Highlights from the City Manager's Weekly Update: Third and Fourth Streets Traffic Calming Survey Available

Each week, the City of Coronado City Manager's Office provides an update that includes information on programs, services and issues within the City, as well as news, project updates and follow-up information when applicable.  Featured below are highlights from that update. The entire City Manager’s Weekly Update can be found on the City's website.

Third and Fourth Street Traffic Calming Meeting

A workshop Wednesday, August 6, was held to solicit input on various concepts developed to calm traffic and improve safety and mobility on the Third and Fourth Streets Corridor. It was well attended. Fehr and Peers, the City’s selected traffic engineering consultant, presented three alternative concepts: (1) emphasis on traffic signals; (2) emphasis on traffic calming tools such as raised crosswalks, speed tables and bulb-outs; and (3) emphasis on pedestrian and bicycle travel, featuring wider sidewalks and landscaping. Approximately 200 people attended the meeting. At the end of the presentation, the audience participated in a “sticky dot” exercise where they could indicate what elements of the various alternatives they liked by placing a green sticky dot next the item. Red sticky dots were used to indicate what elements they did not like. Everyone in attendance also was provided a comment card for concerns and observations. The PowerPoint presentation that was shown at the meeting is posted on the City’s website, along with a survey that can be taken by the public to provide additional feedback. Once all the feedback has been analyzed, the consultant will make a recommendation on a preferred alternative.

Roundabout Opening

The Pomona Roundabout opened on Friday, August 1, and it was business as usual for commuters who had to take detours around the construction site for about six weeks. Drivers will benefit from the traffic-calming project at the oddly shaped, three-way intersection. The roundabout is helping reduce vehicle speeds and improving bike and pedestrian mobility. The project also upgraded storm drains and infrastructure, and beautified the area. The City appreciates the community’s patience while the project was under construction. The contractor completed the major work on the project, enough to open the roundabout and to earn a financial incentive the City offered to complete the project early. The lanes in the roundabout include the City’s first shared-lane pavement markings, also known as “sharrows.” They are becoming more popular. Sharrows (pictured below) are bicycle symbols that guide bicyclists to the best place to ride and remind motorists they can expect to see bicyclists on the road and that they must share the lane.

Sales Tax Revenue Increasing

The City of Coronado’s sales tax revenue is increasing. Coronado receives 1 percent of California’s 7.25 percent sales tax base for items purchased in the City. The City contracts with a private firm, HdL to track, monitor and if needed appeal California Board of Equalization allocations of sales tax. According to HdL, Coronado’s allocation of sales tax revenues from January-March was 11.2 percent higher than the first quarter of 2013. The bulk of Coronado sales tax comes from restaurants and hotels, both of which enjoyed a very solid first quarter of the year. The increase does not take into account a reporting anomaly by the State, which wrongly failed to report revenue from a quick service restaurant. It will be corrected by the next reporting quarter. The budgeted revenue from sales tax and state allocation of sales tax in-lieu revenue for Fiscal Year 2014-15 is $2.9 million.

Street Preventive Maintenance Project FY 13-14

The City is preparing to begin its annual slurry sealing of certain streets in town. The City applies slurry seal to extend the life of its streets. Each street gets a slurry seal every seven years. Minor “digouts” are being made before work begins along those streets receiving the pavement work this year. Those streets are E, F and G avenues. The work is set to begin the week of August 11. Temporary road closures will be required along the affected streets, which include E Avenue, from First Street to Isabella Avenue; F Avenue, from First Street to Ocean Boulevard; G Avenue, from First Street to Tenth Street; and H Avenue, from First Street to Olive Avenue. A slurry seal is a type of seal coat composed of asphalt emulsion, fine aggregates, mineral filler, various additives, and water, all of which are mixed and applied from a truck. It is a cost-effective and proven way to extend the life of roads. Once applied, the slurry will fill small surface cracks, stop raveling and improve the skid resistance of the pavement. Click here or the map above for a larger image.

Naval Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach

The San Diego County Regional Airport Authority Airport Land Use Commission has released the Airport Land Use Compatibility Plan for the Navel Outlying Landing Field Imperial Beach. The southern end of the Coronado Cays is within the Airport influence Area. Although the deadline noted on the document is August 1, the Airport has extended the date for the City of Coronado to submit comments on the plan, which is available for public review on the Airport Authority’s website.

PD Makes Theft Arrest

Coronado Police Detectives served a local search warrant on Tuesday, August 5, related to a theft using a fraudulent PayPal account. Coronado Police Detectives arrested a Coronado resident and were able to recover numerous items of property purchased with stolen funds. Items seized by Coronado Police Detectives included furniture, televisions and gaming consoles. The value of the seized property is estimated to be worth approximately $4,000.

Upcoming Meetings: 

  • The Bicycle Advisory Committee meets at 3 p.m. on Monday, August 4, at City Hall, 1825 Strand Way.
  • The City Council meeting regularly held on the first Tuesday of the month has been canceled for August.
  • The Historic Resource Committee meeting regularly held on the first Wednesday of the month has been canceled for August.
  • Third/Fourth Street Traffic Workshop is set for 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, August 6, at the Community Center Nautilus Room, 1845 Strand Way.
  • The Coronado Tourism Improvement District meeting will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, August 7 at City Hall.
  • The Cultural Arts Committee meeting originally set for August 7 has been canceled.

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Comment by Kim Moreno on August 11, 2014 at 7:24am
I attended the public meeting last week on Traffic Calming measures proposed for the third and fourth street corridor to which I live in proximity. The presenters were knowledgable and made a thorough study. There are, regrettably, few solutions or tools that can effectively remedy the issues of safety, noise and movement through our residential community. The mistakes were made years ago and the Navy, CalTrans and the City have no intention to truly address the problems other than through these "calming" measures.

One example of a calming measure is the bulb-out created at Third and F Avenue. The basic premise of this improvement was that by making pedestrians more visible to drivers and reducing the width of the street to be crossed! safe pedestrian crossing could be attained. That has not been the case. When asked to explain, neighborhood children quickly responded: "They (drivers) DON'T WANT to stop because they're in a hurry". Another neighborhood child suggested that bright, blinking lights activated by the pedestrian might work, which is one of the tools the commission looked at in this study.

The remaining "tools" considered included more traffic lights, lane reductions and bike lanes, all of which, in my view, would exacerbate rather than calm the traffic problem.

Sometimes doing "nuthin" is the best, or in this case, the least counter-productive alternative.
Comment by Mayor Casey Tanaka on August 11, 2014 at 2:27pm
Well put!

Staff
Comment by John Tato on August 16, 2014 at 8:43am

These photos of the young boy  who was hit by a car at the intersection of Fourth Street and B Avenue on April 21 and his bike show what happens when you do "nuthin."  He is still recovering from extensive head injuries.  If nothing is done it is only a matter of time before someone is killed trying to cross Third and Fourth Streets.  (Before posting the image of the injured boy I received the permission of his mother.)   

Comment by Toni Mc Gowan on August 16, 2014 at 10:55am
God bless, that sweet family... That broke all of our hearts. The one light that came from that accident is that it also rallied our Third and Fourth Street neighborhood. I lived in a community that tragically lost a child that way. Then, they finally put up that long controversial stop sign. It was a physical pain the entire town felt. It is horrific. We can prevent that here. We should have safer routes to school. Bulb-outs are but a meager start to solutions we should already be implementing.

The Bicycle Master Plan specifically noted Fourth and B, where that accident occurred, as a danger - especially to children after school. That plan is on the City website.

When my children were in school, we did not even have a crossing guard on 3rd and 4th consistently, and so I am grateful for the bulb-outs, especially when I walk with my granddaughter across Third Street at F.

And respectfully, I have to counter comments that bulb-outs are to allow cars to see pedestrians. They are not. And their lies the problem - old thought on transit planning - all about "cars" first. Bulb-outs are not for cars at all. They are for pedestrians. To allow them to better see oncoming cars by bringing them out further - without having to enter the street to view around obstacles. Bulb-outs are a start to putting our children first!

What we have to sink our teeth into is that our children deserve SAFE ROUTES TO AND FROM SCHOOL. That is not negotiable. In fact, there is special funding for just that purpose. That means at 6:00am for Polo, and 8:00pm after a game or performance, as well as normal class time, there should be SAFE designated and marked crossings. Other, less affluent San Diego cities have posted-routes and "walking school busses." It is not time to stop and do nothing. That is what we have been doing. How's that working for everybody?

There are very cool new ideas out there..and they have this thing now...called the internet, where you can look them up.

Like.... All designated school and park routes should have ground level "pedestrian" "foot-activated" lights with huge mondo friggin bulb-outs. Not interested in the needs of resident drivers in a hurry to get across our Third and Fourth Street neighborhood... darting out alleys and across lettered streets (like most every single one of us has done). Times have changed ... cars no longer own our roadways. All transportation agencies are putting livability first. People, pets, and planning are taking back our TAF neighborhood.
Comment by Eva Yakutis on August 18, 2014 at 6:23pm

Thank you for your leadership, John.

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