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    18.    
City Council Regular
Meeting Date: 02/14/2017  

SUBJECT:
PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS FOR THE PIPELINE AVENUE MEDIAN PROJECT
 
RECOMMENDATION:
  1. Adopt a Resolution entitled: 
    A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF CHINO HILLS APPROVING THE DESIGN AND PLANS FOR CONSTRUCTION OF A RAISED CONCRETE MEDIAN ON PIPELINE AVENUE FROM CHINO HILLS PARKWAY TO THE NORTH CITY LIMITS (APPROX. 1,800 FEET) PURSUANT TO GOVERNMENT CODE SECTION § 830.6.
     
  2. Authorize staff to solicit bids for construction. 
     
  3. Determine the project to be exempt from review under California Environmental Quality Act of 1970, as amended, Public Resources Code Section 21000 et seq. (“CEQA”) pursuant to Section 15301 of CEQA Guidelines.
BACKGROUND/ANALYSIS:
The City successfully competed for a Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) grant from the State of California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) for the construction of a raised concrete median on Pipeline Avenue, from Chino Hills Parkway to approximately 1,810 feet north.  The estimated cost for this project is $375,000.  The grant was awarded due to the high number of accidents that occur on this segment of Pipeline Avenue which consists of mixed-use commercial retail shops and offices.
 
The project was brought before the Public Works Commission on August 13, 2015 and again on April 6, 2016 wherein several design options were discussed.  The Public Works Commission recommended approval of Alternate E with two additional median cuts added for business access.  The concept design was approved by City Council at their meeting of May 10, 2016.  The approved plans and specifications have been modified to match with this approval.
  
 The project will consist of installation of approximately 3,200 lf of concrete median curb and 1,100 tons of asphalt overlay.
 
Staff recommends approval of the Resolution approving the design and plans for the construction of the raised concrete curb median on Pipeline Avenue pursuant to Government Code Section § 830.6 based on the facts and reasons stated therein.
 
ENVIRONMENTAL (CEQA) REVIEW:
City staff has determined that the project is exempt as a Class 1(c) Categorical Exemption (existing highways and streets, sidewalks, gutters, bicycle and pedestrian trails, and similar facilities), pursuant to Section 15301 of Guidelines for the California Environmental Quality Act of 1970, as amended, Public Resources Code section 21000 et seq. because the project involves negligent or no expansion of use. City staff has also determined that the project is exempt as a Class 2 Categorical Exemption, (replacement or reconstruction of existing structures and facilities), pursuant to Section 15302 of Guidelines for the California Environmental Quality Act of 1970, as amended, Public Resources Code section 21000 et seq. because the structure will have essentially the same function as the prior structure.  
 
On April 21, 2016, a Notice of Exemption was filed and posted with the Clerk of the Board of Supervisors, County of San Bernardino that this project was categorically exempt under Section 15301(c) and 15302 of the CEQA Guidelines.
 
On August 12, 2016, the State of California found that this project would have no significant impacts on the environment as defined by NEPA and that, as such, the project was categorically excluded under 23 CFR 771.117(c): Activity (c)(3).
FISCAL IMPACT:
This project is included in the approved FY 2016-17 Capital Improvement Program budget.
REVIEWED BY OTHERS:
This item has been reviewed by the City Attorney.
Attachments
Resolution

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