently reviewing
its General Plan, the build-out population of the City will undoubtedly
reach three and possibly four times its current population. We already experience unacceptable delays in driving across
town. With the previous annexation
of the northwest area and the anticipated annexation of the central area
later this spring, the smooth and continuous flow of traffic along the
future O’Hara/Second Street corridor starts to come into focus.
This corridor will be a major conduit of people, cars, and commerce
into the downtown core. It makes no sense to congest that corridor by
inserting two “T” intersections, as the alignment now exists.
previous Council struggled with this question as a result of lobbying
by the businesses along the then existing 600-foot long O’Hara.
The existing traffic volumes on this road until a few weeks ago
consisted of traffic going to and from these individual businesses.
Traffic volumes were less than 1,500 vehicles per day.
The business owners understandably wanted traffic volumes to increase
as rapidly as possible in front of their businesses.
Staff concurs with this desire and believes that the best possible
approach for all parties would be to allow traffic to increase until it
becomes a problem and then to construct the Second Street Extension to
relieve the congestion. If
the right of way is sold, that congestion relief will not be possible.
volumes for the original stretch of O’Hara incorporating the Second Street
Extension are 9,000 vehicles per day in 2010, with an additional 18,900
vehicles per day on the new Second Street extension. Nine thousand vehicles per day is an acceptable level of traffic
for this road. To give the
Council a feel for this traffic volume, it relates to existing Walnut
Boulevard between Balfour and Oak Street.
It also relates to a traffic volume that will allow movement into
and out of the existing businesses, which the traffic study indicated
as being a problem if Second Street was not extended.
extension of Second Street has been analyzed by a host of experts from
every corner of the professional spectrum.
They include the City Engineer, the City’s Economic Development
Director, the City Traffic Engineer, Police Chief, Fire Chief, and two
separate Traffic Engineering Consultants.
All are unanimous in their support for this road extension, but
see no reason for it to be built prematurely.
Improved north/south traffic for the City
access to downtown
term increased tax revenue due to improved access to downtown business
already own the right of way
Economic Development Director
separate Traffic Engineering Consultants
expensive in current up-front cost
up-front development fees due to smaller Equus Group site
desired by the businesses on existing O’Hara
a previous agreement signed by the developer and the City, the City agreed
to build the Second Street extension at its expense within the right of
way purchased. Therefore,
there are no real cost savings in trying to include the road extension
into the Equus Group Project since the City is paying for it whenever
it is built. Staff believes
that the win scenario for all concerned is to allow Equus to proceed with
their project with the major access off O’Hara Avenue, and save the City
roadway money for more pressing current needs.
Only build the extension when absolutely necessary.
City Manager and City Engineer held a breakfast meeting with business
owners along O’Hara north of Central to discuss the various options.
The business owners were unanimous in their support for Option
1, to retain the right of way for future construction.
The owners have seen a significant increase in traffic and were
already noticing difficulty in pulling out of their driveways.
City Council at its April 11, 2000 meeting directed staff to retain the
right of way, but requested that staff return with a slightly modified
their meeting of April 18, the Planning Commission required the Equus
Group to seed the area north of their first two buildings with rye grass
and wild flowers. Since the
Second Street right of way will be unused for a number of years, it seems
appropriate to have Equus seed this area also and maintain it along with
the remainder of their lot. The
City should then reimburse Equus for our proportional share of the cost
of this seeding and maintenance.
Staff has included a recommendation along these lines.
14, 1997 – Traffic Study
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