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File #: ID 20-001432    Version: 1 Name:
Type: Action Item Status: Agenda Ready
File created: 10/15/2020 In control: City Council
On agenda: 10/22/2020 Final action:
Title: ***BILL NO. 48 (Intro. 10/15/2020) (For adoption) - Amending the uncodified ordinance to adopt changes and additions to the official list of designated special speed zones for various streets within the City of Fresno pursuant to Section 14-1501 of the Fresno Municipal Code (Citywide) (Subject to Mayor's Veto)
Sponsors: Public Works Department
Attachments: 1. 20-001313 Amended Ordinance, 2. 20-001313 Proposed Speed Limit Changes & Additions - 2020
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REPORT TO THE CITY COUNCIL

 

 

October 15, 2020

 

 

FROM:                     SCOTT L. MOZIER, PE, Director

Public Works Department

 

THROUGH:                     ANDREW J. BENELLI, PE, City Engineer/Assistant Director

                                          Public Works Department

 

BY:                                          JILL M. GORMLEY, TE, City Traffic Engineer/Traffic Operations & Planning Manager

                                          Public Works Department

 

                                          

SUBJECT

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***BILL NO. 48 (Intro. 10/15/2020) (For adoption) - Amending the uncodified ordinance to adopt changes and additions to the official list of designated special speed zones for various streets within the City of Fresno pursuant to Section 14-1501 of the Fresno Municipal Code (Citywide) (Subject to Mayor's Veto)

 

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RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Staff recommends that the attached Special Speed Zone Ordinance be introduced at this time, prior to the final adoption at the next scheduled meeting of the City Council.

 

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

 

The purpose of this item is to introduce an amended Ordinance to update the official list of designated special speed zones pursuant to Section 14-1501 of the Fresno Municipal Code (FMC). The update is to reflect speed changes and additions which have been made due to development, increased traffic volumes, annexations, locations left off of previous ordinance and construction of new streets and various locations in the City of Fresno. Engineering and traffic surveys have been completed for each speed zone listed, in order to determine speed limits which are “reasonable and safe” as defined in accordance with the requirements of the California Vehicle Code (CVC).

 

BACKGROUND

 

The CVC authorizes local authorities to determine and regulate speed limits on streets under local jurisdiction, subject to certain requirements. Pursuant to CVC Sections 22357 and 22358, speed limits may be adopted in five (5) miles per hour (mph) increments ranging from 25 mph to 65 mph, and must be justified on the basis of engineering and traffic surveys. At the local level, FMC Section 14-1501 provides for an Official List of Special Speed Zones to be kept in the form of an uncodified ordinance.  For this reason, it is not necessary to amend the FMC itself each time speed zones are changed or added.

 

A comprehensive speed zone ordinance was adopted by Council on February 1, 1965, and minor updates were made on July 26, 2005, August 29, 2006, September 18, 2007, July 22, 2008, September 30, 2010, September 22, 2011, March 7, 2013, August 28, 2014, August 21, 2016, September 28, 2017,September 27, 2018, and September 26, 2019. This amendment (or regular update) is relatively minor in scope. The updated list includes posting 20 previously “unposted” and/or newly constructed segments of roadway, lowering the speed limit on 26 segments of roadway and listing one (1) segment omitted from previous Speed Ordinances. Engineering and traffic surveys in compliance with CVC requirements were completed for each zone listed.

 

The chart below summarizes the proposed speed limit changes and additions:

 

STREET

FROM

TO

PREVIOUS  SPEED LIMIT

RECOMMENDED  SPEED LIMIT

Fulton

Ventura

Inyo

30 MPH

25 MPH

Fulton

Inyo

Tuolumne

NP

25 MPH

Hamilton

Chestnut

Winery

NP

25 MPH

R Street

Fresno

Tulare

30 MPH

25 MPH

San Pablo

Nees

El Paso

30 MPH

25 MPH

Sierra

Cedar

Maple

NP

25 MPH

Van Ness

Tulare

Fresno

30 MPH

25 MPH

Warner

First

Herndon S. Frontage Road

NP

25 MPH

Winery

Hamilton

Butler

NP

25 MPH

Beechwood

Brawley

Valentine

NP

30 MPH

Brawley

Herndon

Locust

NP

30 MPH

California

Walnut

Fruit

35 MPH

30 MPH

Eastshore

Westshore

Lakeshore

35 MPH

30 MPH

Fancher Creek

Fowler

Armstrong

***

30 MPH

Maple

Copper

Copper River

35 MPH

30 MPH

Saddleback

Dakota

Shields

NP

30 MPH

San Pablo

Olive

Belmont

35 MPH

30 MPH

Spruce

Van Ness

Marks

35 MPH

30 MPH

Thorne

Nielsen

Belmont

35 MPH

30 MPH

Westshore

Lakeshore

Eastshore

35 MPH

30 MPH

Ashlan

Maroa

Fresno

40 MPH

35 MPH

Blackstone

Herndon

Friant

40 MPH

35 MPH

First

Olive

McKinley

40 MPH

35 MPH

Forkner

Shaw

Warner

40 MPH

35 MPH

Friant

Fresno

Blackstone

40 MPH

35 MPH

Peach

Butler

Kings Canyon

40 MPH

35 MPH

Shields

Cedar

Maple

40 MPH

35 MPH

Van Ness

Alluvial

River Bottom

40 MPH

35 MPH

Ashlan

Blythe

Polk

45 MPH

40 MPH

Blackstone

Bullard

Herndon

45 MPH

40 MPH

Gettysburg

Hayes

Bryan

***

40 MPH

Maple

Perrin

Plymouth

NP

40 MPH

Maple

Shepherd

Perrin

45 MPH

40 MPH

Orange

SR 99

Railroad

45 MPH

40 MPH

Perrin

Willow

Sommerville

45 MPH

40 MPH

Ashlan

Polk

Grantland

50 MPH

45 MPH

Ashlan

SR 168

Chestnut

50 MPH

45 MPH

Armstrong

Olive

Clinton

NP

45 MPH

Blackstone

Eaton Trail

Madera County Line

NP

45 MPH

Brawley

Clinton

McKinley

45 MPH1

45 MPH

Dakota

Peach

Lind

NP

45 MPH

Temperance

Kings Canyon

California

NP

45 MPH

West

Jensen

California

NP

45 MPH

Temperance

Church

California

NP

50 MPH

Walnut

Annadale

North

NP

50 MPH

California

Hughes

Marks

NP

55 MPH

West

Jensen

North

NP

55 MPH

 NP = Speed limit “not posted” MPH = miles per hour 1= Not included in previous updates *** = newly constructed roadway segments

 

ENVIRONMENTAL FINDINGS

 

This is not a “project” for the purposes of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA), pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15378, as updating the Speed Zone Ordinance will not result in direct or indirect physical changes to the environment.

 

LOCAL PREFERENCE

 

Local preference does not apply because updating the Special Speed Zone Ordinance does not include a bid or an award of a construction or services contract.

 

FISCAL IMPACT

 

No fiscal impact will occur as a result of updating the Special Speed Zone Ordinance.  Maintenance and replacement of traffic signs is a regular budgeted expense which will not change as a result of this update.

 

 

Attachment:

Amended Ordinance

Proposed Speed Limit Changes & Additions - 2020