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Posted on: August 27, 2017

UPDATED 11/16/17: Highway 1 Safety & Operational Improvement Project

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Latest Update:


November 16, 2017


The Initial Study/Mitigated Negative Declaration (IS/MND) is in circulation through November 17. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing on the IS/MND at i ts meeting of November 28, 2017. That hearing will take place at 7 pm, at the Emergency Operations Center, 537 Kelly Avenue, Half Moon Bay.


Seymour Street to Wavecrest Road (South) segment:

The City anticipates completion of environmental documents by early January, 2018, with an executed Funding Agreement with San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMCTA) by the end of January, 2018. Following the approval of the Funding Agreement, the City’s design consultant will complete the final plans, obtain Caltrans encroachment permit, and bid/award/construct the improvements during the summer/fall of 2018. South segment project completion is anticipated by February, 2019.


Main Street to Spindrift Way (North) segment:

The City expects completion of environmental documents in February, 2018, and anticipates entering into a Funding Agreement with SMCTA by March, 2018. Following the approval of the Funding Agreement, the City’s design consultant will complete the final plans, obtain Caltrans encroachment permit, and bid/award/construct the improvements during spring, 2019. North segment project completion is anticipated by early 2020


Background:

The Highway 1 Safety and Operational Improvement Project is a set of roadway, signalization, and pedestrian/bicyclist features and upgrades designed to increase safety and improve traffic flow along Highway 1 through portions of Half Moon Bay. It will also provide for improved response times for emergency vehicles, and median landscaping for enhanced aesthetics. When completed, this project will provide safer turning and merging lanes, new traffic signals for safer pedestrian/bicycle crossing, and other pedestrian/bicycle safety improvements.

The project will address improvements on two segments along Highway 1 in Half Moon Bay:

For more information, contact Ray Razavi, City of Half Moon Bay at 650-726-8265 or rrazavi@hmbcity.com


Project FAQs:

How does the Project help to address traffic congestion on Highway 1?
The creation of merge/turn lanes along with the widening of the “pinch point” just north of North Main Street will help reduce traffic back-ups along Highway 1 (includes upgrade to a single lane in each direction with center left turn lane at selected locations).

What is the funding source for the Project’s elements?
Half Moon Bay has received grant funding from the San Mateo County Transportation Authority (SMCTA) for a majority of the project elements. The private Pacific Ridge (Ailanto) development project is providing funding for the Terrace Avenue/Highway 1 improvements including signalization. The City intends to supplement grant funds with impact fees already provided.

What construction impacts are anticipated from the Project?
The Project will include periodic, temporary lane closures, detours, and other traffic disruptions. Nearby neighbors should expect some noise, vibration, and dust. There may be periodic nighttime work. The City will require contractors to minimize impacts, including limiting construction start and end times, providing dust control and street sweeping, and using appropriate traffic control measures.

How was Terrace Avenue selected for a new traffic signal?
The Pacific Ridge (Ailanto) development project is required to install a traffic signal at Terrace Avenue/ Highway 1 as a condition of approval. In addition, the City’s traffic consultant collected extensive traffic data at the Terrace, Kehoe, and Grandview intersections with Highway 1, concluding that signalization is most warranted at Terrace (Caltrans agrees with that determination).

What is Caltrans’ role in the project?
Since Highway 1 is owned by the State of California, Caltrans requires that the City provide reports, plans, and other materials to justify the need for improvements. Caltrans has completed several reviews of the traffic analyses provided the City’s traffic consultant, as well as the Project Engineering Evaluation Report (PEER) being prepared by other City consultants.

What are the steps in the Project?
Presently, the City is in the final stages of completing the PEER for Caltrans’ review, and upon approval can request reimbursement from SMCTA for prospective design and construction work.

What is the anticipated Project schedule?

South segment: anticipated completion of environmental documents in January, 2017; construction begins summer, 2018. North segment: anticipated completion of environmental documents in February, 2018; construction begins spring, 2019.

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