2005 California Streets and Highways Code Sections 1720-1732 Article 5. County Highways Within Cities
1720. This article provides an alternative procedure for the establishment of a county highway within a city. This article shall be applicable in those counties adopting a county highway bond issue after January 1, 1961. 1721. The board of supervisors by resolution may determine that it is of general county interest that an existing street in the county extending in whole or in part within a city be made a county highway within the city or that a new county highway be laid out, acquired, constructed and maintained in whole or in part within a city. The resolution shall describe the proposed location or relocation and the general nature of construction proposed to be undertaken by the county. A copy of such resolution shall be forwarded to the governing body of the city within which is included any portion of the highway. 1722. The governing body of the city, by resolution, may consent to the establishment of the proposed county highway and may relinquish to the county in whole or in part an existing city street. If the governing body of the city wishes to change the location or relocation of the highway proposed by the board of supervisors, it may adopt a report describing the proposed revisions and file a copy with the board of supervisors. The board shall consider the report and may modify its resolution. If the board modifies its resolution it shall forward a copy of such resolution to the governing body of the city. The city may then adopt a resolution of consent to the modified county resolution. 1723. Upon the adoption of the resolution of consent by the city, such street or portion thereof within the city shall thereupon constitute a county highway. A certified copy of such resolution shall be filed with the board of supervisors. When the city council relinquishes an existing city street to the county, a certified copy of such resolution shall be recorded; and upon such recordation, all right, title and interest of the city in and to such portion of the city street shall vest in the county. 1724. Thereafter, the board of supervisors of the county may acquire, construct and maintain such highway as other county highways are acquired, constructed and maintained and may pay for such work out of one or more of the following: (a) The proceeds of any county bond issue for county highway construction; (b) The road fund; (c) The county general fund; (d) Any other funds available for county highway purposes. 1725. Whenever a county highway has been established within a city, as provided in this article, and an extension of such highway in the unincorporated area of the county is thereafter annexed by the city, the portion annexed shall continue to be a county highway until a resolution of relinquishment is adopted in accordance with Section 1731. 1726. The county and city may agree that the city shall acquire, construct or maintain designated county highways or portions thereof within the city, the cost thereof to be paid by the county or the city or both agencies as may be agreed upon. 1727. The city may by agreement co-operate with the county in the acquisition, construction or maintenance of designated county highways or portions thereof within the city in one or more of the following ways: (a) Contribute money or property; (b) Acquire and deliver material; (c) Furnish labor, legal or engineering services; (d) Loan its highway equipment; (e) Contribute money to be used for the payment of interest upon, or for the payment or redemption of bonds, the proceeds of which have been used for work on county highways within the city. 1728. No city street shall be closed, either directly or indirectly, by the construction of a county highway within a city as a freeway except pursuant to an agreement between the city council and the board of supervisors or while temporarily necessary during construction operations. No city street or other public highway shall be opened into or connected with any county highway declared to be a freeway by the board of supervisors unless and until the board of supervisors adopts a resolution consenting to the same and fixing the terms and conditions on which such connection shall be made and the board of supervisors may give or withhold its consent or fix such terms and conditions as in its opinion will best serve the public interest. The board of supervisors is authorized to enter into an agreement with the city council to close any city street at or near the point of its interception with any county highway declared to be a freeway under Section 941.1 or to make provision for carrying such city street over or under or to a connection with the freeway, and the board of supervisors may do any and all work on such city street as is necessary therefor. 1729. The police power of a city with reference to a county highway within the city shall not be limited except as to those matters specifically provided for in this article. 1730. (a) No ordinance of a city relating to the stopping, standing or parking of a vehicle shall become effective as to a county highway established pursuant to this article within the city without prior submission to and approval by the board of supervisors. No city shall erect or maintain any stop sign, semaphore, or other traffic control signaling device in a manner that requires the traffic on any county highway established pursuant to this article within the city to stop before entering or crossing any intersecting street or any railroad grade crossing, without the permission of the board of supervisors. (b) An ordinance adopted on or after January 1, 2005, by a county under Section 21960 of the Vehicle Code to prohibit or restrict pedestrian use of a portion of a county freeway or expressway contained within the limits of a city shall not become operative until approved by the city. 1731. The board of supervisors, by resolution, may relinquish to the city a county highway or any portion thereof located within the city. A certified copy of such resolution shall be filed with the city council. A certified copy of such resolution shall also be recorded in the office of the county recorder, and upon recordation, all right, title and interest of the county in and to such portion of a county highway shall vest in the city, and such highway or portion thereof shall thereupon constitute a city street. 1732. County highways established pursuant to this article shall be included in the terms "maintained mileage of county roads" and "miles of maintained county road" as those terms are used in Chapter 3 (commencing with Section 2100) of Division 3.
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