Santa Cruz County
CA

Agenda Item
DOC-2021-360

Adopt resolution approving the Project Baseline Agreement between the State of California, the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission and the County of Santa Cruz for the Watsonville-Santa Cruz Multimodal Corridor Program, authorize the Chair of the Board to sign the Project Baseline agreement, and take related actions, as recommended by the Deputy CAO/Director of Public Works

Information

Department:DPW: Road DesignSponsors:Deputy CAO/Director of Public Works Matt Machado
Category:DPW RDDES - Board LetterFunctions:Land Use & Community Services

Financial Impact

Although adoption of the resolution has no immediate financial impact, by adopting the resolution and siging the Project Baseline Agreement, the County is confirming intent to provide approximately $9 million in matching funds. Half of the funding will be provided by SB1 funds, while the source of the remaining $4.5 million is under discussion. The funds will not be needed until FY 2022-23.

Board Letter

Recommended Actions

1)              Adopt resolution approving the Project Baseline Agreement between the State of California (State), the Santa Cruz County Regional Transportation Commission (SCCRTC) and the County of Santa Cruz (County) for the Watsonville-Santa Cruz Multimodal Corridor Program;

 

2)              Authorize the Chair of the Board to sign the Project Baseline Agreement on behalf of the County; and

 

3)              Direct Public Works to return the signed Project Baseline Agreement with a certified copy of the authorizing resolution to SCCRTC for their signature and execution by the State.

 

Executive Summary

Public Works is requesting Board approval for a Project Baseline Agreement with the California Transportation Commission (CTC), California Department of Transportation (Caltrans), SCCRTC and the County for the Watsonville-Santa Cruz Multimodal Corridor Program (WSCMCP).  The County is the implementing agency for the Soquel Drive Buffered Bike Lane and Congestion Mitigation Project portion of the WSCMCP. The County will receive approximately $16.5 million in grant funding and will be required to provide a match of approximately $9 million.

 

Background

The SCCRTC and the County were awarded a Solutions for Congested Corridors Program (SCCP) and Local Partnership Program (LPP) grants for the Watsonville-Santa Cruz Multimodal Corridor Program (WSCMCP). The WSCMCP has three contracts and they are:

 

1.              Highway 1, 41st Avenue to Soquel Avenue Auxiliary Lanes, Bus on Shoulder and Chanticleer Bike/Ped Bridge.

 

2.              State Park to Bay/Porter Auxiliary Lanes, Bus on Shoulders and Mar Vista Bike/Pedestrian Overcrossing.

 

3.              Soquel Drive Buffered Bike Lane and Congestion Mitigation Project.

 

Caltrans and SCCRTC are the implementing agencies for the first two contracts, and the County is the implementing agency for the third contract.

 

Soquel Drive is an arterial that is part of the local road network.  It is the primary route for active transportation on the inland side of Highway 1 and is used by transit buses to provide access to residences, businesses, and schools.  The route is highly congested due to the overflow from Highway 1, which results in significant delays for transit buses.  With a desire to keep most of the cross-county trips on Highway 1, the Soquel Drive Buffered Bike Lane and Congestion Mitigation project focuses on active transportation, transit bus improvements and operational intersection improvements for Soquel Drive.

 

Analysis

The SCCP and LPP grants will provide approximately $107.2M of funding towards all three contracts.  The third contract that will be implemented by the County will receive approximately $16.5 million in grant funding and will require a match of approximately $6 million for construction and approximately $3 million for design and right of way.  The three projects will provide congestion relief and improvements to active transportation for the Watsonville-Santa Cruz multimodal corridor.  Therefore, there is a mutual desire between the State, SCCRTC and the County to enter into a Project Baseline Agreement.

 

If the attached resolution is adopted, the Chairperson will be authorized to sign the Project Baseline Agreement on behalf of the County, and Public Works will return the signed Project Baseline Agreement and a copy of the authorizing resolution to the SCCRTC for their signature and execution by the State.

Body

Strategic Plan Element

3.B, C (Reliable Transportation - Community Mobility, Local Roads)

This action will help Public Works to meet the goal of growing alternative transportation and upgrading road safety.

Meeting History

Apr 27, 2021 9:00 AM Video Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting

Resolution No. 97-2021

RESULT:APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]
MOVER:Ryan Coonerty, Third District Supervisor
SECONDER:Manu Koenig, Vice Chair, First District Supervisor
AYES:Manu Koenig, Zach Friend, Ryan Coonerty, Greg Caput, Bruce McPherson

Discussion

Dear Supervisors, I am glad to see that the Soquel Drive corridor bike lanes will receive safety improvements. I urge the Board to allocate funds from the recent $53 million federal COVID and infrastructure revenues to cover the $9 million County match for this grant to ensure the work happens. Thank you. Sincerely, Becky Steinbruner
Posted by Becky Steinbruner on 4/27/2021 at 12:56 PM