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Barton Road Interchange
High Desert Corridor
Active Transportation Program
I-15 Environmental
SANBAG Honored
HERO by the numbers
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San Bernardino Associated Governments, known as SANBAG, is the council of governments and transportation planning agency for San Bernardino County. SANBAG is responsible for cooperative regional planning and furthering an efficient multi-modal transportation system countywide. SANBAG serves the 2.1 million residents of San Bernardino County.
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Barton Road Interchange Project Introduces Innovative Delivery Method

The Interstate 215 (I-215) Barton Road Interchange Project proposes to improve traffic operations and reduce traffic congestion on Barton Road and ramp intersections through the use of an innovative project delivery tool, the Construction Management/General Contractor (CM/GC) method. The overall project will include replacement of the Barton Road overcrossing, reconstruction and widening of Barton Road, realignment of the existing entrance and exit ramps, and traffic signal modifications.


The California Transportation Commission (CTC) approved the environmental document in March 2014. The SANBAG Board of Directors has approved the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) cooperative agreement to use CM/GC.  The CM/GC project delivery method is new to California and allows project sponsors to engage a construction manager during the design process to provide input. During the design phase, the construction manager provides input regarding scheduling, pricing, phasing and other input that helps the owner design a more constructible project. On average, at about 50% of design completion, the lead agency and the construction manager negotiate a 'guaranteed maximum price' for the construction of the project based on the defined scope and schedule. If this price is acceptable to both parties, they execute a contract for construction services, and the construction manager becomes the general contractor.


The CM/GC is another example of how San Bernardino County is looking to utilize innovative tools to deliver projects faster and more efficiently to commuters.  The use of this authority is currently available under trial by Caltrans as a pilot program.  However, other states have realized cost and schedule savings from CM/GC that more than offset the cost of bringing the Contractor on earlier during the design phase.


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High Desert Corridor Draft EIS/EIR Released   


The High Desert Corridor is a 63-mile corridor between State Route (SR) 14 in Los Angeles County and SR-18/Bear Valley Road in San Bernardino County. This multi-purpose corridor is envisioned to facilitate a variety of travel modes in the fast-growing high desert region. The Los Angeles Metropolitan Transportation Authority (LA Metro) and the California Department of Transportation (Caltrans) have recently released the Draft Environmental Impact Statement/Environmental Impact Report (EIS/EIR)for a 60-day public comment and review period.  During this time, LA Metro has scheduled public meetings for the following dates and locations:


  • Wednesday, Nov. 5, 2014
    7-9:30 p.m.
    Lake Los Angeles Elementary School
    16310 East Avenue Q
    Palmdale, CA 93591
  • Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014*
    6-8:30 p.m.
    Endeavour School of Exploration
    12403 Ridgecrest Road
    Victorville, CA 92395
  • Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014*
    6-8:30 p.m.
    Larry Chimbole Cultural Center, Manzanita Ballroom
    38350 Sierra Highway
    Palmdale, CA 93550
  • Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014
    6-8:30 p.m.
    Apple Valley Conference Center
    14975 Dale Evans Parkway
    Apple Valley, CA 92307


*These meetings will be broadcast live at ustream.tv/channel/metro-high-desert-corridor.


The closing date for the comment period will be December 2nd.  Following this, approval of the Final EIR/EIS is expected in Spring 2015.


More information is available by visiting http://www.metro.net/projects/high-desert-corridor/upcoming-meetings/.



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Active Transportation Program Gets Funding Boost

The Active Transportation Program (ATP) was created to encourage increased use of active modes of transportation, such as biking and walking, as well as to ensure compliance with Moving Ahead for Progress in the 21st Century (MAP-21). For the first three years of the funding cycle, the ATP will award approximately $360 million state-wide for active transportation projects. 


There are two funding categories for the ATP, a state-wide competitive process (60%) and a Metropolitan Planning Organizations process (40%).  For the state-wide portion the California Transportation Commission approved the Small Urban & Rural Project List.  Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs), such as SCAG, have selected projects to receive the MPO funding.  SCAG's regional share is approximately $76 million and reflects projects to be funded with their population-based share of the 40%.


SANBAG submitted one infrastructure project and two non-infrastructure projects and was successful in receiving funds for all three of the projects:


*             Metrolink Station Accessibility Improvement Project ($4,678,729) - Funded

*             SANBAG Safe Routes to School Plan ($400,000) - Funded

*             Points of Interest Pedestrian Plan ($400,000) - Funded


Over the three year state-wide cycle, San Bernardino County will receive $13.4 million.  The SANBAG Board of Directors has adopted the final ATP project list for the MPO share.  All of the projects will benefit multiple jurisdictions in San Bernardino County.


Click here to see the entire list of ATP projects in San Bernardino County.


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Interstate 15 Moves Forward with Environmental Phase

As part of the ongoing effort to advance project delivery for the Interstate 15 Corridor in San Bernardinio Valley, the Board of Directors approved the recommendation to work with Caltrans on defining roles and responsibilities of the agencies related to the Environmental Document and approved the contract with Parsons Brinckerhoff to perform the studies necessary for the consideration of Express Lanes between State Route 60 and State Route 210.


SANBAG has worked cooperatively with Caltrans through the initial PSR/PDS conceptual engineering phase, with SANBAG as the lead agency with Caltrans providing oversight, Independent Quality Assurance (IQA), and environmental acceptance. Additional considerations require that these roles and responsibilities between the two agencies be defined, as well as committing SANBAG to be the sole funding agency for all work done by SANBAG and its consultants.


Among other duties, Parsons Brinckerhoff will perform preliminary engineering and develop the environmental study for an express lanes alternative. The preliminary engineering work will look at optimizing the geometrics of lane additions in each direction, the impacts to the existing corridor and required modifications, a cost estimate to incorporate this work, traffic studies to look at optimizing corridor operations, and coordination with other projects including the Riverside County I-15 corridor express lanes. They will also coordinate other studies and work being done for the I-10 corridor and the overall planning for these corridors.



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SANBAG and Partners Recognized in areas of Transportation and Quality of Life

The American Society of Civil Engineers has named the Colton Crossing Project as a finalist for the 2015 Outstanding Civil Engineering Achievement Award. The announcement of the winner of the prestigious honor will be in March 2015.


In addition, SANBAG and WRCOG have been selected by the Air Quality Management District (AQMD) as a Clean Air Award Winner for 2014 in the category of Model Community Achievement for the implementation of the HERO Program across the Inland Empire.  This award honors the visionaries in our region who have helped in the fight for clean air through innovation, leadership and exemplary service. 


Rounding out the recent accolades bestowed upon the agency, the Public Outreach team for the recently completed I-215 Widening Project was recognized with a SAVVY award for the end of project publication shared at the dedication ceremony. This marks the 15th award received for outreach efforts on the project.






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HERO by the numbers   



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