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RESOLUTION NO. 93 -76 <br />A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF NEWPORT BEACH <br />REQUESTING THE COUNTY OF ORANGE TO INITIATE THE PROCESS TO <br />DETERMINE THE IMPACTS TO THE CIRCULATION SYSTEM OF REMOVING <br />THE 19TH STREET/BANNING AVENUE AND GISLER AVENUEIGARFIELD <br />AVENUE BRIDGES ACROSS THE SANTA ANA RIVER FROM THE MASTER <br />PLAN OF ARTERIAL HIGHWAYS (MPAH); AND TO PREPARE A PLAN OF <br />ALTERNATE CIRCULATION SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS WHICH WILL <br />PROVIDE EQUIVALENT TRAFFIC SERVICE. <br />is WHEREAS, the City of Newport Beach has participated in a cooperative study with the <br />County of Orange, Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach to evaluate the Santa Ana <br />River Crossings (SARX) southerly of State Route 405 (the San Diego Freeway); and <br />WHEREAS, the SARX Study shows that the river crossings at 19th Street/Banning <br />Avenue and Gisler Avenue/Garfield Avenue, if constructed, would carry significant traffic and if <br />not constructed, cause increased traffic on various links in the MPAH; and <br />WHEREAS, the County and the Cities have received significant input from citizens near <br />the previously mentioned crossings objecting to the construction of any new bridge crossings of <br />the Santa Ana River southerly of the San Diego Freeway; and <br />WHEREAS, this public input raises concern for the viability, financial feasibility and <br />constructability of a number of elements of the County's MPAH and the circulation elements of <br />the four cities; and <br />WHEREAS, the City of Newport Beach is uncertain that an adequate transportation <br />circulation network that is politically and environmentally acceptable can be provided through the <br />construction of the additional intersection, existing bridge, and roadway improvements required if <br />the 19th Street/Banning Avenue and Gisler Avenue/Garfield Avenue bridges over the Santa Ana <br />River are not constructed; and <br />WHEREAS, the environmental impacts and potential mitigation measures to those <br />impacts have not been fully identified for either the bridge deletions or the required added <br />capacity at intersections, existing bridges and on roadway links. The City of Newport Beach <br />believes that there may be significant impacts involved with providing the added intersection, <br />bridge, and roadway link capacity required if the new bridges are not constructed and that there <br />may be significant public input and concern related to these impacts; and <br />WHEREAS, the City of Newport Beach is willing to consider a cooperative agreement <br />with Orange County, Caltrans (if appropriate) and the cities of Costa Mesa, Fountain Valley, and <br />Huntington Beach, to prepare an acceptable alternate plan of arterial highway improvements <br />which would provide for a balanced land uselcirculation system among the four cities by <br />providing a satisfactory level of alternate highway improvements in lieu of the 19th <br />Street/Banning Avenue and Gisler Avenue/Garfield Avenue bridges over the Santa Ana River. <br />Such a plan for highway improvements would need to identify: 1) necessary right-of -way <br />acquisitions, 2) scope of roadway, existing bridge, and intersection widening improvements, 3) <br />environmental assessment of proposed roadway improvements and an environmental assessment <br />of constructing the bridges, so that a true comparison can be made, 4) methods of construction <br />financing, and 5) time frame for construction. <br />NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Newport Beach finds that it is <br />• premature to support the "no bridge scenario' until it can be demonstrated that an acceptable <br />alternate plan of arterial highway improvements, including a funding program, which would <br />provide for a balanced land usetcirculation system among the four cities can be provided, <br />environmentally cleared, and accepted by the four cities. <br />BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City of Newport Beach also finds that it is <br />premature to enter into a cooperative agreement with Orange County, Costa Mesa, Fountain <br />Valley and Huntington Beach and Caltrans (if appropriate) to fund and construct an alternative <br />highway system that has not yet been established or proven to be a better alternative to the 19th <br />Street/Banning Avenue and Gisler Avenue/Garfield Avenue bridges over the Santa Ana River. <br />