DPW - County Roads
An encroachment permit is required for any work done in the public right of way. Failure to obtain an encroachment permit may result in fines and other penalties.
Midcoast Road Standards
Road standards: map
DPW does not check street lights, but depends on residents to report outages. Leave voice message (650) 599-1407 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LED Streetlights for Midcoast
LED streetlights can reduce energy costs and CO2 emissions by 60%. The Midcoast LED streetlight project goal is to replace existing sodium vapor fixtures at comparable brightness on the same arms at the same height on existing poles. No additional lights are planned. Shields for any intrusive lights next to homes could be added afterwards, upon individual request to County DPW at email@example.com.
In 2015, to determine if residents supported the LED conversion, the County installed a pilot project consisting of two LED streetlights near each Midcoast post office (one standard and one with amber chip) so residents could see their nighttime effect. SpeakOut online forum received public comments for 40 days during May/June. The amber light had most support and there were requests for reduced light intensity. A follow-up test installation with dimmer amber lights received very few but mostly favorable comments. The County agreed to move forward with Midcoast installation of the fixture requested in MCC 9/9/15 letter.
In Jan 2017 PG&E began installation of LED fixtures, but halted after a few days when it was pointed out that the wrong fixture was being installed -- whiter and brighter than agreed upon. The correct fixtures are on order from the manufacturer, with estimated installation in June 2017.
Lighting District Maps:
Highway 1 lighting issues
In June 2012 the MCC did a Moss Beach Hwy 1 lighting survey which revealed about half the lights were burned out. MCC reported this to DPW and bulbs were replaced.
In spring/summer 2012 Supervisor Horsley exchanged letters with Caltrans asking for improved lighting along Highway 1 in downtown Moss Beach (4/26, 5/16, 7/16, 9/20), due to several pedestrian accidents in the area during hours of darkness. Caltrans gave the County permission to install a streetlight in the east-side highway right-of-way at Virginia, which DPW accomplished three years later in April 2015. PG&E finally energized the light in early 2016 -- almost four years start to finish for the streetlight installation.