A.The Riverside County Transportation Commission (RCTC), in cooperation with OCTA and the Foothill-Eastern Transportation Corridor Agency (FE/TCA), commissioned a feasibility evaluation of the Irvine-Corona Expressway (ICE) tunnels.The purpose of the study was to further define and evaluate site conditions that affect the feasibility of constructing transportation tunnels beneath the Cleveland National Forest and connect Orange and Riverside Counties. You can read more about these studies here.
Q. Why is the McKinley Grade Separation Project needed?
A. The traffic congestion and delays due to passing trains is going to continue to get worse as longer and more frequent trains pass through McKinley. The grade separation is necessary to relieve the congestion and provide a safer passage of vehicles, pedestrians and bicyclists over passing trains.
Q. Why has the City Council directed staff to prepare an RFP for the design of the road over tracks option?
A. Grade separation projects are extremely expensive. The cost to construct the road over the tracks is roughly half as expensive as constructing a below-grade roadway separation. While City staff is still in pursuit of funding for the road over the tracks option, funding for the other option appears to be out of reach. The most current cost estimates for these options are provided by clicking here.
Q. If the road over tracks option is pursued, what is the estimated height of bridge for motor traffic, and what is the estimate of clearance for trains and trucks?
A. If the design and construction phases are implemented following the review and approval of the Council at a City Council Meeting, the bridge is likely to be approximately 30 feet high at the highest point. A minimum clearance of 24 feet is required for trains and approximately 17-18 feet for trucks on Sampson.
Q. What is the next step in the process?
A. The Request for Proposals for design services for the road over tracks option will be advertised. Following a review of the received proposals, a discussion regarding whether to award the design contract would be placed on an City Council Meeting agenda.
Q. Will my property or business be needed or impacted by the McKinley Grade Separation Project?
A. Since no decision has been made to either design or construct the McKinley Grade Separation Project, the City has not determined which properties or businesses might be impacted. You should know, however, that no project can proceed unless and until the City acquires any property needed for the project. The City is required to follow strict laws, rules and regulations in acquiring property and compensating businesses.
Q. How will a property or business owner know if and how it is affected by the grade separation project?
A. If the design phase is implemented following the award of the design contract at a City Council Meeting, the design team would follow applicable laws and regulations related to involving affected property owners and business owners by sharing the design concept and seeking their input to minimize impacts as much as possible.
Q. If the project is approved, when is construction anticipated to begin?
A. If the design and construction phases are implemented following the review and approval of the Council at a City Council Meeting, construction would not likely start sooner than early 2021.
Q. How long might construction last?
A. No construction schedule will be known, or available, until after a design is selected. However, projects like this typically take roughly 26 months to complete.
Q. What is the applicable NEPA/CEQA process?
A. The proposed Project would eliminate an existing grade crossing. It is therefore anticipated that the Project would be statutorily exempt from compliance with CEQA. However, in order to help insure that the City is minimizing potential effects on environmental resources, businesses and residents in the area, Citystaff would prepare and present to the City Council for its consideration several technical studies related to environmental impacts. The Project has no anticipated federal funds and, as such, would not be subject to NEPA compliance.
Q. Would McKinley or Sampson be closed during construction?
A. If construction of the project is approved, it may be necessary to close these roads for relatively short durations during construction, such as at night or some weekends. Every effort would be made to accommodate traffic in all directions for most of the duration of the construction period. Lane reductions would be anticipated for much of the construction period.
Q. Will bicycles and pedestrians be able to pass through the area during construction?
A. Should the project be approved and construction commenced, pedestrian and bike access would be provided during construction in designated corridors.
Q. How would I get to my business on Sampson after the bridge is complete?
A. The City anticipates that the design of the project would incorporate a connector road from McKinley to Sampson for local traffic purposes.
Q. Would there be a bike lane on the bridge?
A. The City anticipates that the design of the project would incorporate bike lanes.
Q. Would there be sidewalks on the bridge?
A. The City anticipates that the design of the project would incorporate sidewalks on both sides of the bridge.
Q. Where can citizens direct comments/concerns/questions?
Who is the contact for additional questions about the LED streetlight conversion project?
For more information about the Street and Safety Light Project, please contact Tracy Martin, Utilities Project Manager for the City of Corona, at 951-817‐5880 or Tracy.Martin@CoronaCA.gov.
What is Corona doing with all of the streetlights it is removing?
The existing High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights will be recycled in accordance with all federal and state environmental guidelines.
What are the benefits of the LED streetlight fixture project?
The benefits of this project to Corona include:
Reduced energy consumption, resulting in energy savings and reduced greenhouse gas emissions
Reduced maintenance costs
Better visible light for Corona citizens
How long will the project last?
The installation will begin on November 13th and will run through mid‐February.
How many streetlights is Corona replacing with the LED streetlight conversion project?
This project will replace approximately 8,000 streetlights throughout Corona, most of which are standard streetlights (called “cobra heads”).
Why is Corona doing an LED streetlight conversion project?
Corona is interested in reducing its energy consumption and maintenance costs associated with streetlighting. Installing LED streetlight fixtures will save energy, require less maintenance, and will provide citizens with better light quality on streets and roadways.
Why do the new LED fixtures appear to be dimmer?
Although the new LED fixtures produce a different looking light than the HPS fixtures they replaced, they are not actually dimmer. HPS fixtures tend to produce a bright spot directly underneath the fixture, whereas LEDs create a more even pool of light across the ground or roadway.
What color of light are LED streetlight fixtures?
Contrary to the orange light that High Pressure Sodium (HPS) fixtures produce, LED streetlight fixtures are a cooler, white light under which it is easier to see true colors.
What are LED streetlights?
Light Emitting Diodes (LED) are a technology that has been used in solid state lighting for decades. More recently, LED technology has advanced to streetlight applications. LED streetlights are extremely energy efficient, have long life spans, and produce a better color and quality of light than typical High Pressure Sodium (HPS) streetlights.
What kind of streetlights does Corona currently use?
The majority of streetlights currently used in Corona are High Pressure Sodium (HPS) lights. While HPS is one of the most common streetlight technologies across the country, it has several drawbacks. HPS streetlights are not very energy efficient, cast an orange light which can make it difficult to see color, and tend to produce light that is not of optimal quality.
Q. I need to get an Overload Transportation Permit, what do I do?
A. For Daily Overload Permits:
Please fill out an overload transportation permit application, and come to the PW Counter with a copy of your insurance for General Liability. It must list the City of Corona as an Additional Insured and Certificate Policy Holder. The permit fee is $16.00. For a map of approved overload truck routes contact the Public Works Counter at (951) 736-2259. For Annual Overload Permits:
Annual Overload Permits are $90.00. They may contain up to 6 different license numbers for 6 different trucks. In addition to the application, an agreement must be signed ensuring that you will abide by City of Corona Ordinances. An original copy of General Liability Insurance listing the City of Corona as Additionally Insured and Certificate Policy Holder is necessary to receive an Annual Overload Permit.
Q. I'd like to have a block party on my street, how do I get a permit?
A. Please complete a Block Party Permit Application, be sure to include the responsible party’s information. You’ll also need to bring a hand-drawn site plan showing addresses, street names and locations of barricades; the $60.00 permit fee; and a petition signed by EVERYONE who will be affected by the street closure. To obtain a Block Party Permit Application, come to the PW Counter or download Block Party Application.
Once you have submitted a completed permit application, the PW staff will process your permit. On the first business day before your party, you can pick up the city issued barricades from the Street Maintenance Division at Corporate Yard Facility on Public Safety Way. Be sure to bring your receipt with you to get your loaned barricades, as this serves as proof of issuance of the permit. Please note that even though you are blocking the street, you still may not place an object in the street that may be hard to move quickly in the unfortunate circumstance that emergency vehicles need to visit your location. This means that objects such as a "Bounce House" may not be placed in the public right-of-way and must be placed entirely on the property of a home owner.
Q. I have a drainage problem on my property, how do I get it resolved?
A. If you believe the drainage issue is being caused by a city facility, please contact Public Works for assistance at (951) 736-2266. If you believe the drainage issue is being caused by another property owner adjacent to you, it is likely a civil matter and the City may not be able to assist with correction of the problem. If you believe your property is still under a developer's one year maintenance period, please contact Public Works Inspection for assistance at (951) 279-3511.
Q. I'm building a pool, what do I need to get my permit?
A. To get your pool permit, come to City Hall to the Public Service Counter. Here you'll need to speak with the Planning, Building, and Public Works Departments. Please bring three (3) site plans with you . Planning will help you obtain your Tract Map/Parcel Map Number and Lot/Parcel Number. Public Works will then check for any existing easements on your property which may be impacted by construction. Once Public Works approves your site plan (regarding easement non-interference), the Building Department will handle the rest of the permit process.
Q. I'd like to get a temporary construction water meter, what do I need to do?
A. Typically, you'll need to come to the PW Counter at City Hall with $1,200.00 and a current City Business License. The $1,200 includes a $750 deposit for the meter, a $400 water deposit, and a $50 permit fee. The permit will need to be renewed every month. You will be asked for hydrant number or the location of the fire hydrant you'd like to set the meter on. Please note: the PW Counter will process your fee and issue you a receipt for the construction meter. The administering of the meter is handled entirely by the Utilities Department. You may contact Utilities at (951) 736-2234.
Q. I am planning on developing my property, what are the fees and processes?
A. There are several items that need to be addressed. Requirements may include; payment of development impact fees, plan check fees, inspection fees, grading & improvement fees, guarantee and construction of public improvements, and engineering drawings submitted for plan check and approval. For detailed information, please contact Public Works at (951) 736-2259.
Q. Where is Corona's Public Works Counter?
A. The PW Counter is conveniently located in City Hall at 400 South Vicentia Avenue. The counter is located on the first floor along with the Planning, Building, and Utilities Public Service Counters.