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File #: 2022-0723   
Type: Motion / Motion Response Status: Filed
File created: 10/7/2022 In control: Planning and Programming Committee
On agenda: 11/16/2022 Final action: 11/16/2022
Title: RECEIVE AND FILE status report on the SR-14 Traffic Safety Improvements Project.
Sponsors: Board of Directors - Regular Board Meeting
Indexes: Agua Dulce, Alignment, Ara Najarian, Board approved a Motion, Call For Projects, I-5, James Butts, Joint Powers Agreement, Kathryn Barger, Measure R, Mitigation, Motion / Motion Response, Multimodal, North Los Angeles County (subregion), Pearblossom, Project, Project Status Report, Safety, Southern California Highways, SR-1, SR-14, Traffic safety, Vehicle miles of travel
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - SR-14 Traffic Safety Improvements Motion 10
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PLANNING AND PROGRAMMING COMMITTEE
NOVEMBER 16, 2022


Subject
SUBJECT: SR-14 TRAFFIC SAFETY IMPROVEMENTS PROJECT

Action
ACTION: RECEIVE AND FILE

Heading
RECOMMENDATION

Title
RECEIVE AND FILE status report on the SR-14 Traffic Safety Improvements Project.

Issue
ISSUE

In August 2022, the Board approved Motion 10 (Attachment A), authored by Directors Najarian, Butts, and Barger, which asked the CEO to direct staff to work with Caltrans to find a path forward to correct non-standard freeway configurations at 3 locations along State Route 14 (SR-14), including the development of a funding plan for the environmental clearance phase of the project, and to provide monthly progress updates to the Board.

Background
BACKGROUND

In January 2019, the North County Transportation Coalition (NCTC), a Joint Powers Authority (JPA) consisting of the unincorporated areas of North Los Angeles County (5th District), City of Palmdale, City of Lancaster, and City of Santa Clarita, initiated a planning effort to evaluate potential traffic safety improvements on SR-14, through the North Los Angeles County region.

In collaboration with NCTC, the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) prepared a Traffic Safety and Operational Analysis Report (TSOAR) to examine the operational conditions on the SR-14, from Interstate 5 (I-5) to Pearblossom Highway/ Angeles Crest Highway. This study identified safety, operational and environmental benefits that would result from adding a general-purpose lane between the bottleneck gaps.

Within the study limits, the number of lanes on SR-14 fluctuate roadway between 2 to 3 lanes in each direction. These lane "drops" increase the number of merging conflicts, resulting in sideswipe, and rear-end collisions. Fatal and fatal-plus-injury crash rates on both northbound and southbound SR-14 exceed the state average. The fatal-plus-injury and total accident rates for both northbound and southbound direction increase at th...

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