Local Roadway Safety Plan
A progress report was presented to the Complete Streets and Transportation Commission at its March 10 meeting. The key topics included the walk audit feedback, potential countermeasures, and implementation actions. Staff plans to complete the final report and recommend to the Town Council for adoption in April.
The Town is preparing a Local Road Safety Plan (LRSP) to establish a framework and process for identifying, analyzing, and prioritizing roadway safety improvements on local and rural streets. The LRSP will identify safety patterns throughout the Town. The LRSP will also result in a toolbox of countermeasure to address the safety patterns as well as proposed projects to improve safety at key locations. The Town was awarded a $72,000 State transportation grant to prepare the LRSP. The LRSP is being prepared in compliance with the State and Federal guidelines for eligibility to apply for Highway Safety Improvement Program funding (HSIP) for construction of the safety improvements. The LRSP is being developed in collaboration with engineering, enforcement, education, and emergency service strategies.
What is a Local Road Safety Plan?
Why is an LRSP Important?
- An LRSP provides a framework for organizing stakeholders to identify, analyze, and prioritize roadway safety improvements on local and rural roads.
- Implementing a Local Roadway Safety Plan will be required for agencies to apply for Caltrans Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) Cycle 11 funds, to be released in Spring 2022.
- Employing a systemic analysis allows the Town to leverage a proactive safety approach that focuses on evaluating an entire roadway network using a defined set of criteria reliant upon context rather than raw number of crashes alone.
- This LRSP aspires toward zero fatalities and severe injuries with a Safe System approach, focusing on safe vehicles, speeds, road users, road design, and post-crash care.
The Town is fully committed to ending traffic-related deaths and injuries on Town streets. By taking a systemic safety approach, the Town will utilize targeted enforcement, improved street design, and public collaboration to achieve meaningful results in preventing traffic collisions.
Collaboration and Participation:
A key step in addressing safety issues is hearing from local officials, key stakeholders, and the general public. Working through a collaborative process, the Town can create effective solutions by considering and coordinating with the general public, engineering, enforcement, education, and emergency service strategies. The Town has identified the following Safety Partners:
- Safe Routes to School (SR2S)
- Los Gatos Unified School District (LGUSD)
- Town Traffic Engineer
- Public Health
- Los Gatos Police Department
- Complete Street & Transportation Commission (CSTC)
The Town is seeking to identify, analyze, and prioritize roadway safety improvements on local and rural roads. We are looking for input, unique ideas, and expertise on addressing safety issues within the Town of Los Gatos.
We encourage interested parties to subscribe to the Connect Los Gatos “NOTIFY ME” service located on the left hand side of this page. Those who are enrolled in the Notify Me service will receive either a text message or e-mail each time there is new information posted to the project page.
Any questions regarding the project design can be referred to the Transportation & Mobility Manager, Ying Smith, at YSmith@losgatosca.gov.