Bicycle & Pedestrian
Lake County Pedestrian Facility Needs Inventory and Engineered Feasibility Study
In recent years, the notion of walkable communities has been strongly encouraged by government agencies at all levels for a variety of beneficial purposes. Within the Lake County region, a lack of adequate pedestrian facilities connecting employment, commercial, and residential centers remains a key barrier to improving pedestrian mobility. This project will explore the needs, priorities, and feasibility of improving identifiable deficiencies within the pedestrian network of the region’s cities and unincorporated communities. Ultimately, the project will develop a plan providing options and recommendations leading to the eventual construction of new and infill pedestrian facilities and/or crossings within the region.
Transportation Planning Projects
Eleventh Street Corridor Multi-modal Engineered Feasbility Study
The proposed study will analyze transportation alternatives along the Eleventh Street corridor within the City of Lakeport. Expanding on a recent City prepared right-of-way evaluation, it will examine costs and options for Complete Street improvements with a focus on expanding multi-modal use and improving safety for non-motorized and transit dependent users of the corridor. Improvements along the subject corridor, which is one the City’s primary east-west arteries to the downtown and lakefront areas, would be consistent with several goals and policies of both the Lake County Regional Transportation Plan and the California Transportation Plan regarding multi-modal facility needs, accessibility and safety.
Highway 20 Northshore Communities Traffic Calming Plan and Engineered Feasibility Study
Along the northern shore of Lake County’s Clear Lake, State Route 20 serves a dual role as an interregional throughway as well as a “Main Street” through several unincorporated towns, with roadside recreational and commercial uses playing a large role in their day to day activities. The proposed project will analyze current conditions and formulate traffic calming projects including bicycle, pedestrian and transit friendly options intended to improve the attractiveness and overall livability of the area. Input from County, Caltrans and Tribal government representatives, along with a series of community workshops, will be used to develop prioritized lists of improvements.
Lake Transit Authority Bus Passenger Facilities Plan
Lake Transit Authority (LTA) strives to provide mobility for all residents of Lake County. The existing transit system presents barriers to ridership for residents with impaired mobility or those who are unfamiliar with the existing transit routes and bus stops. The project will explore opportunities for both improving the existing infrastructure and expanding the information services and infrastructure to better serve the needs of new users and members of the public with a greater need for transit accessibility. A multi-jurisdictional strategy will be developed coordinating State, regional, county, and city government resources to more seamlessly implement and maintain bus passenger facilities in the region.
Other Planning Projects
Pavement Management Program Inventory Update
The Pavement Management Program in Lake County was originally developed in three phases. Each phase included network identification, pavement condition surveys, data input and PCI calculations. Phase I was completed in 1995 and included the Federal Aid Secondary roads within the jurisdictions of Lake County, City of Lakeport and City of Clearlake. Phase II, concluded in June 1996, included 202 miles of roads within the three jurisdictions. Phase III added 178 miles of roads within the jurisdictions of Lake County, the City of Lakeport and the City of Clearlake.
As part of the APC’s 2004/2005 Overall Work Program, a complete update of the entire county’s Pavement Management Program was conducted, including field surveys, budget scenarios, and funding recommendations. This update utilized MTC’s StreetSaver version 7.5. In addition, the project included a component to link the PMP databases to the County and the Cities’ Geographic Information System (GIS) street centerline files.
Again, in the 2007/08 Overall Work Program, a complete update of the entire county’s Pavement Management Program was conducted, including field surveys, budget scenarios, and funding recommendations. This update utilized MTC’s StreetSaver program and included the component to link the PMP databases to the County and the Cities’ Geographic Information System (GIS) street centerline files. Further updates occurred in the 2010/11 and 2014/15 Overall Work Programs.
There are now a total of approximately 602 miles of road within the programs for all three systems. The Lake County database includes approximately 510 miles (which includes approximately 2 miles of pavement at the County’s airport facility); the City of Lakeport database now includes approximately 29 miles; and the City of Clearlake database now includes 63 miles.
Use of the program varies among the agencies. Some agencies utilized the program as a preventive maintenance programming tool and have performed in-house pavement condition surveys, while others have not fully utilized the program or entered new data.
A project has been included in the APC’s 2017/18 Overall Work Program to provide for consultant services to update the Pavement Management Programs for the County of Lake, the Cities of Clearlake and Lakeport, and County Service Area #2, Spring Valley utilizing the StreetSaver program. This will include conducting condition surveys and updating databases for each agency. In addition, each agency’s GIS linkage will need to be revised as appropriate for compatibility with the updated survey data. Reports on the conditions, needs, and budget scenarios will be included as well. Training on the use of the StreetSaver program for local agency staff is also part of the project.
Countywide Sign Inventory Project
This project will provide support services to agencies within Lake County involved with the roadway transportation system, aviation, bike/pedestrian, and transit planning in agreement with the goals and objectives of the Lake County Regional Transportation Plan. Previous work associated with this project includes the development of a countywide roads database; accident database; culvert, sign, and bridge inventories; speed zone database; and a bus stop and shelters database.