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Ojai Valley Highway 33 study goes before Board of Supervisors Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m.

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Cover of Ojai Valley Highway 33 study. To read it, visit: http://bosagenda.countyofventura.org/sirepub/agdocs.aspx?doctype=agenda&itemid=106109

The Ojai Valley Highway 33 Multimodal and Community Enhancement Study final draft is scheduled to be heard at the Board of Supervisors meeting on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at 10 a.m.
The Board of Supervisors meets in the board room in the county Government Center, Administration Building, 800 S. Victoria Ave. , Ventura. 

The introduction of the study reads:

"Highway 33 is a primary corridor connecting the coastal city of Ventura, CA to the city of Ojai, CA, located in the foothills of the beautiful Los Padres National Forest. Highway 33 carries approximately 21,000 vehicles per day and is a significant roadway for the e ntire region. Between Ventura and Ojai, the Ventura County unincorporated communities of Casitas Springs, Oak View, and Mira Monte are nestled along Highway 33.

"Ventura County,the LocalGovernment Commission,andNelson\Nygaard collaboratedon the developmentoftheOjaiValleyHighway33MultimodalandCommunityEnhancementStudy (Study) in order to understand the unique character of communities along the corridor, and develop recommendations based in community support to improve mobility. The Study provides visionary solutions to the concerns regarding traffic and mobility that Highway 33 introduces to Ojai Valley for Caltrans to consider for future implementation. Via the Caltrans Sustainable Transportation Planning Grant, Caltrans provided an opportunity for the community to express their desire for dedicated and safe facilities to enhance connectivity in community centers, primarily for people who walk, bike, and take transit."

"This studyis a reflectionofthe robust community-basedplanning processthatengagedresidents and stakeholders to generate ideas for both short term improvements and long-term changes. Conversations with community members were focused on identifying strategies and designs to improve safety, access, and mobility for all modes of transportation along the corridor and exploredenhancementstosupportinviting,walkableareaswithinthethreecommunities.A summary of the process and resulting recommendations are included in the chapters that follow."

"It was a joy to participate with the community as they enthusiastically worked with the consultants to develop their roadway safety and mobility enhancement ideas,” stated Ventura County Supervisor Steve Bennett. “Citizen participation is an essential part of good government and I really appreciate your efforts and input.
"That said, the document is a conceptual planning study. We still need your ongoing support and participation. Before many of the concepts can be implemented, further study will be needed. Some of the suggestions will be easier to implement, and we look forward to working with Caltrans and other partners to find ways to construct those projects in the nearer future. 
"In closing, I want to express my appreciation to Caltrans for the grant funding that enabled the community to work together in workshops and focus groups to discuss their concerns and offer potential solutions toward traffic and mobility.  I also recognize all the efforts of County Transportation staff, the Local Government Commission and Nelson/Nygaard consultants to complete this planning effort.”
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