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By Joe Naiman
Village News Reporter 

Local Roadway Safety Plan work to return to TAC

 

Last updated 9/23/2020 at 4:25am



The introduction of the Local Roadway Safety Plan for San Diego County was an information item rather than a voting item at the Sept. 11 meeting of the county’s Traffic Advisory Committee, although data and potential recommendations will return to the TAC in the near future.

“It’s very much conceptual at this point,” Ben Baker, an engineering technician for the county’s Department of Public Works, said.

The Local Roadway Safety Plan will allow the county a framework for organizing stakeholders to identify, analyze and prioritize roadway safety improvements on county-maintained roads. The LRSP will focus on identifying crash problems and roadway risk factors and providing potential countermeasures. The plan will also be a critical component in the county’s attempt to obtain grant funding.

LLG Engineering is analyzing the county's traffic collision data between Jan. 1, 2015, and Dec. 31, 2019.

“We will look at all collisions in the last five years,” K.C. Yellapu of LLG Engineering said. “We will look at this data and we will figure out any patterns.”

During the five-year period 16,245 collisions were reported on roads under jurisdiction of the county.

The TAC reviews requests for regulatory measures such as speed limits, stop controls and traffic signals. Any regulatory matters must be ratified by the San Diego County Board of Supervisors. If a road design or other nonregulatory solution is recommended, board of supervisors’ approval is needed only for a construction contract exceeding the amount DPW can spend without a Board of Supervisors action. The TAC is part of DPW.

The TAC includes representatives from the California Highway Patrol’s Oceanside, El Cajon and border stations and also includes representatives from the California Department of Transportation, the Sheriff’s Department, DPW, the San Diego County Regional Fire Authority, the San Diego County Office of Education, the San Diego County Bicycle Coalition, the San Diego Safety Council, Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of San Diego, a public member representing the Second Supervisorial District and a public member representing the 3rd District and 5th District.

“You have industry specialists on the committee, you have law enforcement,” Kenton Jones, TAC secretary, said. “We can probably provide some input.”

LLG Engineering will work with the TAC to evaluate the findings and make recommendations for an integrated approach.

“We want to make sure that this document actually helps reduce the crashes,” Yellapu said.

The next TAC meeting will be held Oct. 23.

“At that meeting we will be presenting collision trend analyses, we will be presenting our findings,” Yellapu said.

A draft LRSP including recommendations will be presented at the Dec. 11 TAC meeting, although the TAC review will not necessarily include a recommendation for adoption on that date.

“I would really like that (DPW’s division of) Traffic Engineering reach out to the community,” Jones said. “I just don’t want it to be a surprise to the community.”

Jones indicated the possibility of a workshop focusing on the LRSP.

“That might be beneficial,” he said.

Yellapu also said that community input will be part of the final LRSP.

“We also want to discuss recommendations with the community at large. It’s going to be a while before we finalize that,” he said.

Joe Naiman can be reached by email at [email protected]

 

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