The Newport Beach City Council could vote to spend $124,800 to improve traffic lights along East Coast Highway at a Tuesday meeting, according to the meeting’s agenda.
The project would replace “obsolete traffic signal equipment; modify medians at key locations to improve pedestrian, bicycle, and vehicular flow; improve pedestrian ramps to meet current ADA standards,” according to a staff report. The project also would rewire existing signals on East Coast Highway at Irvine Terrace, Newport Center Drive, Avocado Avenue, Goldenrod Avenue, Poppy Avenue, Morning Canyon Road, Cameo Highlands Drive/Cameo Shores Road and Pelican Point Drive.
Closed-circuit television cameras, used to improve traffic signal response, also would be installed at Goldenrod and Poppy avenues, the report states.
The staff report explains that the City of Newport Beach took over operation of East Coast Highway from Jamboree Road to Newport Coast Drive in 2004, “including 13 Caltrans traffic signals that were in various states of disrepair.”
Newport Beach began retrofitting the traffic signals in 2008, the staff report states.
“The last major traffic signal rehabilitation project along Coast Highway was completed by Caltrans sometime prior to the relinquishment,” the report states. “With the goal of improving reliability of the traffic signals along the City-operated segment of Coast Highway, staff recommends the aging Caltrans traffic signal equipment be replaced (i.e. traffic signal poles, signal and pedestrian indications, traffic cabinet, signal wiring and conduit, etc.) with new equipment that will integrate with the City’s Traffic Management Center.”
Five other traffic signals in the area have been recently rehabilitated, were recently installed or will be improved with other planned projects and are excluded from the current plans, the report said. A $200,000 project that will add left-turn signals at Marguerite Avenue and East Coast Highway is nearly complete; read our earlier story here.
The city received six proposals for the signal improvement project, the staff report states. The item is on the Council’s consent calendar.
Another consent calendar item would award a $241,691 contract for water quality projects that “address new regulations for curtailing dry weather flow to the beach,” the agenda states. The projects include a Shorecliff Road catch basin modification, a Reef Point biofiltration system and Los Trancos Creek maintenance project. Read more about those and other planned water quality projects in an earlier story here.
The City Council will meet at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the new Civic Center. The public may attend and make comments. The meeting also will be streamed live on the city’s website.