CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: December 13, 2005
Subject/Title: Approve a Resolution authorizing submittal of an application
to the California Department of Transportation Bicycle Transportation
Account (BTA) for funds in the amount of $156,000 in FY 2006/07 for the
bicycle and pedestrian improvements included in the Brentwood Boulevard
Widening – Central Project, CIP 336-3149
Prepared by: Karen Wahl, Grants Program Manager
Submitted by: Bailey Grewal, City Engineer
Approve a resolution authorizing the submittal of a grant proposal to be
funded by the State of California Bicycle Transportation Account, fiscal
year 2006/07 and authorizing the City Manager and/or City Engineer to
execute and submit all documents which may be necessary for Brentwood
Boulevard Widening from Central Boulevard to Nancy Street, CIP 336-3149.
The Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) provides State funds for city and
county projects that improve safety and convenience for bicycle commuters.
The program is consistent with the Legislature’s intent when it adopted the
California Bicycle Transportation Act. Competitive grants are awarded to
eligible local agencies by the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans)
on an annual basis. This year, $5 million is available statewide for
projects. Projects cannot exceed $1.25 million in total cost, although the
awards history shows that most projects are awarded approximately $100,000
To be eligible for BTA funding, the City must have an adopted Bicycle
Transportation Plan that complies with the eleven required elements stated
in Section 891.2 of the Streets and Highways Code. The East Contra Costa
County Bikeway Plan was developed in conjunction with the cities of Antioch,
Oakley, Pittsburg and Contra Costa County and provides a blueprint for a
bikeway network of both on- and off-street connections throughout East
Contra Costa County. The Bikeway Plan was approved by the City of Brentwood
on September 27, 2005, by the Contra Costa Transportation Authority on
December 19, 2001 and by the California Department of Transportation Bicycle
Facilities Unit on March 22, 2002.
Program funds are available for the following types of projects:
• new bikeways serving major transportation corridors
• new bike lanes removing travel barriers to potential commuters
• secure bicycle parking at employment and transportation centers
• bicycle carrying facilities on public transit vehicles
• traffic control devices that improve the safety and efficiency of bicycle
• elimination of hazardous conditions on existing bikeways
• improvement and maintenance of bikeways
Staff, in accordance with the East Contra Costa County Bikeway Plan 2005
Update and the 2005/06 – 2009/10 Capital Improvement Program, and with the
agreement of the Engineering Department, recommends an application be
submitted for the bicycle and pedestrian improvements included in the
Brentwood Boulevard Widening – Central Project , CIP number, 336-3149 as a
priority project for BTA grant funding.
The estimated total cost in the 2005/06 – 2009-10 CIP for the Brentwood
Boulevard Widening – Central Project is $1,217,500. The preliminary estimate
of bicycle and pedestrian improvements within the project are $174,000. The
Bicycle Transportation Account will fund a maximum of 90% of the project
cost and the City must provide a minimum of 10% as matching funds. The
project budget will provide a match far above the required 10% and funds
have been budgeted from facility fees in the Brentwood Boulevard Widening –
Central Project, CIP 336-3149 2003/04 – 2007/08 Capital Improvement Program.
Funding Engineering/Design Right of Way Construction Total Percent
BTA Funds 20,000 195,000 215,000 80%
Local Funds 25,000 10,000 20,000 55,000 20%
Total 25,000 30,000 215,000 270,000 100%
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF BRENTWOOD AUTHORIZING THE
SUBMITTAL OF AN APPLICATION TO THE CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION
BICYCLE TRANSPORTATION ACCOUNT (BTA) FOR FUNDS IN THE AMOUNT OF $156,000 IN
FY 2006/07 FOR THE BICYCLE AND PEDESTRIAN IMPROVEMENTS INCLUDED IN THE
BRENTWOOD BOULEVARD WIDENING – CENTRAL PROJECT, CIP 336-3149 (THE “PROJECT”)
WHEREAS, consistent with the California Bicycle Transportation Act, the
Bicycle Transportation Account (BTA) provides for disbursement of funds from
the State Transportation Funds for eligible claimants for the purpose of
bicycle projects that improve safety and convenience for bicycle commuters;
WHEREAS, the California Department of Transportation Bicycle Facilities Unit
administers the Bicycle Transportation Account; and
WHEREAS, the California Department of Transportation has requested
applications from eligible agencies for the 2006/07 fiscal year; and
WHEREAS, said procedures established by the California Department of
Transportation Bicycle Facilities Unit require the Applicant’s Governing
Body to certify by resolution the authorization to make application to the
program and certify the availability of the required 10 percent local match;
WHEREAS, the City of Brentwood will enter into an agreement with the State
of California for the Project.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Brentwood
1. Approves the filing of an Application for local assistance funds
administered under the California Department of Transportation Bicycle
Transportation Account for the Project.
2. Certifies that the City of Brentwood has or will have sufficient funds to
provide the required minimum 10 percent match for the grant.
3. Authorize the City Manager and/or the City Engineer to execute and file
the project application pursuant to the terms of the Bicycle Lane Account
Program and pursuant to applicable rules and regulations, along with all
necessary supporting documents with the California Department of
Transportation for allocation of Bicycle Transportation Account funds for
fiscal year 2006-2007.
PASSED, APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the City Council of the City of Brentwood at
a regular meeting held on the 13thth day of December 2005 by the following
Margaret Wimberly, CMC
Bicycle Transportation Account
I. Application Information
Applicant Agency: City of Brentwood
Address: 150 City Park Way
City: Brentwood County: Contra Costa State: CA Zip: 94513
Contact Person: Karen Wahl, Grant Program Manager
Phone: (925) 516-5159 E-Mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
State Legislative Districts: Senate 7 Assembly 15 Caltrans District: 4
II. PROJECT INFORMATION
Project Title: Bike Lanes & New Pedestrian Crosswalk - SR4 Widening -
Project Location: SR4 (Brentwood Blvd.) Nancy Street to Central Blvd.
Project Type: (Check all that apply)
Class I Bikeway 0 Class II Bikeway 1 Class III Bikeway 0 Other 1
Project Description: In the space provided, describe the project scope,
purpose, and need. Include a map to scale with north arrow detailing the
project location, length, limits, land uses, and destinations served.
A 1,500 lf Class II bikeway is proposed on the east and west sides of SR 4
(Brentwood Boulevard) between Woodfield Lane and Central Boulevard in the
City of Brentwood. In addition, the gap in sidewalks will be closed with the
addition of 5' wide sidewalks on both sides of the new roadway and a new
crosswalk will be established at the intersection of Village Drive and SR 4
(Brentwood Boulevard) approximately 800 feet north of the intersection of
Village Drive and SR 4. The new bikeway and crosswalk are a part of the
larger Brentwood Boulevard Widening - Central project.
Since SR 4 (Brentwood Boulevard) is a heavily traveled road including heavy
commercial truck traffic, construction of the bikeway and pedestrian
improvements will create a safer riding environment which will encourage
additional commuter bicycling. The bike lanes will also provide a continous
route to connect to Marsh Creek Regional Trail north of Woodfield Lane.
The bicycle and pedestrian improvements will close the gap for bicyclists
traveling north and south from residential areas on the east and west side
of Brentwood Boulevard to Los Medanos College and Brentwood Technology
Center as well as the Village Drive Resource Center, the Safeway Shopping
Center. Liberty Union High School, Liberty Adult Education Center, the City
Hall complex, Brentwood Library and City Park as well as the downtown . The
addition of a pedestrian crosswalk at Village Drive will provide safer
crossing for residents of the area who are primarily low and very-low
III. EVALUATION CRITERIA
(To be completed by applicant)
Eligible BTA projects are those that serve the functional needs of bicycle
commuters. Accordingly, BTA project applications will be evaluated as
Excellent, Good, Fair, Poor, or Ineligible according to the following
criteria. In the space provided, describe how well the proposed project
fulfills the following program criteria.
1. Will bicycle commuters be the primary users of the proposed project?
SR 4 (Brentwood Boulevard) is the most direct route into central Brentwood
from residential areas in all directions. Sections of Brentwood Boulevard
have been improved to four lanes with bike lanes but this section of roadway
between Woodfield Lane and Central Boulevard remains narrower and has a high
ADT, reported by Caltrans at PM 39.32 as 1,445 westbound only. The proposed
bike and pedestrian improvements will encourage more use for each mode of
travel by increasing safety.
2. Does the proposed project have the potential to increase bicycle
This project has a high potential to increase bicycle commuting. Addition of
bike lanes will encourage bicyclists to use the route.
3. Is the proposed project the best alternative for the situation?
Yes. The City of Brentwood Engineering Department evaluated four conceptual
alignment alternatives. This alternative is the only solution to provide
continuous and safe bicycle lanes to connect to other bicycle facilities to
the north and south of the location.
4. Will the proposed project improve bikeways and/or amenities that support
bicycle commuting e.g. bicycle parking, lockers, showers, lighting, call
boxes, maps, and bicycle safety education programs?
Yes. The proposed project will improve the City of Brentwood bikeway system
by closing the gap between sections with bike lanes and sections currently
5. Will the proposed project provide or improve bikeway continuity to
activity centers such as public buildings, transit terminals, business
districts, shopping centers, schools, etc.?
Yes. It will increase access to the downtown including the Safeway Shopping
Center, Liberty Union High School, the Liberty Adult Education Center,
Village Drive Resource Center, Los Medanos College and the Brentwood
IV. PROJECT BUDGET
Funding Engineering/Design Right of Way Construction Total Percent
BTA Funds $0.00
Local Funds $158,090.00
V. PROJECT SCREENING CRITERIA
A. Local Match
1. Will applicant provide the local share as indicated in the project budget
(Note: The minimum local share required is 10% of the total project cost.) Y
1 N 0
2. What is the estimated completion date of the proposed project? Month July
B. Bicycle Transportation Plan (BTP)
1. Name of BTP applicant is using to establish eligibility for BTA funding?
BTP: E. Contra Costa Co. Bikeway Plan 2005 Update BTP Adopted Date:
2. Name of Regional Transportation Planning Agency (RTPA)
RTPA: MTC BTP Approval Date: 11/2/2005
3. Is the BTP approved by the BFU? Y 1 N 0
4. Is the applicant submitting a BTP for BFU approval? Y 0 N 1
5. Is the project consistent with the BTP? Y 1 N 0
6. BTP page number identifying the proposed project. Page No.: 10, 25
C. Evidence of California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Compliance
BTA projects must be in compliance with the applicable provisions of the
California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) by the BTA application submittal
date. The lead agency is responsible for preparing the required
environmental documentation, making the appropriate environmental
determination, and submitting it with the application.
VI. APPLICATION SIGNATURE
An authorized representative of the applicant agency must sign the
application. The undersigned affirms that the statements contained in the
application package are true and complete to the best of the applicant’s
Title: Balwinder S. Grewal, City Engineer
Distribution: Local agency sends original and one copy to the DLAE. DLAE
forwards original to BFU and retains copy for district file.
Bike Lanes & New Pedestrian Crosswalk - SR4 Widening - Central
Northbound Brentwood Blvd. at Central Ave./Sycamore Ave. Left photo shows
substandard sidewalk ending abruptly and encroached by trees and shrubs.
Right photo shows the existing roadway is not wide enough for bicycle lanes.
Northbound Brentwood Blvd. at Village Drive. Substandard sidewalks in need
of repairs. Existing roadway does not allow for bicycle lanes.
Southbound Brentwood Blvd. at Broderick Dr. The west side of the roadway has
no facilities for pedestrians or bicyclists.