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Northshore Traffic Calming

The Problem Northshore Traffic Calming Photo
The volume of traffic on Highway 20, particularly heavy trucks, the speed they often use through towns, and the high number of accidents — especially those pedestrian-related — negatively impacts the quality of life in our Northshore towns.

The Goal
The Redevelopment Agency supports diverting heavy truck traffic around the south shore of the lake and forcing the remaining traffic on Hwy. 20 to slow down in order to make the Northshore communities safer and more pedestrian friendly.

The Traffic Calming Plan
The Lake County Redevelopment Agency and the Area Planning Council (APC) — using their own funds and a “Livable Communities” grant from Caltrans — collaborated to develop a Highway 20 Traffic Calming Plan for the communities of Nice, Lucerne and Clearlake Oaks.  RRM Design Group was hired to conduct research, public outreach and develop the plan.  They did this through a series of nine public meetings, several walking tours, and focus group discussions.  The plan and design solution maps may be found on the left.  Also on the left under the title: "RRM Plan" is a complete account of the process RRM followed in developing the plan.  The completed Plan was presented to the APC and has been incorporated into their Regional Traffic Plan for the County.

Under the button on the left titled “Main Street Designs” there is a Caltrans booklet which discusses traffic calming designs. 

Now What?
The Agency will prepare preliminary engineering and cost elements for pieces of the Traffic Calming Plan that fit into different types of available funding.  For example, there is some specific Caltrans funding from the Transportation Enhancement Act (TEA) reserved for use along highways. On the advice of Caltrans District 1 planners, the Agency completed preliminary engineering for a long stretch of sidewalk that would be placed along the lakeside parcels in Lucerne as part of the Promenade.  Traffic Calming on Hwy. 20 will be an extraordinarily expensive and long-term effort and will often require the residents of the Northshore to let people know how they feel about the various proposed projects.