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CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM NO. 11

Meeting Date: March 9, 2004

Subject/Title: Approve a Resolution to adopt the proposed lane configuration with striping changes on Central Boulevard and Rosebrook Court.

Prepared by: Engineering: S. Peiris

Submitted by: Engineering: B. Grewal

RECOMMENDATION
Approve a Resolution to adopt the proposed lane configuration with striping changes in the vicinity of Central Boulevard and Rosebrook Court; and authorize for only school children to use bicycles on the sidewalk on Central Boulevard between Apple Hill Drive to Rosebrook Court only between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

PREVIOUS ACTION
On September 23, 1997, City Council approved Resolution No. 97-209 establishing parking zones in bicycle lanes on Central Boulevard between Rosebrook Court to Pippin Drive between the hours of 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.

BACKGROUND
When Ron Nunn Elementary School was built, Central Boulevard was planned to be a through street. Through other planning, developments and General Plan process, Central Boulevard was changed to a dead end street with bicycle lanes on both sides. Over the last few years the student population has increased and the neighborhood around the school has grown. Furthermore, when parents come to pick up their children at the closing bell time, traffic congestion has significantly increased. The major issue is when parents are waiting to pick up their children in the westbound direction, the through traffic and right turn traffic is delayed; hence some drivers will pursue to drive in the westbound direction in the eastbound lane.

Two weeks ago, staff set up a neighborhood meeting with Summerset I and Summerset II, to discuss their concerns and traffic congestion in this area. During this discussion, they all requested to have a solution to relieve the congestion.

With the existing roadway width and the parkway landscaping area, it is not possible to widen and add an additional westbound lane without taking some landscaping area out and having additional cost. However, staff has redesigned the roadway striping and has come up with an interim solution to avoid the congestion until necessary grant funds are available to construct a permanent solution as outlined in the City’s CIP Project (Ron Nunn School Circulation Roadway). The solution is to keep the same roadway width and install an additional through lane as well as an additional right turn lane for the westbound direction on Central Boulevard. Staff believes the proposed lane configuration will reduce congestion significantly and provide smooth circulation. However, to do this improvement, staff is proposing to eliminate the bike lane on Central Boulevard, east and west of Rosebrook Court for approximately 200 feet. In order to provide school children a safe way to bike to school, staff is proposing to use the sidewalk on Central Boulevard between Apple Hill Drive to Rosebrook Court on school days only between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
If proposed configuration is approved by the City Council, staff is planning to implement this construction during the school’s spring break, which is from March 15, 2004 to March 26, 2004.

FISCAL IMPACT
The funding for this project will use existing Citywide traffic calming funds. The cost estimate for this work will be approximately $7,000.

Attachments:
Resolution
Exhibit “A” (Roadway configuration)

RESOLUTION NO.

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD TO ADOPT THE PROPOSED LANE CONFIGURATION WITH STRIPING CHANGES IN THE VICINITY OF CENTRAL BOULEVARD AND ROSEBROOK COURT; AND GIVE AUTHORIZATION FOR ONLY SCHOOL CHILDREN TO USE BICYCLES ON THE SIDEWALK ON CENTRAL BOULEVARD BETWEEN APPLE HILL DRIVE TO ROSEBROOK COURT ONLY BETWEEN THE HOURS OF 7:30 A.M. TO 8:30 A.M. AND 2:30 P.M. TO 3:30 P.M.

WHEREAS, on September 23, 1997, City Council approved Resolution No. 97-209 establishing parking zones in bicycle lanes on Central Boulevard between Rosebrook Court to Pippin Drive between the hours of 11:30 a.m. to 3:15 p.m.; and

WHEREAS, when Ron Nunn Elementary School was built, Central Boulevard was planned to be a through street. Through other planning decisions, developments and General Plan process, Central Boulevard was changed to a dead end street with bicycle lanes on both sides; and

WHEREAS, over the last few years the student population has been increased and the neighborhood around the school has grown; and

WHEREAS, when parents come to pick up their children at the closing bell time, traffic congestion has significantly increased; and

WHEREAS, two weeks ago, staff set up a neighborhood meeting with Summerset I and Summerset II, to discuss their concerns and traffic congestion in this area; and

WHEREAS, with the existing roadway width and the parkway landscaping area, it is not possible to widen and add an additional westbound lane without taking some landscaping area out and having additional cost; and

WHEREAS, staff has redesigned the roadway and has come up with an interim solution to avoid the congestion until necessary grant funds are available.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the City Council of the City of Brentwood that the City Manager is hereby authorized to give direction to the Traffic Engineer to adopt the proposed lane configuration with striping changes in the vicinity of Central Boulevard and Rosebrook Court; and give authorization for only school children to use bicycles on the sidewalk on Central Boulevard between Apple Hill Drive to Rosebrook Court only between the hours of 7:30 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.

PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at a regular meeting held on the 9th day of March 2004 by the following vote:
 

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