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School Circulation Improvements

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At the February 27, 2013 City Council meeting, The Public Works Department provided a report to the City Council on various school related traffic issues.  Click here to view the PowerPoint presentation.

Below is a summary of the issues, recommended actions, police department enforcement and meetings held by the team at the specific school sites.

HARADA ELEMENTARY SCHOOL
Issue: Parents dropping off and picking up students result in neighborhood parking intrusion and congestion.
Harada El
Recommended Action: Prohibit westbound left turns from Merry Meadows Drive at the school driveway. This would alleviate the traffic congestion on Oakdale and Merry Meadows Drive. Recently, the School District constructed a concrete pad on Scholar Way so that parents can use this street for dropping or picking up students in lieu of using neighborhood streets. Additionally, the School District is planning to construct a parking lot for school staff to remove neighborhood parking.

Police Department Enforcement: Harada Elementary School is situated within a residential neighborhood. Traffic concerns appear to be directly related to inadequate parking options for parents. The residential roads of Merry Meadows and Oakdale are narrow, and permit only one lane of traffic in each direction. During peak hours before and after school, vehicles park on both sides of the roadway and further narrows the lane available for through traffic. Wrong-way driving and impeding traffic are prevalent. To detour wrong-way drivers on Merry Meadows, a “cue line” lane was established by painting a white line along the south side of the roadway to direct drivers to wait in line at the south curb before proceeding into the parking lot to drop off or pick up students. This measure has been moderately successful and has improved traffic flow. Prohibiting left turns from westbound Oakdale, and erecting “no parking” signs have been suggested in order to improve traffic flow on Merry Meadows. Creating additional parking as previously discussed would also allow more efficient traffic flow surrounding Harada Elementary. Enforcement of unsafe u-turns, parking violations, intersection gridlock and failure to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks is ongoing.

Meetings Held: February 13, 2013 and February 20, 2013 City Staff met with Principal and Vice Principal to discuss issues and review recommended actions.

EASTVALE ELEMENTARY/ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL/RIVER HEIGHTS INTERMEDIATE SCHOOL
Issues:
At these three schools, there are approximately 6,000 students attending the elementary, intermediate, and high school. This cluster of schools on Scholar Way creates a significant challenge given the fact that portions of Scholar Way and Schleisman have not been constructed to their full street width. Parents now park on the east side of Scholar Way, although the shoulder is unimproved and has no sidewalks. Also, there is no pedestrian signal for students to cross Scholar Way at Orange Street.

Recommended Action: Construct a sidewalk and parking lane on the east side of Scholar Way between Schleisman and Baltimore and modify the traffic signal at Scholar Way and Orange Street by adding a pedestrian signal head. The parking lane will be used to drop or pick up students who will then cross Scholar at Orange Street with the addition of a pedestrian signal head. To pay for this estimated improvement of $269,000, the City will apply for grant funding in April 2013. In March 2013, there will be a call for projects for SB 821 and federal safety funds.

Meeting Scheduled: On February 20, 2013 with Eastvale Elementary to discuss issues and review recommended actions.

EASTVALE ELEMENTARY
Issues:
During the morning and afternoon peak hours, southbound through traffic on Scholar Way at its intersection with Schleisman is impeded due to traffic congestion. This is caused by eastbound Schleisman traffic turning right at Scholar Way. Motorists block the intersection by either dropping or pickup students. Also, the current lack of sidewalks on the north side of Orange Street, west of Scholar Way, results in students walking in the street.

Recommend Action: Remove the existing asphalt curb at the southwest corner of Scholar Way and Schleisman and remove or relocate the existing guard rail. This will provide a separate eastbound right turn lane to the southbound through traffic on Scholar Way. The estimated cost for this improvement is $175,000. The City will also apply for similar grant funds for this project.

**July 2012: the City received grant funding to construct a sidewalk on the north side of Orange Street. Design commenced in March 2013 and pending state approval of the plans, construction will be completed August 2013.

Police Department Enforcement: Traffic concerns appear to be directly related to inadequate parking options for parents. Scholar Way between Orange St. and Schleisman Ave. allows for one lane of traffic in each direction. Vehicles park on the east and west sides of the street. The west side of Scholar Way has a white painted curb for unloading of passengers. Parking is prohibited by signs. However, motorists commonly park along the white curb and along the red curb area to the north. These vehicles block the intersection and prevent traffic from freely flowing southbound. Enforcement in this area is limited to the red curb area to ensure the free flow of southbound traffic. Parking is permitted along the east side of the Scholar Way. The intersection of Scholar and Orange is controlled by a signal light. There is no crosswalk. Pedestrians from the vehicles parked on the east side of Scholar Way frequently cross Scholar Way mid-block between Schleisman Ave. and Orange St. Enforcement of jaywalking in this area is ongoing. In addition, enforcement of gridlock at the intersection of Orange St. and Scholar Way is ongoing.

Meeting Held: On February 20, 2013 City staff met with school to discuss issues and review recommended actions.

ROOSEVELT HIGH SCHOOL
Issues: The existing flashing beacon at the intersection of Scholar Way and Baltimore creates delays. Studies are being conducted to verify if the intersection meets warrants for a traffic signal. A traffic signal would provide right of way assignment for both pedestrians and motorists. The limited street width on Citrus results in traffic congestion between Scholar Way and Sumner. Additionally, parents dropping off students in the residential area of Citrus and County Fair create parking and neighborhood traffic congestion.

Recommended Action: The City will apply for grant funding to install a traffic signal at Scholar Way and Baltimore if warrants are met. The estimated cost would be $350,000. Lennar Homes will widen Citrus to four lanes between Sumner and Scholar Way and install a traffic signal at Citrus and Sumner. The street widening will alleviate traffic congestion on Citrus and the neighborhood streets. With the added capacity on Citrus parents will most likely not use residential streets to drop off their students.

Police Department Enforcement: Traffic concerns appear to be directly related to inadequate parking options for parents. The campus parking lots are more than adequate in size and capacity. However, the available parking lots on Scholar Way most often remain closed. This results in heavy congestion on northbound and southbound Scholar Way for vehicles bottle-necked into a single point of entry. Enforcement of unsafe u-turns, parking violations, intersection gridlock and failure to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks is ongoing. Intersection gridlock, unsafe speeds, and parking violations are enforced in the neighborhoods surrounding Roosevelt High School.

Meetings Scheduled/Held: None requested

ROSA PARKS ELEMENTARY
Issue: Parents dropping off and picking up their children create traffic congestion on Harrison and Whispering Hills Drive.

Recommended Action: City staff is coordinating efforts with School District Safety Officer to develop a solution to alleviate the traffic congestion on Harrison. The City is also working with DR Horton to restripe Whispering Pines to provide parking on the north side, which would be used as a drop off area.

In regards to assigning crossing guards at other locations on Scholar Way and Schleisman, Public Works is conducting a study to determine if warrants for a crossing guard are met. The study should be completed within 30 days. Under an agreement executed between CNUSD and the City, the costs shall be shared equally for crossing guards. Any additional crossing guards assigned would have to be agreed between the City and School District.

Police Department Enforcement: Traffic concerns appear to be directly related to inadequate parking options for parents. On Harrison Ave, southbound traffic flow is blocked in the number two lane for kindergarten drop off in the northeast bus lane. This blockage and back-up extends north and often blocks exits from the residential neighborhood north of the school. Red Zone parking on Whispering Hills creates back-up of traffic where the roadway narrows west of the school. Enforcement of unsafe u-turns, parking violations, intersection gridlock and failure to yield to pedestrians in the crosswalks is ongoing.

Meeting scheduled: On February 13, 2013 City staff met with school principal to discuss issues and review recommended actions.

Significant effort has been made by City Staff, CNUSD, and the Police Department to improve traffic flow and safety near the schools.

** Many of these improvements will be subject to receiving state and federal funds.**  Public Works will be working on the grant applications in March 2013.

Please contact the Eastvale Public Works Department if you have additional comments and questions: 951-361-0900

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