Children cross Francisco Drive via the existing north crosswalk on their way home from Lake Forest Elementary and Marina Village Middle School. The county has plans to upgrade these crosswalks to make them ADA compliant. Village Life photo by Julie Samrick

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EDH curbs tapped for upgrades

By From page A1 | September 06, 2017

Citing a need to better serve disabled El Dorado County residents and comply with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the El Dorado County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved a formal transition plan to upgrade curbs and curb ramps along county-maintained roadways.

The 20-year plan calls for repair or replacement of 395 curb ramps and 75 new ramps and comes with a nearly $5.67 million price tag. Funding will come from various sources — some yet to be determined.

The program is slated to begin next year with 12 projects — seven in Cameron Park, three in Diamond Springs and two in El Dorado Hills.

Curb improvements at Schooner Drive and Francisco Drive, which are on the first-year list, can’t come soon enough for El Dorado Hills residents Ray Myers and Susan Parker. The intersection near Marina Village Middle School and Lake Forest Elementary School, which has two crosswalks, has been a spot of contention since 2013.

Myers criticized El Dorado County Department of Transportation staff, saying he and other safety advocates were rebuffed by the previous DOT director even though the group was willing to put some money toward improvements. An ADA complaint was filed with the Department of Justice; the case remains open though Myers said officials are anxious to close it.

Parker, who said she used to volunteer to help children safely navigate before and after school, advocated placing one crosswalk across Francisco Drive on the side where Windsor Point Park is built.

The plan has $25,000 designated to address issues at the intersection’s three curbs. Senior planner Donna Keeler said DOT staff would meet with Myers’ group soon to address the ADA complaint. She said she expects design and engineering work will begin this fall and the project could go out to bid early next year.

The second 2018-19 El Dorado Hills project, costing $15,000, is a short hop down Francisco Drive at its intersection with Kensington Drive.

First-year projects in Diamond Springs center around the intersections near Walmart and the commercial center on the opposite side of Missouri Flat Road. Twelve curbs have been identified for repair/replacement at an estimated cost of $100,000.

In Cameron Park curbs at Green Valley Road at Cameron Park Drive, Country Club Drive at Merrychase Drive, Country Club Drive at Castana Drive, Merrychase Drive at Casa Largo Way and Merrychase Drive at Greenwood Lane are on the 2018-19 list at an estimated cost of $90,000. Funding for the latter four projects were included in the county’s most recent capital improvement plan. Costing an estimated $50,000 are curb projects on Palmer Drive at its intersections with Ponte Morino Drive and Palmero Circle.

Stressing that not all the funding for these projects and those to come in the following years has been identified, planner Rob Peters looked to the board for direction. Possible funding sources include federal and state grants, SB 1, the county’s General Fund or Road Fund as well as money from its agreement with the Shingle Springs Band of Miwok Indians.

District 4 Supervisor Michael Ranalli rallied staff to “be as aggressive and creative as possible” in securing grant money for the curb projects while District 5 Supervisor Sue Novasel cautioned against using Road Fund money, saying she wants to see all those dollars go to badly needed road maintenance and repair.

District 1 Supervisor John Hidahl, recognizing the “balancing act” between need and funding, encouraged staff to accelerate the plan’s timeline whenever possible.

Projects within the plan will come back to the board every year during the budget process, Chief Administrative Officer Don Ashton noted.

The county’s plan can be found at edcgov.us; search for Americans with Disabilities Act Formal Transition Plan.

Noel Stack

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Discussion | 1 comment

  • Happier than Ray RaySeptember 07, 2017 - 5:02 pm

    Oh here comes Ray Myers with his complaining, again. First its the local CSD, then the local Fire Dept., then the local water company, now it's the County. Ray "the grumpy local complainer" Myers has returned. Ray, if you don't like where you live....move!

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