Forty-one accidents occured at Broadway crosswalks between Jan. 1, 2002, and Dec. 31, 2011, with seven of them involving injuries and one, a fatality. Concerned about improving the safety of pedestrians using the crosswalks and making them more visible to motorists, Placerville city staff applied for and received a federal Highway Safety Improvement Program grant to improve the safety issues at the crosswalks.
The $245,600 grant includes a $32,100 match. The El Dorado County Transportation Commission approved $32,100 for the match from the Transportation Development Act Local Transportation Fund at its May 1 meeting.
The crosswalks to be improved are at Carson Road and Broadway and three mid-block crosswalks between Carson Road and Schnell School Road. Adding a crosswalk along the east side of Schnell School Road and Broadway and restriping the two existing crosswalks are also part of the plan.
The city is currently seeking proposals from qualified engineering firms to survey, engineer and design the improvement plan for the crosswalks. According to the RFP, improvements to the mid-block crosswalks may include new speed tables with highly visible crosswalk markings and the installation of solar powered rectangular rapid flashing beacons, while the improvements for the crosswalk at the intersection of Schnell School Road and Broadway may include relocating the westbound approach stop bar closer to the intersection and installing a crosswalk across the east leg of Schnell School Road with appropriate curb ramps.
The improvements must be compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act and the budget for the design proposal is $50,000. The deadline to respond to the RFP is May 28.
From environmental impact reports to design to construction and completion, the project, as laid out in the grant application, is anticipated to be completed by Sept. 29, 2016.