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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 11

Meeting Date: July 8, 2003

Subject/Title: Support for Senate Bill 802

Submitted by: Engineering: B. Grewal

Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager

RECOMMENDATION
Approve the attached letter supporting Senate Bill 802, to be addressed to the following:

Senator Tom Torlakson
Assemblyman Guy Houston
Assemblyman Joe Canciamilla
Assemblywoman Lonni Hancock

BACKGROUND
Existing law requires certain transportation funds made available for transportation capital improvement projects be programmed and expended in specified amounts for inter-regional improvements and regional improvements. Existing law specifies the state highway routes that are included in the inter-regional road system and the state highway routes that are eligible inter-regional and inter-county routes.

In February of 2003, Senator Tom Torlakson introduced Senate Bill 802 (SB 802), which would allow Sate Highway Route 239 from State Route 4 in Brentwood to Interstate 580, as an eligible inter-regional and inter-county route. In addition, support for State Route 84 is being requested in this letter.

Both State Route 239 and State Route 84 are intended to connect the communities in East Contra Costa County, East Alameda County, and the Tracy area in San Joaquin County. Since these highways have not been constructed, Contra Costa County is operating Byron Highway (which parallels State Route 239) and Vasco Road (which parallels State Route 84). Byron Highway, carrying over 10,000 vehicles daily, serves as a major truck route between East Contra Costa County, Tracy, and the Central Valley. Vasco Road carries approximately 20,000 vehicles daily between Contra Costa County and Alameda County. Therefore, these routes meet the criteria for inter-regional routes. Designation of these routes as an inter-regional route will allow them to compete for the inter-regional route portion of the State Transportation Improvement Program Funds.

FISCAL IMPACT
Contra Costa County, Antioch, Brentwood and Oakley have jointly implemented a regional traffic mitigation fee to finance any studies or improvements to State Route 4, State Route 239 and State Route 84. There is no fiscal impact to the City at this time.

Attachments:
Letters of Support

July 8, 2003

Senator Tom Torlakson
7th District
2801 Concord Boulevard
Concord, CA 94519

RE: Senate Bill 802

Dear Senator Torlakson:

The City of Brentwood strongly supports Senate Bill 802. We also urge you to include the designation of State Route 84 as an inter-regional route in the bill.

State Route 239 and State Route 84 have been part of the State Highway System since 1957 and 1935, respectively. These highways are intended to connect the communities in East Contra Costa County, East Alameda County and the Tracy area in San Joaquin County. Over 600,000 residents live in these three areas.

Although these highways have not been constructed, Contra Costa County operates Byron Highway that parallels Route 239 and Vasco Road that parallels Route 84. Today, Byron Highway carries over 10,000 vehicles per day with over 15% trucks and serves as a major truck route between East Contra Costa County and Tracy and the Central Valley. Vasco Road carries over 19,000 vehicles per day and is the commute route between Contra Costa County and Alameda County. Both of these routes meet the criteria for Inter-regional Routes.

Recognizing the importance of these inter-regional routes, Contra Costa County, Antioch, Brentwood and Oakley have jointly implemented a regional traffic mitigation fee. Each single-family residential unit pays $7,500 into a regional mitigation fund to pay for improvements to Route 4, Route 239 and Route 84. Designating Routes 239 and 84 as inter-regional routes will recognize their significance in providing mobility, goods movement and economic vitality to the three regions they serve. We recognize that Route 239 and Route 84 will have to compete for funding based on their own merits, but this will allow them to complete for the inter-regional program funds. Once designated, Caltrans will work with the local agencies to identify the alignments and preserve the right of way.

We want to stress to you the importance of these two roads to our community. If there is anything we can do to help you, please feel free to call.

Sincerely,

_______________________________ _____________________________
Brian Swisher, Mayor Bill Hill, Councilmember

_______________________________ _____________________________
Annette Beckstrand, Vice Mayor Ana Gutierrez, Councilmember


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Pete Petrovich, Councilmember

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