Traffic Safety Measures for 7th Street in Ramona

DATE: November 9, 1999 
TO: Board of Supervisors
SUBJECT:TRAFFIC SAFETY MEASURES FOR 7th STREET IN RAMONA

SUMMARY:
Adoption of this Board letter will allow for the establishment of a twenty-five mile per hour speed limit along 7th Street in the community of Ramona.

Recommendation: 
SUPERVISOR JACOB:

1. Find pursuant to Section 15301 (c) of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) guidelines that the following actions are exempt from environmental review since they are part of the operation of an existing street.

2. Adopt the attached resolution which would allow for the establishment of a twenty-five mile per hour speed limit on a County roadway adjacent to a children's playground located in a public park.

3. Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to install twenty-five mile per hour speed limit signs at various locations along 7th Street in Ramona as requested by community residents.

4. Direct the Chief Administrative Officer to work with the California Highway Patrol to have the new twenty-five mile per hour segments of 7th street in Ramona certified for radar enforcement and to increase speed limit enforcement along this road once the new speed limit signs are installed.

Fiscal Impact: 
The above actions can be performed using resources in the current budget.

BACKGROUND: 
Several residents from the community of Ramona have requested the installation of additional twenty-five mile per hour speed limit signs along certain sections of 7th Street in Ramona. These individuals, however, have asked that the signs be placed along sections of a circulation element road that do not meet the criteria under the California Vehicle Code necessary to warrant a twenty-five mile per hour speed limit.

County Department of Public Works staff has recently determined that the signs could be legally installed along this road if the Board of Supervisors adopts a resolution authorizing the establishment of a twenty-five mile per hour speed zone for a roadway adjacent to a public park playground. The adoption of the resolution would allow the twenty-five mile per hour signs to be installed along 7th Street and enforced under the California Vehicle Code.

If this item was to be considered by the Traffic Advisory Committee under its standard review procedure, it would not be brought before the Board of Supervisors until next January at the earliest. Because of the need to increase safety along this roadway as soon as possible, I am bringing this item forward separately from the standard Traffic Advisory Committee agenda.

I urge you to adopt the attached resolution and approve the establishment of a lower enforceable speed limit along 7th Street in the community of Ramona.

Respectfully Submitted,

DIANNE JACOB
Supervisor, Second District