Section 5 - REGIONAL TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES PROJECTS
(a) TRANSPORTATION FACILITIES PROJECT SELECTION
The SANBAG Nexus Study required the submission and/or review of a project list representing regional roadways within the urbanized areas of the San Bernardino Valley and the Victor Valley. Submission of the project list and inclusion of projects in the SANBAG Nexus Study is essential to availability of future funding administered by SANBAG for all capital improvement projects within the boundaries of the PLAN SUBAREAS. To receive SANBAG Measure I 2010-2040 Valley Interchange and Major Street Funds and Victor Valley Major Local Highway Project Funds or SANBAG allocations of state or federal transportation funds included in the Measure I 2010-2040 Expenditure Plan, projects must be included in THE PLAN and the SANBAG Nexus Study; absence of a project on the list would prohibit the County from obtaining any regional funding administered by SANBAG for that project. As a result of this restriction, County Public Works developed THE PLAN in response to the funding needs for future regional transportation capital improvement projects resulting from the impacts of new development.
(1) MAJOR ARTERIAL ROAD PROJECTS
For each PLAN SUBAREA, County Public Works submitted a list of Major Arterial Road projects in the PLAN SUBAREAS consisting of all County maintained roads with an existing Master Plan classification of Secondary or greater, per the 1989 General Plan Circulation Element. Given that an update of the County’s 1989 General Plan, including its Circulation Element, is underway at the time THE PLAN is being developed, changes to this list of projects may be necessary following adoption of the 2006 General Plan Update by the Board of Supervisors and subsequent to the adoption of THE PLAN.
Minor revisions have been made to the project list subsequent to adoption of the SANBAG Nexus Study to update the accuracy of the List, such as to reflect currently programmed projects, changes to roadway classifications, and annexations. In some PLAN SUBAREAS, major arterial road projects were removed the Project List due to annexation, listing in a local area transportation facilities plan, or improvements that will be accomplished through developers existing conditions of approval. The Project List may also be revised at other times when appropriate, such as after an annexation within a PLAN SUBAREA or as part of the biennial update of the SANBAG Nexus Study.
(2) TRAFFIC SIGNAL PROJECTS
Although not a requirement of the CMP and the SANBAG Nexus Study, County Public Works also developed a list of traffic signal projects for inclusion in THE PLAN. Traffic Signal projects were identified for construction wherever two of THE PLAN’S major arterial road projects intersect and a signal does not exist currently. Because THE PLAN is intended to mitigate the impacts of development on the County road system, inclusion of traffic signals is a necessary element of mitigating future impacts. Prioritization and construction of a traffic signal projects in THE PLAN will be dependent on whether the traffic signal is warranted.
(3) FREEWAY INTERCHANGE PROJECTS
The list of freeway interchange projects was compiled by SANBAG as part of the SANBAG Nexus Study. The list was originally based upon the interchanges submitted by SANBAG and local jurisdictions for the 2004 Regional Transportation Plan (RTP) and then modified for the Nexus Study after local jurisdiction input. THE PLAN does not contain any additional freeway interchange projects beyond what is identified in the SANBAG Nexus Study. The SANBAG Nexus Study assigns share-of-costs to local jurisdictions based upon “traffic shed areas” (hereafter “Traffic Sheds”). Traffic Sheds represent the geographic area around the interchange from which most of the traffic using that interchange is likely to be drawn. Traffic sheds often encompass more than one local jurisdiction, and the projected growth within a traffic shed has been divided among those local jurisdictions using SANBAG’s GIS system, overlaying the traffic sheds on the traffic analysis zones containing the socio-economic data.
(4) RAILROAD GRADE SEPARATION PROJECTS
SANBAG also compiled a list of Railroad Grade Separation projects for inclusion in its Nexus Study. Only the grade separation projects on the Nexus Study Network were included. This Plan does not add any additional grade separation projects to the Nexus Study list.
(b) PROJECT LISTS BY PLAN SUBAREA
All projects identified in THE PLAN are grouped by PLAN SUBAREA. Specific projects are listed for each PLAN SUBAREA in Appendix 1 - Plan Project List and Cost Estimates. Project Lists are subject to regular review and possible revision, in response to annexations, changes in growth forecasts, updates and amendments to the County General Plan, or any other factors which may be applied to maintain the integrity of THE PLAN and/or compliance with the CMP.
(c) PRIORITIZATION OF PROJECT LISTS
THE PLAN does not prioritize projects. For each PLAN SUBAREA, projects will be identified as priorities once sufficient fees are collected to determine short-term revenue projections and availability. Projects will be programmed based upon factors such as generation of funds within PLAN SUBAREAS, participation with other local jurisdiction, accessibility to required additional funding from SANBAG, and actual development patterns within a PLAN SUBAREA. THE PLAN is an essential, but limited, funding source available to County Public Works and will be used in conjunction with other funding sources to provide a comprehensive plan to meet the overall transportation needs of the County. As such, projects identified in THE PLAN may be programmed, designed, or constructed concurrently with projects funded by other sources to use available funds in the most cost effective and efficient manner possible.
(d) INCLUSION IN GENERAL PLAN CIRCULATION ELEMENT
All projects included in THE PLAN are listed in the Circulation Element of the County General Plan at least thirty days prior to the implementation of a fee for such facilities.