“This is a great opportunity to practice situational awareness. We encourage folks to build in communication redundancies. Residents should be aware of all the tools we use to inform residents of an emergency; hi-lo sirens, radio updates, Internet news, the Ready Nevada County Dashboard, and updates from your 5 emergency allies are all equally important. Of course, your own situational awareness plays a big role. If you see or smell smoke, don’t be afraid to evacuate yourself,” says OES Program Manager, Paul Cummings.
• Visit ReadyNevadaCounty.org/EmergencyAlerts
• Text ReadyNevadaCounty to 99411 and follow the link to complete the registration.
• Call 211 or 1-833-DIAL211 for assistance from a Connecting Point call agent.
The Town of Truckee will conduct a concurrent test of the Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alert System which serves Town of Truckee residents. Truckee residents are encouraged to register for Nixle emergency alerts, in addition to CodeRED. which serves unincorporated Eastern Nevada County, and all Western Nevada County. Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District utilize the Nixle Everbridge Emergency Alert System as the primary method of communication during critical incidents which take place within the Town of Truckee and Truckee Fire Protection District limits. Both residents and visitors are encouraged to subscribe to stay informed in an evolving event.
Residents are encouraged to utilize the user-friendly Nixle Everbridge application on mobile devices. Simply text “APP” to 888-777 to receive a link to download the Everbridge Mobile Application. Complete the registration by downloading, installing and opening the app. Insert 96161 to subscribe to the Truckee Police Department and Truckee Fire Protection District.
Robert Womack, Truckee Police Department Emergency Services Coordinator explains, “Both CodeRED and Nixle Everbridge are high-speed mass notification systems designed to notify residents during an evolving situation. Emergency alerts are one of many communication tools we utilize during an emergency, and testing these systems is an important part of our coordinated emergency planning.”
• Learn more at ReadyNevadaCounty.org
• Follow Office of Emergency services on Twitter @NevCoOES and Facebook @NevadaCountyOES for updates and tips on how to prepare.
• Follow Truckee Police Department on Twitter and Facebook @TruckeePolice
• Follow Truckee Fire Protection District on Twitter and Facebook @TruckeeFire
- Improper turning (i.e. turning in front of oncoming vehicles)
- Unsafe speed (causes vehicles to go off the road or does not allow the driver enough time to react)
- Hit Object (a lot of these include hitting animals but also hitting objects when they veer off the road)
- Rear-End (most of these seem to be as a result of the driver not paying attention and not leaving enough time to react)
- Broadside (ties to the improper turning collision factor, i.e. in front of oncoming vehicles)
Implementation of the plan will improve transportation safety for the county, its people, and its visitors. The plan should be viewed as a living document that can be updated to reflect changing local needs and priorities. In the past 3 years, 1% of collisions in Nevada County have resulted in fatalities. The County is targeting 0 fatalities over the next 3 years.
- County of Nevada – Board of Supervisors, Sherriff’s Office, Public Works – Roads, Engineering and Transit Divisions, Planning
- Nevada County Transportation Commission
- Incorporated cities in Nevada County – Councils, Public Works, Planning, Police: City of Grass Valley, Nevada City, Town of Truckee
- Northern Sierra Air Quality Management District
- California Highway Patrol
- Federal Highway Administration
- Federal Transit Administration
- US Forest Service
- US Bureau of Land Management
- School Districts
It is predicted that Senate Bill 1 will provide more than $5 billion annually for maintenance, repair, and safety improvements on state highways, local streets and roads, and bridges. In total, it is estimated that SB 1 will generate:
- $1.5 billion for the State Highway Operations and Protection Program
- $1.5 billion for local streets and roads
- $400 million for bridge maintenance and repairs
- $300 million for goods movement and freight projects
- $275 million for congested corridors and relief management
- $200 million for the Local Partnership Program to match locally generated transportation funds
- $100 million for the Active Transportation Program to improve safety and expand access on streets, roads and highways for bicyclists and pedestrians
- $750 million for mass transit
In 2017, two initiatives were launched to repeal SB 1 on the November 2018 ballot. However, one of the two initiatives failed to attract enough signatures by the January 8, 2018 deadline to add it to the ballot. The second measure to repeal SB 1 is continuing to move forward and supporters indicated in late January that they had received two thirds of the 585,407 signatures needed to qualify the initiative for the November ballot. This measure would repeal SB 1 and would amend the California Constitution to require future gas tax increases to be approved by the voters.
SB 1 generates $54 billion over the next decade, split evenly between state and local investments, to fix transportation infrastructure across California. The $5.4 billion-a-year investment comes with strict new accountability provisions to ensure funds can only be spent on transportation.
SB 1 funds will enable Caltrans to fix more than 17,000 lane miles of pavement, 500 bridges, and 55,000 culverts by 2027. Caltrans will also fix 7,700 traffic operating systems, like ramp meters, traffic cameras and electric highway message boards that help reduce highway congestion. When this work is finished, 98 percent of pavement on state facilities will be in good or fair condition, up from 85 percent today.
In addition to the work Caltrans is expediting, the California Transportation Commission (CTC) and CalSTA are preparing to award SB 1 funds to competitive transportation grant programs to improve California’s trade corridors, expand public transit systems, provide relief to congested commute corridors and provide state matching funds to help cities and counties build better communities.
“SB 1 dedicates transportation dollars to transportation purposes. With the law in place we can begin to put thousands of people to work rebuilding California and its local communities,” said CalSTA Secretary Brian Kelly. “This investment creates jobs, improves roads and bridges and has strong public accountability.”
Until SB 1 was signed by Governor Brown earlier this year, California had not significantly invested in the state’s transportation infrastructure in 23 years; since then, California’s population has grown by eight million, with millions more vehicles and trucks on the state highway system. Californians also drive more than 350 billion miles a year – more than any other state.
For a list of Nevada County projects scheduled to receive SB 1 funds, click here:
Caltrans is committed to conducting its business in a fully transparent manner and detailing its progress to the public. For complete details on SB 1 visit http://www.rebuildingca.ca.gov/.
The first Corridor Management Plan for SR 49 was developed by NCTC in 1992 to develop strategies to increase capacity and preserve operational function of SR 49. Following the passage of Proposition 1B in November 2006, Caltrans and its partners took a dynamic turn in transportation planning and systems operations with the creation of Corridor System Management Plans (CSMPs). CSMPs support a partnership-based, integrated management of all travel modes (cars, trucks, transit, bicycles, and pedestrians) and infrastructure (highways, roads, rail tracks, information systems and bike routes) so that mobility along the corridor is provided in the most efficient and effective manner possible.
Caltrans' first CSMP for SR 49 was completed in 2009, with "State of the Corridor" reports in 2010, 2011 and 2012. As part of the regional transportation planning process in the 2017/18 fiscal year, NCTC, in coordination with Caltrans, is seeking proposals from consulting firms to assist with an update of the SR 49 CSMP. This update will identify operational deficiencies, bicycle route gaps, user safety enhancements, and operational improvements within the corridor from the Nevada/Placer County line to McKnight Way Overcrossing in Grass Valley. Through data analysis the consultant will develop a list of projects that improve safety, reduce travel time or delay, reduce traffic congestion, improve connectivity between modes and facilities, improve travel time reliability, and expand mobility options along the corridor in a cost-effective manner.