Monday, October 11, 2010

12th Street Improvement Project

The City has been awarded $900,000 in federal funds from the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to upgrade the existing traffic signal system on 12 th Street corridor from Richards Boulevard to L Street. The 12th Street Corridor Safety Improvement Project (T15115000) was established and federal funding in the amount of $900,000 was programmed with the adoption of the FY2010/11 Capital Improvement Program.

12th Street also contains high pedestrian concentrations. Along with the two light rail stations, there is high pedestrian activity in the vicinity of the Loaves and Fishes, and around the K Street Pedestrian Mall.

Formerly, 12th Street between Richards Boulevard and F Street was under the jurisdiction of Caltrans. The roadway was relinquished to the City of Sacramento and the City has inherited a number of issues associated with the condition of the traffic signals. Also, the light rail programming and train detection has not been updated since 1987 when light rail started operations.

The proposed improvements are as follows:

• Rebuild the entire electrical system along the corridor to meet current City, Light Rail, Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and Public Utility Commission (PUC) safety standards and address the operational and safety issues with the traffic signal/Light Rail Transit (LRT) system.

• Improve signing and striping along the corridor to better indicate lane assignments for all corridor users. Vertical delineators will be added to augment the separation between trains and vehicles.

• Existing deteriorated and compromised conduits and wiring will be replaced.

• The project will install countdown pedestrian signals at all intersections, and provide Leading Pedestrian Intervals (LPI) at locations with high pedestrian activity, disabled or senior citizens.

This Tuesday the 12th; City Council will adopt a resolution to move forward with this project. Report

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