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Traffic Coordinating Committing Meeting Agenda & Minutes - April 27, 2016

Minutes
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Noon - Annex Conference Room 151 - 200 S. Ivy, Medford, OR

AGENDA  

 
10.       Roll Call
 
20.       Approval of Minutes – March 23, 2016 
 
25.       Consent Calendar
            25.1 – Spring Speed Zone
            25.2 – McAndrews Speed Zone
            25.3 – N Phoenix Speed Zone
            25.4 – Valley View Speed Zone        
            25.5 – Hillcrest Speed Zone
            25.6 – Lone Pine and Foothill- Intersection Improvements
 
30.       Monthly Agenda
            30.1 – Calle Vista, east of N Phoenix – Neighborhood Traffic Concerns
            30.2 – O’Hare Parkway and Heathrow Way – Stop/Yield Request
            30.3 – Lowry Lane and Highgate Street – Stop/Yield Request
           
40.       Reports
            40.1 – Oregon Impact Newsletter – April 2016
            40.2 – Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State, 2015 Preliminary Data – GHSA
 
50.       Non-Agenda Items
            50.1 – Public Works Day at School- May 26th, 2016 at Hoover Elementary, 8am-3:30pm
           
60.       Adjournment
 

Committee Members:
Peggy Penland, Chairperson; Mike Montero, Medford Chamber of Commerce; Matthew Conde, AAA Automobile Club; Jeff Morejohn, Medford School District; Lewis Osborn, Member at Large.
 
Alternate Members:
Cheryl Noles, AAA Automobile Club; Brad Hicks and Curt Burrill, Medford Chamber of Commerce.
 
The meeting location is accessible to persons with disabilities.  A request for an interpreter for the hearing impaired or for other accommodations for persons with disabilities should be made at least 48 hours before the meeting by calling 774-2100 or 774-2569 (TTY).

MINUTES

Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy Street - Room 151
April 27, 2016 - 12:00 p.m.

10.       Roll Call
The following members were present:  Peggy Penland, Chairperson; Mike Montero, Chamber of Commerce; Matthew Conde, AAA; and Lewis Osborn, At-Large member
 
Staff representatives present:  Christina Charvat, Public Works Engineering; Karl MacNair, Public Works Engineering; Jeff Simas, Public Works Operations; Greg Nichols, MPD, Sheila Giorgetti, Public Works Engineering.
 
Citizens in attendance:  Harold Lutes.
 
The meeting was called to order at 11:55am by Peggy Penland.  A quorum was present.
 
20.       Approval of Minutes
Matthew Conde MOVED to accept the minutes of March 23, 2016.  Lewis Osborn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
25.       Consent Calendar
25.1 – Spring Speed Zone: Speed limit lowered to 30mph between Crater Lake Ave and N. Keene Way
25.2 – McAndrews Speed Zone: Speed limit set to 40mph between Hillcrest and 500 feet east of Brookdale
25.3 – N Phoenix Speed Zone: No changes, remains 45mph
25.4 – Valley View Speed Zone: Speed limit lowered to 30mph from Main to Hillcrest
25.5 – Hillcrest Speed Zone: Speed limit lowered to 30mph from Valley View to 150 feet east of Eastover Terrace
25.6 – Lone Pine and Foothill- Intersection Improvements: add street sign above stop sign and update striping and stop bar on eastbound approach, install edge line delineators on Lone Pine
 
Mike Montero requested an explanation be added to the minutes explaining the process of investigations.  The following paragraphs are provided. 
 
The Basic Rule Law (ORS 811.100) applies to all roadways in Oregon and is the umbrella under which all other speed laws are subordinate.  It requires that, regardless of any posted speed signs, a driver must give due regard to existing conditions and not drive faster than what is reasonable and prudent.  Aside from Basic Rule, the law provides two ways for speeds to be set.  To distinguish between them, we refer to them generally as “statutory speeds” and “designated speeds.”
 
A statutory speed is one that is specifically described in the law (Oregon Revised Statutes), such as 15 mph in an alley, 20 mph in a business district, 20 mph in a school zone, and 25 mph in a residence district, among others.  Most other speeds are designated, set under the authority of the State Traffic Engineer in Salem, after an engineering (speed zone) investigation has been conducted.
 
The Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) has the responsibility to investigate most public roads at the request of the road authority.  Many factors are taken into account in the course of a speed zone investigation to establish a designated speed.  Those factors include roadway and roadside characteristics, horizontal and vertical alignment (curves, hills, etc.), crash history, volume of traffic, types of vehicles that use the road, pedestrian and bicycle usage, and the 85th percentile speed.
 
The 85th percentile speed is used by roadway authorities in most of the world to set speeds.  The engineering principle for it is as follows:  On any given roadway under normal free-flowing traffic and not during adverse weather conditions (regardless of whether or not it has speed signs posted), 85 percent of all motorists will drive at or below the speed that is safe, prudent and reasonable for that road.  Fifteen percent will drive above that speed.  The idea is to set the speed to the 5 mph increment nearest the 85th percentile, with the goal of obtaining maximum compliance by the prudent drivers, and then the imprudent ones can be ticketed.  If the speed is set too far below the 85th percentile, you don’t change driver behavior, you merely increase the number of violators and breed disrespect for speed postings.  The only way to get compliance in that situation is to have 24-hour-per-day enforcement, in which case you have an undesirable speed trap.  The State Traffic Engineer’s authority to designate speeds is limited to 10 mph below the 85th percentile on city streets, county roads, and state highways within city limits.
 
When the investigation is completed, a report is prepared by ODOT including a recommendation for the designated speed.  If the road jurisdiction agrees with the recommendation, the speed zone is established.  If not, the road authority can provide additional information for the objection.  A mutual agreement may be reached or the case is referred to the Speed Zone Review Panel for further discussion.
 
30.       Monthly Agenda
 
30.1     Calle Vista, east of N Phoenix – Neighborhood Traffic Concerns
Harold Lutes, 3755 Calle Vista Drive, Medford, OR 97504, has contacted City Councilman Daniel Bunn requesting review of the neighborhood in regards to traffic speed and truck traffic.
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  Calle Vista Drive is a 36 foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting and parking available on both sides.  The volume count from 2014 was 1600 vehicles per day.

The area east of North Phoenix Road is still being developed.  Public Works has communicated to developers that Lone Oak Drive (a collector street) is to be used as the primary road for truck access.  Speed limit signs have been installed on all residential streets off of Lone Oak Drive from Cherry Lane to Calle Vista Drive. 
 
Staff recommends installation of NO TRUCKS signs on Calle Vista Drive at N. Phoenix Road and Lone Oak Drive.
 
Harold Lutes, 3755 Calle Vista Drive, Medford, OR 97504 shared an article from the Mail Tribune that was written by Dick Gordon titled “We Are All Fortunate To Live In Medford.”  He stated that Calle Vista Drive is designed for residential use, not for trucks weighing up to 80,000 lbs.  As result of continuing construction, Calle Vista Drive is deteriorating with cracking and crumbling; he says in two to three years it will need major work to repair.  He is requesting NO TRUCKS signs be installed along with the newly installed speed signs.  Mr. Lutes stated that another issue is speed. 
 
The Committee feels the Staff recommendation is appropriate.  Mike Montero asked whether the developers have been notified in writing; Christina responded that they have not, but will send them a letter. 
 
Mike Montero MOVED to provide written communication to the developers and install NO TRUCKS signs on Calle Vista at N. Phoenix Road and Lone Oak Drive.  Matthew Conde SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.2     O’Hare Parkway and Heathrow Way – Stop/Yield Request
Linda Cope, 1530 N. Modoc, Medford, OR 97504, has submitted an electronic Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting STOP or YIELD signs at the intersection of O’Hare Parkway and Heathrow Way.
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  O’Hare Parkway is a 36 foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting and parking available on both sides.  Volume counts recorded 2020 vehicles per day.
Heathrow Way is a 36 foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting and parking available on both sides.  Volume counts recorded 385 vehicles per day entering the intersection.
The intersection of O’Hare Parkway and Heathrow Way is a T-intersection.  O’Hare Parkway is the primary movement through the development, which is primarily mixed commercial use.  No other intersections within the development are controlled and a speed zone is not currently posted.  Staff is sending a recommendation of 30 mph to ODOT, which will conduct a review of this area. 
The Traffic Engineering Division has conducted a standard STOP Sign Warrant Investigation and recommends denial of the request based on lack of satisfied warrant.  The property owner has been contacted to correct the landscaping sight-distance issue.
 
Matthew Conde asked what if the ODOT report comes back and calls for a 25 mph zone; is that significant enough for sight distance?  Christina responded that this will be readdressed at that time. 
 
Matthew Conde MOVED to delay a decision until receipt of the ODOT speed zone report and revisit at that time.  Lewis Osborn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.3     Lowry Lane and Highgate Street – Stop/Yield Request
Rich Rosenthal, City of Medford Recreation Superintendent has submitted an electronic Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting STOP or YIELD signs at the intersection of Lowry Lane and Highgate Street.
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  Highgate Street is a 36 foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting and parking available on both sides.
Lowry Lane is a partially improved 36 foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting and parking available on both sides. The south side of the street, west of Highgate is not up to City standard and is a County road.
 
The Traffic Engineering Division has conducted a standard STOP Sign Warrant Investigation and recommends installation of STOP signs on Highgate Street on both approaches to Lowry.  Parking issues during events at US Cellular Park influenced the decision for a STOP sign rather than YIELD.
 
Mike Montero MOVED to install STOP signs on Highgate Street at both approaches to Lowry Lane.  Matthew Conde SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
40.       Reports
40.1 – Oregon Impact Newsletter – April 2016
40.2 – Pedestrian Traffic Fatalities by State, 2015 Preliminary Data – GHSA
 
50.       Non-Agenda Items
50.1 – Public Works Day at School is May 26th, 2016, at Hoover Elementary, 8:00 am -3:30 pm. 
 
Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 12:30 pm.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
 
Sheila Giorgetti
Administrative Support Technician
 
 

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