Fair Oaks Boulevard Traffic Signal Installation Project


SCH Number
Lead Agency
Sacramento County
Document Title
Fair Oaks Boulevard Traffic Signal Installation Project
Document Type
NOE - Notice of Exemption

Document Description
This project wil install a new traffic signal at the intersection of Fair Oaks Boulevard and Garfield Avenue. Additionally, an existing, non-standard, west-bound bus stop on Fair Oaks Boulevard approaching the intersection will be relocated to the departure side of the intersection. Other improvements include the construction of a raised landscaped median, extension of sidewalks for pedestrian accessibility, and reconstruction of existing sidewalk ramps to comply with ADA requirements. The signal configuration at this intersection is unique in that access will be limited. No left turns will be allowed from Garfield Avenue onto Fair Oaks Blvd. Peak hour intersection counts revealed that left-turning movements were nominal, which justified the proposed configuration. Also, accident reports over the past several years indicated that the left-turn movement from Garfield Avenue yielded the most frequent accidents at this intersection, making this movement very unsafe. Furthermore, there are three existing residential driveways at the intersection of Garfield Avenue and Fair Oaks Blvd. that will also not be allowed to turn left onto Fair Oaks Blvd. The driveway locations presented a conflict with a traditional signalized intersection configuration. Because of the proximity of the three, separately owned driveways to the intersection, all of the driveways could not be combined into a single movement. Therefore, in order to block unsafe entry into the intersection from these driveways, a raised median is included in the design. Left turn pockets are proposed for vehicles traveling northbound and southbound on Fair Oaks Blvd. U-turns will be allowed at these locations. Three of the residentiall driveways will be provided with video detection in order to allow protected access out of the driveways onto Fair Oaks Blvd.

Contact Information
Joyce Horizumi
Sacramento County Dept. of Environmental Review
827 7th Street, Room 220
Sacramento, CA 95814

Phone : (916) 874-7914



Notice of Exemption

Exempt Status
Categorical Exemption
Type, Section or Code
Section 15301(c)
Reasons for Exemption
The proposed project consists of minor alteration of existing public facilities involving negligible expansion of use beyond that existing at the present time. The project consists of street and pedestrian way improvements and involves the construction of a limited number of small structures (traffic lights, walkway ramps, and car sensors) and modifications to an existing structure (relocation of a fire hydrant, road striping, sidewalk, etc.). Although the project requires three right-of-way acquisitions, these acquisitions are minor and exist in areas with no significant structures or native and landmark trees. The project is not located in an environmentally sensitive area and is consistent with the provisions of section 15301; and is therefore exempt from the provisions of CEQA.

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