I am pleased to announce that I have selected Kenneth Montgomery as my appointee to Irvine’s new Traffic Commission.
Kenneth Montgomery is a retired Civil Engineer with more than 40 years of experience in managing public works and trafﬁc and transportation issues as Director of Public Works for 3 Southern California Cities: Norwalk, Redondo Beach, and Laguna Niguel. Ken retired from the City of Laguna Niguel in 2009 after 18 years as that City’s ﬁrst Director of Public Works/City Engineer. He has been closely following transportation issues in Irvine for decades.
I am delighted that Ken Montgomery will be contributing his expertise and insights to fixing Irvine’s traffic problems and building a transportation system that will serve Irvine in the 21st Century.
When I ran for election to the Irvine City Council, I promised to reduce Irvine’s traffic congestion both in the long and short term, while providing more transportation choices for Irvine’s residents and commuters, and to reduce travel time, reduce noise, improve safety, improve resident access to employment and entertainment centers, improve parking and reduce emissions. Ken Montgomery is also deeply committed to these goals – and he has the expertise, experience, and vision necessary to achieve them.
As Laguna Niguel’s Director of Public Works/City Engineer, Ken managed transportation and trafﬁc issues for this new and developing city, including hiring the trafﬁc engineering staff and managing their Transportation Commission. He has also worked with Caltrans for years on redesigning freeway interchanges to minimize impacts on city streets. Ken is an expert on traffic control devices such as stops signs, new trafﬁc signals, street striping changes and school zone trafﬁc management, and has designed and implemented dozens of major and minor street improvement projects to improve trafﬁc safety, capacity and trafﬁc ﬂow.
Ken is a strong advocate for increased transportation choices as a means of traffic reduction. He was instrumental in building train stations in each of the cities he has served. He was personally responsible for the Metrolink station that serves Laguna Niguel/Mission Viejo, and has worked closely with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) on the bus lines and bus stops and shelters that serve Laguna Niguel.
He is also an avid bicyclist, who knows and champions the Irvine bike trail system. Like Councilmember Fox, he is an advocate for making bicycle commuting safer and more practical.
Ken holds a degree in civil engineering from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. He and his wife Judy have resided in Irvine for 37 years and have lived in the same Woodbridge home since 1980.
Ken is an active member of Irvine Rotary Club and serves on its board. He is also an Irvine CERT member, has served on the Arborlake Home Owners Association Board of Directors, and was a volunteer for the two Solar Decathlons held in Irvine’s Great Park.
“I’m excited to seriously tackle Irvine’s traffic and transportation issues, “Montgomery said. “I look forward to working with Councilmember Melissa Fox, my fellow traffic commissioners, city staff, and all our community stakeholders in getting Irvine moving again.”
The first meeting of the Irvine Traffic Commission is scheduled for Tues., May 16, 2017 at 5:30 p.m. at the City Council chambers. Like all Irvine commission meetings, it is open to the public.