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TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF THE CITY COUNCIL
FROM: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS
DATE: JULY 16, 2002
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR SIDEWALK ALONG CREST ROAD
Consider the request from the Rancho Palos Verdes Estates HOA to construct a new sidewalk along Crest Road from its current terminus at the Camellia Trail to Avenida de Rosa.
In 1998 the residents of Rancho Palos Verdes Estates requested that a new sidewalk be constructed along Crest Road to provide safe access to their neighborhood from Palos Verdes Drive East. At that time pedestrian access from Palos Verdes Drive East ended at Ganado Drive. In response to this request a new asphalt sidewalk was constructed from Ganado Drive to the southerly Camellia Trail Head, a distance of approximately 500 feet. The cost of this construction was approximately $12,000. See attached exhibit map.
In early 2001 the residents of Rancho Palos Verdes Estates requested that the sidewalk constructed in 1998 be extended an additional 3400 feet to Paseo de Pino. The request was made at an April 21, 2001 budget policy workshop. At that time staff estimated construction costs at approximately $200,000. The principal reason for the high cost is that a significant amount of rock will need to be excavated along Crest Road to permit sidewalk construction within the parkway. Since that time the residents have revised their request and are now requesting that the new sidewalk be extended up to Avenida de Rosa, a distance of approximately 600 feet. However this reach still includes the need to excavate rock.
At their May 23, 2001 meeting, the City Council approved funding for an engineering study to consider sidewalk options and to prepare plans, specifications and cost estimate to provide pedestrian access along Crest Road. The City Council specifically requested staff to investigate an alternative that minimizes rock excavation by narrowing the roadway to provide a wider parkway. The City Council further requested staff to investigate potential funding sources and to request that the Rancho Palos Verdes Homeowners Association be approached about sharing costs.
Staff met several times with the residents of Rancho Palos Verdes Estates, and the engineering study has been completed. The report and discussions with residents determined the following:
Given the high cost of construction and the limited area of benefit, it would be consistent with the City Council’s past practice to deny the request from the Rancho Palos Verdes Estates HOA.
If the City Council is inclined to approve the construction of a new sidewalk there staff has developed three options for consideration:
Option Two: Approve the construction of a new sidewalk with the parkway of Crest Road for Reach Two Only. This would require pedestrians who wish to access Palos Verdes Drive East from Avenida de Rosa to utilize the Camellia Trail. Staff estimates the costs of this option at $ 25,000.
Option Three: Approve the construction of a new sidewalk within the parkway of Crest Road for Reach Two, and authorize staff to construct trail improvements for the portion of the Camellia Trail between its two access points with Crest Road. The improvements would consist of placing decomposed granite along the trail surface. Staff estimates the costs of this option at $ 40,000.
There is no funding for this project in the adopted FY 2002 - 03 Budget. The only available funding source is the City’s General Fund.
If the City Council approves either Option One, Two or Three above, staff will establish a new capital project, return with a budget adjustment for funding, advertise the plans for construction, and return to the City Council when a construction contract is ready for award.
Dean E. Allison
Director of Public Works
July 10, 2002 correspondence from Ron Melendez, President of the Rancho Palos Verdes Estates HOA
Photographs of Reach One and Two
Engineer’s Estimate of Cost
Exhibit of Options One, Two and Three
Reach One – Steep Rock within the parkway
Reach Two – Level Parkway, little rock
Camellia Trail within the on-site open space area