AREA 11 TRAFFIC CALMING PROJECT
In early 2020, ICHA and the Homeowners Representative Board (HRB) met with the UCI Police Department and residents on Turing Street to discuss unsafe driving and safety. Neighbors voiced concerns about cars speeding in areas with pedestrians, cyclists, and in particular, children at play. Since that time, ICHA and the HRB Transportation Committee, in collaboration with UCI PD and residents, have been working to understand the issue and analyze potential solutions. On Wednesday, February 3, 2021, ICHA Manager of Planning & Construction Bryce Bunker presented the findings of a traffic study of Area 11 performed by traffic engineering consultant KOA. Area 11 residents were invited to attend the presentation, which was followed by a questions and answers session. (A recording of the February 3 meeting is available, along with the Traffic Study presentation, by clicking on the buttons at right).
Residents who attended the February 3 meeting expressed a strong interest in installing speed cushions on Coltrane Court, Angelou, Graham, Ride, Truth and Turing streets. The traffic engineering consultant who authored the study recommended gathering supporting votes from at least 67% of the households on each street as the minimum criteria needed to install speed cushions on the respective streets. Every household (for-sale homes only) in Area 11 was invited to participate in the poll via email and results were communicated in May. Residents of Turing and Coltrane gained support from at least 67% of the households on their respective streets to move forward with the installation of speed cushions.
The design and submittal process for installing speed cushions requires preparing a formal plan and application showing the speed cushions locations and specifications. The plans are submitted to the UCI Fire Marshall, who will then submit them to Orange County Fire Authority. Following review by the UCI Fire Marshall, OCFA will take up to an additional 30 days to review and approve or deny the plan based on their evaluation results.
If the speed cushion plan is approved by the above named authorities, the estimated installation of speed cushions could be August 2021 at the earliest. Bryce Bunker, Manager of Planning & Construction at ICHA, is currently awaiting the OCFA review and subsequent decision. The project timeline is subject to change.
Please direct additional questions to Bryce Bunker at the contacts listed below. Thank you for your attention and commitment to enhancing the safety of University Hills.
Area 11 Traffic Calming Communications
5/21/2021: Speed cushion poll results shared with Area 11 residents (multiple email messages)
5/12/2021: Speed cushion polls close (multiple emails messages)
4/28/2021: Follow-up speed cushion poll sent to all Area 11 households (for-sale homes) (multiple email messages)
4/16/2021: Speed cushion poll results shared with Area 11 residents (multiple emails messages)
4/6/2021: Speed cushion polls close (multiple emails messages)
3/23/2021: Follow-up speed cushion poll sent to all Area 11 households (for-sale homes) (multiple email messages)
2/3/2021: Area 11 traffic study presentation (click button at right to view)