BILL ANALYSIS                                                                                                                                                                                                    

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          Date of Hearing:   August 4, 2010

                                Felipe Fuentes, Chair

                     SB 993 (Huff) - As Amended:  August 2, 2010 

          Policy Committee:                               
          TransportationVote:14-0 (Consent)

          Urgency:     No                   State Mandated Local Program:  
          No     Reimbursable:               


          This bill authorizes the California Transportation Commission  
          (CTC) to relinquish approximately two miles of State Route (SR)  
          66 within the City of Claremont to the city.

           FISCAL EFFECT  

          1)Potentially moderate one-time costs (State Highway Account  
            [SHA]), potentially in the hundreds of thousands to millions  
            of dollars, depending on the outcome of negotiations between  
            Caltrans and the City and a determination by Caltrans that the  
            relinquishment is in the best interest of the state.  (See  
            Comment #1)

          2)Long-term maintenance and repair savings to Caltrans, if the  
            CTC exercises its authority to relinquish these highway  


           1)Background  . Legislation is required before any segment of  
            state highway can be relinquished to another governmental  
            entity.  Relinquishment provides the recipient agency with  
            more control over a local transportation project and relieves  
            Caltrans of any further responsibility to improve, maintain,  
            or repair infrastructure related to the relinquished segment  
            of state highway.

            According to Caltrans, in recent years the initial cost of  
            relinquishments has ranged from $0 to over $1 million per  
            centerline mile.  These costs are driven by a number of  


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            factors, including roadway condition, projected maintenance  
            costs and any planned capital projects.

            The actual cost of a particular relinquishment is negotiated  
            directly with the local agency, but must be based on a  
            cost-benefit analysis using a 10-year analysis period.  Prior  
            to this analysis, the baseline cost is assumed to be $0.  All  
            proposed costs beyond the baseline are subject to review and  
            approval by the Department's Relinquishment Advisory Committee  
            to ensure statewide consistency in application of the  
            established evaluation criteria.

           2)Purpose  . The City of Claremont proposes to improve SR 66-known  
            locally as Foothill Boulevard-as part of its redevelopment  
            plans, which include landscaping, street furniture and other  
            design elements that may be inconsistent with state highway  
            design standards.

           Analysis Prepared by  :    Chuck Nicol / APPR. / (916) 319-2081