City of Goleta wins Bikeways and Trail Project of the Year

Drake Haglan and Associates (DHA) is proud to congratulate the City of Goleta on the Bikeways and Trail Project of the Year Award for the Hollister Avenue Class I Bike Path/Multi-Purpose Path SRTS Project.  Awarded by the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) Los Angeles Section, the project is recognized for its unique technical achievements, its complexity, scope and engineering features.

The project included curb extension intersection treatment, Class II bike lane, Class I bike path, sidewalk, bus pullouts, lighting and traffic signal, bioretention, and landscape and irrigation improvements.  Additionally, the project included reconstruction of one mile of roadway with crown correction, hardscaped and landscaped medians on Hollister Avenue between Ellwood Elementary School and Pacific Oaks Road. The path promotes active and sustainable transportation for all. 

DHA is proud to have prepared design and construction bid documents, and provided construction support for the project.

Job well done City of Goleta! 

Congratulations!

No on 6 | MYTH vs FACT

 MYTH #1 

The money all goes to the General Fund and none of the money goes to new roads.

 FACT 

That is unequivocally wrong and easily proven inaccurate. Not a single dollar of these funds goes to the General Fund.

  • Voters overwhelmingly passed Prop 69 in June preventing Sacramento politicians from raiding transportation funds and ensuring these funds are only used for transportation improvements.
  • According to the nonpartisan, independent Legislative Analyst’s review of Proposition 6, “The State Constitution requires that nearly all of these new revenues be spent on transportation purposes… about two-thirds of the revenues (are dedicated) to highway and road repairs, with the remainder going to other programs (such as for mass transit).
  • Proposition 6 will eliminate funding for more than 6,500 local transportation improvement projects underway in every California community, including:
    • 3,727 projects fixing potholes and repaving crumbling, unsafe roads
    • 1,571 projects dedicated to improving road and driver safety
    • Repairs or replacement of 554 bridges and overpasses
    • 337 projects relieving traffic congestion
    • 453 improvements to public transportation operations and services including buses and rail to increase reliability
    • 442 projects improving pedestrian safety
  • If Prop 6 passes, construction will come to a grinding halt in every city and county in the state, wasting money and making road conditions even worse.
  • We should not eliminate transportation revenues that are accountable to taxpayers, can’t be diverted, and that voters overwhelmingly dedicated to fixing our roads.

 MYTH #2 

California can use existing revenues to fix our roads.

 FACT 

Proposition 6 eliminates more than $5 billion annually in existing funding currently being  used on more than 6,500 road and bridge safety, congestion relief and transportation improvement projects all over the state.

If we eliminate these projects, there is no “Plan B.” Prop 6 makes our roads and bridges less safe.

California has a combined need of over $130 billion over the next 10 years just to bring the state highway and local street and road systems into a good and safe condition.

If we were to use funds from the General Fund, we would need to pull $130 billion from important areas like education, healthcare, public safety, and other programs that Californians rely upon.

These funds are constitutionally protected as voters overwhelmingly passed Prop 69 in June preventing Sacramento politicians from raiding these funds to ensure they are only used for transportation improvements.

 MYTH #3 

Prop 6 will save families upwards of $700 a year.

 FACT 

This measure is a bad deal that will cost drivers more in the long run. 

The average California driver already spends $739 dollars per year on front end alignments, shocks and tire repairs because of driving on bad roads.  Stopping projects that fix our roads means more car repairs and more money out of drivers’ wallets.

 MYTH #4 

We can fix the roads just by eliminating waste in the system and from Caltrans.

 FACT 

There are more than 6,500 projects underway in every community in California, proof that these funds are going straight to transportation, being spent efficiently and are accountable to taxpayers. 

Caltrans has been mandated to reform its operations and save $100 million annually to ensure projects are completed faster and more efficiently. There are new reforms including establishing an independent Inspector General who is appointed to oversee projects and programs to ensure all funds are spent as promised and to reduce bureaucracy, waste, and red tape. 

The fact is this measure will cost us all more in the long run and make our bridges and roads less safe.

 MYTH #5 

Passing Prop 6 will help the economy by lowering what we all pay.

 FACT 

The California Chamber of Commerce and business organizations throughout the state oppose Prop 6 because it would eliminate 68,000 jobs and $183 billion dollars in economic investments as thousands of road construction projects are halted.

 MYTH #6 

The revenues that Prop 6 would eliminate are being used to repay loans and debt, not to fix roads.

 FACT 

Proposition 6 will eliminate funding for more than 6,500 local transportation improvement projects underway in every California community, including:

  • 3,727 projects fixing potholes and repaving crumbling, unsafe roads
  • 1,571 projects dedicated to improving road and driver safety
  • Repairs or replacement of 554 bridges and overpasses
  • 337 projects relieving traffic congestion
  • 453 improvements to public transportation operations and services including buses and rail to increase reliability
  • 442 projects improving pedestrian safety

If Prop 6 passes, construction will come to a grinding halt in every city and county in the state, wasting money and making road conditions even worse.

 MYTH #7 

What happens in your neighborhood if Prop 6 passes…. 

 FACT 

Millions of dollars in funding and thousands of miles of roadway repair are at risk if Prop 6 passes!

  • $1.1 Billion of lost funding for our cities and counties in the Sacramento Valley
    These are the funds that will be lost – Do you live in any of these counties?

    • EDC - $95.3 Million
    • Placer County $200.3 Million
    • Sacramento County $620.6 Million
    • Sutter County $68.2 Million
    • Yolo County $119
    • Yuba County $41.5 Million
  • Roadway Repair projects in your neighborhood that are at risk
    • Sacramento County Potholes and Repaving Projects:
      • US 50 from 1-5 to Watt Ave:  56 miles of pavement improvements
      • 1-5 in Sacramento County:  67 miles of pavement improvements
      • 1-80:  5.6 miles of pavement improvements   
      • US 50 between Rancho Cordova and El Dorado Hills: 59 miles of pavement improvements
      • 1-80 from east of Longview Drive to east of Madison Avenue near the City of Sacramento: Pavement improvements on 35 miles
      • Rancho Cordova to include Sunrise Boulevard: Roadway rehabilitation
    • Other Sacramento Valley County Potholes and Repaving Projects at risk:
      • El Dorado County: Multiple repaving and pavement repair projects include roads damaged by heavy 2017 rains
      • Placer County: Pavement improvements on approximately 75 miles roadway
      • Yolo/Solano County line:  Between I-505 and 1-80
      • Yolo County: Resurface on various sections of 1-5
      • Placer County: Repave sections of 11 different streets in Auburn
  • Traffic Congestion projects in your neighborhood that are at risk
    • Yolo and Sacramento Counties: Install 7 ramp meters along 1-80 at various locations
    • Sacramento County to El Dorado County: Support construction for the Capital South East Connector expressway connecting 1-5 to Highway 50 alleviating traffic congestion and increasing safety
    • El Dorado / Sacramento   County to east of Stateline in Elk Dorado County:  Improve traffic monitoring along Highway 50
    • US 70 in Marysville to US 99 in Yuba City:  Improvements to the Bridge Street corridor to include creating two lanes of traffic in each direction
    • Sutter County:  Widen 3 intersections and add new striping to improve visibility
    • I-5 in Sacramento:  Construct 17 miles of carpool lanes and improvements
    • Highway 50 in Sacramento:  Construct 14 miles of carpool lanes
  • 6,500 Transportation Improvement Projects at RISK
      • Bridges
      • Road Safety
      • Pedestrian Safety
      • Public Transportation Projects

Content for this article and more information on No on 6 can be found at https://noprop6.com

DHA Opens New Office in Manteca

DHA continues to grow with the opening of our newest office in Manteca. Now with four office locations, we are able to better serve our clients throughout the Central Valley and California.

Dave Richard, with 40 years of expertise in water resources and wastewater engineering, will lead the Manteca office and continue to expand the DHA Water Resources group. With the addition of this office, DHA will have the opportunity to house additional technical staff from our transportation, structures, construction management, environmental, and public outreach teams.

Please drop in and say hello the next time you’re in Manteca!

Manteca: 903 West Center Street, Suite 1

Other DHA Locations:

Headquarters: Rancho Cordova

Modesto

Fresno

11th Street East Tracy Overhead Bridge Replacement Project Awarded Project of the Year

Drake Haglan and Associates is proud to congratulate the City of Tracy on receiving the Transportation - Bridge Category $10 - $50 Million Division Project of the Year for the 11th Street East Tracy Overhead Bridge Replacement Project.  The award was issued by the American Public Works Association (APWA) Sacramento Chapter for the single-span structure with an overall bridge length of approximately 291-feet and roadway approach work of 3,400-feet supported by MSE walls to minimize the amount of right of way required and improve site aesthetics.

The existing bridge was a 1,441-foot long, 64-foot wide, multiple simple-span bridge consisting of reinforced concrete T-beams and steel girders, and crossed over three separate Union Pacific Railroad (UPRR) tracks at a skewed angle.

DHA designed a shorter highly-skewed structure in combination with retaining walls and embankment fill at the approaches to span the UPRR mainline tracks.  The superstructure of the replacement bridge consists of a cast-in-place, post-tensioned concrete box girder.

The City’s goal of improved pedestrian safety was also met on this project.  The new roadway section consists of two 12-foot wide through traffic lanes in each direction, 4-foot wide median, 8-foot wide shoulders which serve as Class II bicycle lanes, and 8-foot wide separated mixed use paths on each side that are protected with traffic side barriers.

Much of this project’s success can be attributed to diligent proactiveness by the DHA design team, the Hanna Group CM team, the prime contractor(s) – Teichert/MCM, and the City of Tracy – managed by Zabih Zaca.

The project was a model of collaboration from the beginning through construction completion.

Job well done City of Tracy!  Congratulations!

 

Christa Redd joins DHA’s Environmental Group

Please welcome, Christa Redd, who recently joined Drake Haglan & Associates (DHA) as a Senior Environmental Project Manager.  With 20 years’ experience providing CEQA and NEPA compliance throughout California, Christa has expertise working in Caltrans Districts 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10, 11, and 12 and will provide DHA clients experience, knowledge, and ability to effectively navigate through the Caltrans environmental process.  She has consistently worked on both Local Assistance and Caltrans-lead projects. 

Christa’s college career led her to Oregon State University where she received a BS in Environmental Science, UC Davis Extension where she earned a Certificate in Land Use and Environmental Planning, and University of Nevada, Reno where she earned a MS in Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences.

Throughout her career, Christa provided project analysis and management for a variety of CEQA and/or NEPA projects including transportation (roadways and bridges) to residential, commercial, industrial, institutional, alternative energy, and forest and watershed restoration projects.  She has recently been involved with development application and land use regulation projects related to California’s commercial cannabis industry.  Christa has worked on projects throughout California, as well as portions of Nevada and Arizona. 

While camping, salsa dancing, and fly-fishing are her passions, Christa doesn’t get to do them very often.  These days she can be found on the sidelines cheering on her boys’ soccer, basketball, and baseball teams, or shuttling them to scouting activities or music lessons.  She has also learned to fully embrace college football season, having married into an LSU family.

We are excited to have Christa join the DHA team and look forward to her leadership with the continued growth of the DHA Environmental Group.

DHA Celebrates 1st Anniversary of Fresno Office

Drake Haglan & Associates (DHA) is proudly celebrating the one-year anniversary of our Fresno Office. Project Manager, Greg Gross, PE, joined DHA in the summer of 2017 to manage this strategic Central Valley location, and with his leadership, has expanded the office to include four full-time staff.

With nearly 15 years of municipal and transportation experience, Greg excels at local roadway, highway, interchange, grade separation, and intersection improvement projects. A resident of the Central Valley for more than 10 years, Greg and his wife Erin live in Fresno with their two children, Cole and Paige. Greg is currently serving as President of the APWA Central Valley Chapter.

 

Greg is currently managing roadway design projects for our clients in Fresno and Kings County, as well as serving as the Lead Roadway Engineer on projects for Tulare County, and Caltrans Districts 6 and 10. In addition, DHA’s Fresno Office is providing design and environmental clearance services on HBP-funded bridge replacement projects for Mariposa County.

Please help us congratulate Greg Gross with his success at Drake Haglan and Associates!

Jose Silva Promoted to Principal Engineer

Drake Haglan & Associates (DHA) has promoted Jose Silva to Principal Engineer. With 30 years of experience in the planning, design, and construction of transportation infrastructure, Jose is a graduate of Chico State University (BS Civil Engineering). Specializing in the Caltrans project development process, Jose has managed projects throughout California ranging from complex interchanges to expressway corridors to complete streets to bicycle and pedestrian trails to every roadway surface in between. Jose has been leading projects at DHA since joining the firm in 2013, and routinely authors Project Initiation Documents, Project Reports, Design Exceptions, and Specifications. He is also responsible for approving plans and estimates. A veteran geometrician, Jose has designed numerous miles of roadway for clients throughout California, including the Cities of Goleta and San Diego, the Counties of Placer and Stanislaus, and Caltrans, to name a few.

Jose will continue to leverage his exceptional technical expertise and project management skills for DHA as he leads the roadway design group in collaboration with our bridge, water resources, environmental, construction management, and public outreach teams.

A Colusa native and avid soccer fan, Jose has been a youth coach for Vista Youth Soccer Club and Roseville Youth Soccer Club for 15 seasons. Jose and his wife Rhonda live in Roseville with their two daughters Sofia and Olivia.

DHA Welcomes Anna M Starkey to the Team

Drake Haglan and Associates is excited to announce the addition of Anna M. Starkey, Principal Archaeological Investigator and Cultural Resources expert. She has been with Drake Haglan and Associates for 6 months and brings with her over 11 years’ experience in California prehistoric and historic archaeology and cultural resource management. She provides DHA with resource compliance pertaining to CEQA/ NEPA, Section 106, the National Historic Preservation Act (NHPA), and other pertinent regulations and is experienced in agency and Native American Consultation records searches, literature reviews, and reporting. Anna is qualified to perform all phases of archaeological investigations, evaluations, and associated technical report preparation.

She also meets the Professionally Qualified Staff Standards as a Principal Investigator and earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Sacramento State University, a Master’s Degree in Archaeology and Heritage Management from University of Leicester and is a Registered Professional Archaeologist (#28578094).

Anna is a member of the Society for California Archaeology, Society for American Archaeology, Register of Professional Archeologists, and Association of Environmental Professionals. She lives in Sacramento and enjoys experimental archaeology, ethnobotany, trail riding with her two horses, and hiking with her family.

We are proud to have her as a part of the DHA team!

Congratulations to the City of Goleta on their Project of the Year Award

Drake Haglan and Associates is proud to congratulate the City of Goleta on the Hollister Avenue Class I Bike/Multi-Purpose Path Project of the Year Award in Santa Barbara County issued by the Santa Barbara-Ventura Branch of American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The 14-foot wide concrete path along Hollister Avenue from Ellwood Elementary School to Pacific Oaks Road makes travel to and from the school more accessible for students living in the area, and also serves UCSB students, recreational riders and commuters. The path promotes active and sustainable transportation for all. Sharing in the City’s success, Drake Haglan and Associates prepared design and construction bid documents, and provided construction support for the project.

50 Corridor TMA Engineering Roundtable

Drake Haglan and Associates is proud to join the City of Rancho Cordova in sponsoring the 50 Corridor TMA’s Engineering Roundtable on March 15th. The goal of the TMA is to improve the quality of life through effective transportation planning. This public-private partnership promotes alternative transportation for those who live and work on the 50 Corridor.

This month’s speaker will be Sal Akhter from Streetlight Data, Streetlight Data creates analytics that shine light on mobility behavior. They use cell phone data to aid urban planning, transportation infrastructure design and project evaluation. They use “Big Data” to understand travel patterns, and focus on reducing VMT and improving transportation access and equity.

The TMA improves mobility along the 50 corridor through Advocacy, Employer Support, and Employee support. More information about the TMA is available at: www.50corridor.com