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Drinking water pipeline replacement work on Randall street & Lolita avenue to begin (July 17, 2013)

Background
Irvine Ranch Water District provides water service to the Orange Park Acres community. As a result of the June 2008 annexation, the former Orange Park Acres Mutual Water Company is now the Orange Park Acres Service Area within IRWD. After consolidation, IRWD finalized a Master Plan of improvements for the entire Orange Park Acres water system. Included in the Master Plan is the installation of new drinking water pipelines on Randall Street at Meads Avenue to Kennymead Street and Lolita Avenue from Santiago Canyon Road to the end of the street.

Project Description
The project work involves the installation of approximately 1,230 linear feet of eight‐inch drinking water pipeline, fire hydrants, meters and valves. The pipeline will be installed by open trench construction. Roads will remain open during construction, but lane closures should be expected. Water service to your home could be intermittently affected by this construction, but you will be notified prior to any shutdowns. If needed, flagmen will be present on portions of the project. For safety and security reasons, please comply with directions from the construction crews.

Work Hours and Project Schedule
The approved work hours for this project are 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday through Thursday and on alternating Fridays. Work is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 24 and continue for approximately six weeks.

Questions
Questions regarding the project may be directed to Cheryl Kelly or Shannon Reed in the IRWD Public Affairs Department at (949) 453‐5500. Project information is updated on the District’s website: www.irwd.com. We apologize for any inconvenience this project may cause and thank you in advance for your patience.

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OPA TRAFFIC UPDATE (JULY 1, 2013)

The Orange Park Association, in conjunction with the County of Orange Public Works Department, is planning some changes to Orange Park Boulevard and Meads Avenue (between the Boulevard and Santiago Canyon Road) to improve safe passage through Orange Park Acres. Some of the changes are planned immediately. Some are future capital projects that will requires further study and more community involvement. The goal of these projects is to dampen vehicle speed on both of these streets.

The changes are planned in three phases. The first phase will take place in the next 90 days and its focus is signage, striping and much decreased parking on or near OPA’s multi-use trails. Of particular importance is much needed attention to the equestrian crossing at Hillside Drive and Orange Park Boulevard. Some design consideration remain unresolved and will be completed by mid-May 2013.

The second phase proposes changes to non-standard metal beam guardrails on Meads and Amapola Avenues and an improved equestrian crossing at Meads Avenue and Hillside Drive. The crossing has been a danger spot for some time. The Association’s Board and its Traffic Committee reviewed several proposals and found all unsatisfactory in one way or another. More study is needed for this venue and the Association’s Board encourages participation from residents, boarders and crossing neighbors in designing an effective solution. The community will be kept informed as this phase of the project matures.

Anyone who has entered the Boulevard from Chapman Avenue gains the temptation of a drag strip, almost a mile of clear sailing, hindered only by two stops signs often ignored. Slowing traffic involves disturbing the view of the “drag strip.

Consideration is being to installing roundabouts at both intersections of the Meads loop and the Boulevard. This is an expensive capital project and requires months of planning and funding not in hand. Another idea is to take the straightness out the Boulevard. This is a case where public safety may require sacrifice from our neighbors in OPA. It’s important to note that no affected parties have been contacted at this point and a great deal of work has to happen before this Phase 3 become a reality. California law requires speed limits to be set at the 85th percentile of measured traffic velocities, unless there are mitigating factors. Some other considerations can affect speed limits. None of these considerations are in play in Orange Park Acres today.

The speed on Orange Park Boulevard has been increasing steadily for several years. An analysis of speeding citations issued over the last few years shows conclusively that most speed violators are Orange Park Acres residents.

Two years ago, an effort to raise the speed on the Boulevard from 40 mph to 45 mph was not successful. There is another traffic study due in 2017. Our residents may not be so lucky next time. It’s not inconceivable that the speed limit on the Boulevard could be set much higher than 45 mph, unless traffic is slowed in the next four years. Thus, the Association’s request for help from the County PWD.

It’s important to understand that Orange Park Acres has a combination of county roads, city roads and private roads. The Boulevard and Meads Avenue have portions that are managed by the City of Orange and portions that are managed by the County. The changes that are planned deal only within the county purview.

At the April 17th Trails Meeting, Isaac Alonso Rice of the County PWD presented these plans to a capacity audience. Several important ideas were heard from the audience and will be folded into the proposal. As the ideas solidify, the community will be kept involved and informed.

For more information on this project and to become more involved, please contact Peter Jacklin at 714-381-6395. Jacklin is the Chair of the Orange Park Association Traffic Committee.


What to expect in the next 90 days

• The 4-way Stop Sign at the Randall and Meads intersection WILL REMAIN!
• Equestrian Crossing and Share the Road signs will be placed at entrances to Orange Park Acres
• Stop signs not interfering with trail use will be upgraded to a 36 inch size
• All Equestrian and Supplemental plaques will be replaced with fluorescent yellow signs
• Stop Ahead sign will be installed at Orange Park Boulevard north of Meads Avenue facing southbound traffic
• No Parking Any Time signs will be installed on the west side of Meads Avenue, north of Randall Street
• Existing 25 mph sign will be upgraded to a larger size on Meads Avenue, north of Randall Street
• No Parking Anytime signs will be installed in the west side of Meads Avenue, north of Wilderness Avenue
• Stop Bars will be upgraded to 24 inches in width
• New Stop Bars will be installed on Frank Avenue on both sides of the Boulevard
• New Stop Ahead markings will be added on the Boulevard at Meads Avenue on the southbound approach
• Signage will be added at the Chapman Avenue + Boulevard intersection to allow driveway access to Chapman Avenue residents
• Signage will be added at the Santiago Canyon Road + Boulevard