Rancho Palos Verdes City Council
   

TO:

TO: HONORABLE MAYOR AND MEMBERS OF CITY COUNCIL

FROM: DIRECTOR OF PUBLIC WORKS

DATE: FEBRUARY 4, 2003

SUBJECT: TRAFFIC AND ENGINEERING SPEED SURVEYS

Staff Coordinator: Nicole Jules, Sr. Engineer

RECOMMENDATION:

Adopt Resolution 2003- , A Resolution of the City Council of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes establishing speed limits on various streets.

BACKGROUND

In accordance with the California Vehicle Code, radar or laser enforceable speed limits in the City of Rancho Palos Verdes are generally established by one of two methods. If the roadway meets the definition of an arterial or collector, the prima facie speed limit is determined by utilizing a Traffic and Engineering Speed Survey. On the other hand, if the roadway is classified as a residential roadway, a speed limit of 25 miles per hour applies and no survey is needed. The California Vehicle Code further states that to be enforceable, the survey must be prepared every five years.

The City’s consultant Traffic Engineer recently completed the Traffic and Engineering Speed Survey with input and direction from City staff. The street segments surveyed allow for speed enforcement by the Lomita’s Sheriff’s Department which utilizes radar or laser speed determination equipment. The selection of street segments is based upon previously studied streets.

DISCUSSION

The City is required to file the Traffic and Engineering speed survey with the local courts. The survey is utilized by the Traffic Commissioner as supporting documentation for the enforcement of speed violations. The surveys are required to be updated every seven years per the California Vehicle Code or if other circumstances and changes create a need for a new survey.

Speed evaluation data was collected at 12 different roadway segments on 7 different roadways in the City. As seen on the Speed Zone Table in Exhibit A, existing speed limits are being retained on all 12 roadway segments. On four of the twelve roadway segments, PVDW/PVDS (Hawthorne Blvd to Seawolf Drive), Crenshaw Blvd (Crest to Seacrest), Indian Peak Road (Crenshaw Blvd to RHE City Limits) and Ridgegate Drive (Hawthorne Blvd to Highridge Road), the 85th percentile speed was greater than 5 miles per hour above the posted speed limit. In all four cases, the speed limit was retained at the existing posted speed due to consistency and character of neighboring land uses.

At the January 27, 2003 Traffic Committee Meeting, the Traffic Committee approved the recommended speed limits at the various locations throughout the City.

CONCLUSION

Adopting staff’s recommendation will retain and re-establish a reasonable and enforceable speed limit along various roadways throughout the City.

FISCAL IMPACT

The recommended action will have no negative fiscal impact

Respectfully Submitted,

Dean E. Allison

Director of Public Works

Reviewed,

Les Evans

City Manager

Attachments:

Exhibit A: Speed Zone Table

Resolution 2003-

RESOLUTION NO. 2003-__

A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF

RANCHO PALOS VERDES ESTABLISHING SPEED LIMITS ON VARIOUS STREETS

WHEREAS, engineering and traffic surveys have been conducted on various streets within the City as required by provisions of the California Vehicle Code; and

WHEREAS, it has been determined that the establishment of speed limits that are reasonable and safe will facilitate the orderly movement of vehicular traffic within the City;

BE IT, THEREFORE, RESOLVED BY THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF RANCHO PALOS VERDES:

Section 1. Speed limits are established on the following streets in accordance with Section 15.32.010 and 15.32.020 of the City of Rancho Palos Verdes Traffic Ordinance adopted pursuant to Section 10.04.010 of the Rancho Palos Verdes Municipal Code:

ROAD SURVEYED LIMITS

Armaga Spring Road 08/25/97 35 miles per hour on Armaga

Spring Road from Indian Valley Road to Highridge Road.

Crenshaw Boulevard 10/10/96 45 miles per hour on Crenshaw

Boulevard from Rolling Hills Estates City boundary south of Silver Spur Road to Crest Road.

Crenshaw Boulevard 07/02/02 45 miles per hour on Crenshaw

Boulevard from Crest Road to Northerly City limits.

Crenshaw Boulevard 07/02/02 35 miles per hour on Crenshaw

Boulevard from Sea Crest Drive to Crest Road.

Crest Road 10/10/96 40 miles per hour on Crest Road

from Ganado Drive to Rolling Hills City Boundary north of Ganado Drive.

Crest Road 10/10/96 45 miles per hour on Crest Road

from Ganado Drive to Palos Verdes Drive East.

Crestridge Road 07/02/02 40 miles per hour on Crestridge

Road from Crenshaw Boulevard to Highridge Road.

Forrestal Drive 10/10/96 35 miles per hour on Forrestal

Drive from terminus of Forrestal Drive north of Pirate Drive to Palos Verdes Drive South.

Granvia Altamira 10/10/96 35 miles per hour on Granvia

Altamira from Palos Verdes Estates City Boundary north of Monero Drive to Hawthorne Boulevard.

Hawthorne Boulevard 10/10/96 45 miles per hour on Hawthorne

Boulevard from Rolling Hills Estates City Boundary south Palos Verdes Drive North to Silver Spur Road. 25 miles per hour – Truck traffic in northbound direction only.

Hawthorne Boulevard 04/30/02 45 miles per hour on Hawthorne

Boulevard from Indian Peak to Grayslake Road/Highridge Road.

Hawthorne Boulevard 07/02/02 45 miles per hour on Hawthorne

Boulevard from Vallon Drive to Palos Verdes Drive West.

 

Highridge Road 10/10/96 35 miles per hour on Highridge

Road from Hawthorne Boulevard to Rolling Hills Estates City Boundary south of Peacock Ridge Road.

Indian Peak Road 07/02/02 40 miles per hour on Indian

Peak Road from Crenshaw Boulevard to Rolling Hills Estates City Limits.

La Rotonda Drive 04/06/93 35 miles per hour on La Rotonda

Drive from Paseo Del Mar to Palos Verdes Drive South.

Miraleste Drive 10/10/96 35 miles per hour on Miraleste

Drive from Palos Verdes Drive East to Los Angeles City Boundary south of First Street.

 

Montemalaga Drive 05/16/02 35 miles per hour on

Montemalaga Drive from Silver Spur Road to Palos Verdes Estates City Boundary.

Palos Verdes Drive East 10/10/96 30 miles per hour on Palos

Verdes Drive East from southerly City boundary of Rolling Hills Estates to Diamonte Lane.

Palos Verdes Drive East 10/10/96 35 miles per hour on Palos

Verdes Drive East from Diamonte Lane to Ganado Drive.

Palos Verdes Drive East 02/24/98 35 miles per hour on Palos

Verdes Drive East from Ganado Drive to Palos Verdes Drive South.

Palos Verdes Dr. S/25th Street 07/02/02 45 miles per hour on Palos

Verdes Drive South/25th

Street from Palos Verdes Drive East to Los Angeles City Limit.

Palos Verdes Drive South 07/02/02 45 miles per hour on Palos

Verdes Drive South/Palos

Verdes Drive West from Hawthorne Blvd to Seawolf Drive.

Palos Verdes Drive South 07/02/02 45 miles per hour on Palos

Verdes Drive South from

2400’ west of Schooner Drive to PVDE.

Palos Verdes Drive South 07/02/02 40 miles per hour on Palos

Verdes Drive South from

1500’ east of Seacove Drive to 2400’ west of Schooner Drive.

Palos Verdes Drive West 10/10/96 45 miles per hour on Palos

Verdes Drive West from Hawthorne Boulevard to southerly City Boundary of Palos Verdes Estates.

Paseo Del Mar 04/06/93 40 Miles per hour on Paseo Del

Mar from Palos Verdes Drive South to La Rotonda Drive.

Ridgegate Drive 04/26/02 30 miles per hour on Ridgegate

Drive from Hawthorne Blvd. to Highridge Road.

Silver Spur Road 10/10/96 40 miles per hour on Silver Spur

Road from Rolling Hills Estates City Boundary north of Elkmont Drive to Rolling Hills Estates City boundary south of Silver Arrow Drive.

Western Avenue 09/12/97 45 miles per hour on Western

Avenue from Lomita City Boundary to John Montgomery Drive.

Western Avenue 09/12/97 35 miles per hour on Western

Avenue from John Montgomery Drive to southerly City boundary of the City of Los Angeles.

Section 2. All previous resolutions and orders establishing speed limits within the City of Rancho Palos Verdes are hereby rescinded.

Section 3. The City Clerk is hereby ordered to file certified copies of this resolution with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office.

Section 4. The speed limits established in Section 1 of this resolution shall become effective upon posting of the speed limit signs.

PASSED, APPROVED, AND ADOPTED THE 4TH DAY OF FEBRUARY, 2003.

MAYOR

ATTEST:

CITY CLERK

Resolution No. 2003-

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