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Traffic Coordinating Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes - July 27, 2016

Minutes
Wednesday, July 27, 2016

AGENDA
2:00 p.m.
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy, Medford, OR – Room 151
 
10.      Roll Call

20.      Approval of Minutes – June 22, 2016

25.      Consent Calendar
25.1       Fir Street – Removal of previously requested Loading Zone
25.2       Hedrick Middle School – Changed two existing parking spots from 1-hour to 15 min
25.3       Riverside, opposite Roadway Inn – Install ONE-WAY sign

30.         Agenda Items
30.1       Samike Drive and South Stage Road - Stop/Yield Request
30.2       Country Club Drive- Request for Traffic Calming
30.3       East Main Street and N Keene Way Drive- Request for Crosswalk Improvements
30.4       Columbus Avenue and West 2nd Street- Request for Crosswalk Improvements

40.         Reports
40.1       Oregon Impact Newsletter – July 2016

50.         Non-agenda Items

60.         Adjournment


MINUTES

10.       Roll Call
The following members were present:  Peggy Penland, Chairperson; Cheryl Noles, AAA; and Lewis Osborn, At-Large member.
 
Staff representatives present:  Christina Charvat, Traffic Engineering Technician; Don Lane, MPD, Jeff Simas, Public Works Traffic Supervisor; Don Lane, MPD; Sheila Giorgetti, Administrative Support Technician.
 
Citizens in attendance:  Tom Feld, Carmen Smith, Miguel Moreno, Mark Ness.
 
The meeting was called to order at 12:00 by Peggy Penland.  A quorum was present.
 
20.       Approval of Minutes
Lewis Osborn MOVED to accept the minutes of June 22, 2016.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
25.       Consent Calendar
25.1     Fir Street – Removal of previously requested Loading Zone
25.2     Hedrick Middle School – Changed two existing parking spots from 1-hour to 15 min on Keene Way
25.3     Riverside, opposite Roadway Inn – Install ONE-WAY sign
 
30.       Monthly Agenda
 
30.1     Samike Drive and South Stage Road - Stop/Yield Request
Tom Feld, 10 E South Stage Road, spc. #317, Medford, OR 97501 has submitted an electronic Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting STOP or YIELD signs at the intersection of South Stage Road and Samike Drive.
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  South Stage Road is a 52 foot wide minor arterial street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, bike lanes, and street lighting.  Samike is a 36 foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, and street lighting. Parking is available on both sides, except in the vicinity of South Stage Road where one side has been restricted.
 
The intersection of Samike and South Stage is an atypical four way intersection.  Both Samike and South Stage end at their intersection.  San George Estates has a driveway, Devonshire Lane, which is built more like an intersection leg than a private access driveway.  The Bear Creek Greenway trail also connects at the intersection creating a fourth leg.
 
The Traffic Engineering Division conducted a standard STOP Sign Warrant Investigation.   As discussed at the June 22, 2016, TCC meeting, a roundabout feasibility study was conducted.  Staff concluded that a roundabout is not a feasible installation at this location.
 
MUTCD considerations:
Section 2B.06 STOP Sign Applications
Guidance:
01 At intersections where a full stop is not necessary at all times, consideration should first be given to using less restrictive measures such as YIELD signs (see Sections 2B.08 and 2B.09).
02 The use of STOP signs on the minor-street approaches should be considered if engineering judgment indicates that a stop is always required because of one or more of the following conditions:
The vehicular traffic volumes on the through street or highway exceed 6,000 vehicles per day;
A restricted view exists that requires road users to stop in order to adequately observe conflicting traffic on the through street or highway; and/or
Crash records indicate that three or more crashes that are susceptible to correction by the installation of a STOP sign have been reported within a 12-month period, or that five or more such crashes have been reported within a 2-year period. Such crashes include right-angle collisions involving road users on the minor-street approach failing to yield the right-of-way to traffic on the through street or highway.
 
Section 5B.02 STOP and YIELD Signs
Guidance:
01 STOP (R1-1) and YIELD (R1-2) signs (see Figure 5B-1) should be considered for use on low-volume roads where engineering judgment or study, consistent with the provisions of Sections 2B.04 to 2B.10, indicates that either of the following conditions applies:
An intersection of a less-important road with a main road where application of the normal right-of-way rule might not be readily apparent.
An intersection that has restricted sight distance for the prevailing vehicle speeds.
 
Based on MUTCD 2B.06 and 5B.02, staff recommends that a YIELD sign be installed on Samike Drive at South Stage and at the exit of San George Estates.
 
Tom Feld, resident of San Georges Estates, informed the committee that he is happy with the staff recommendation. 
 
Lewis Osborn MOVED to accept the staff recommendation to install YIELD signs.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
  
30.2     Country Club Drive- Request for Traffic Calming
Charles Carroway, 2516 Country Club Drive, Medford, OR 97504 has submitted an electronic Citizen Request Form requesting assistance in mitigating speeders and limiting volume on Country Club Drive.
 
Christina gave the staff report.  Country Club Drive is a 34 foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, non-continuous sidewalks, and intermittent street lighting on one side.  Volumes have been counted routinely every other year since 2000; the 2016 count recorded 3,100 vehicles per day.
 
The segment in question is approximately 2,100 feet in length from Murphy Road to Black Oak Drive.  The north side of the road is primarily Rogue Valley Country Club while the south side is residential.  The speed limit is statutory 25 mph.
 
At this time, there isn’t an appropriate traffic calming measure for this area.  Staff recommends denial of the request and involve the Medford Police Department for continued enforcement.
 
Lewis Osborn MOVED to accept the staff recommendation and deny this request.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.3     East Main Street and N Keene Way Drive- Request for Crosswalk Improvements
John Rodrigues, 1511 East Main Street, Medford, OR 97504 has submitted an electronic Citizen Request Form requesting a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon across Main Street at North and South Keene Way Drive.
 
Christina gave the staff report.  East Main Street is a 42 foot wide major collector with curb and gutter, no sidewalks or bike lanes, and street lighting along the north side.  The speed limit is 30mph and volume is approximately 9,600 vehicles per day (VPD).  North Keene Way Drive is a 30 foot wide residential street with no curb and gutter or sidewalks.  Street lighting is available.  Volume is approximately 1,100 VPD.  South Keene Way Drive is a 40 foot wide residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, and no street lighting.  Volume is approximately 900 VPD.
 
The intersection of East Main Street and North and South Keene Way Drive is offset with a marked crosswalk between the northwest and southeast corners.  An always active flashing beacon is present with pedestrian advisory signs at the crosswalk.  The eastbound direction has an advance pedestrian advisory sign.
 
The Traffic Engineering Division conducted a crosswalk study at this location.  The proximity to Hedrick Middle School is a consideration at this location.  The existing treatments at this location are appropriate for the observed usage.  Sight-distance is a challenge and improvements to pedestrian advisory signage would be beneficial. 
 
Staff recommends installation of advance pedestrian advisory sign and add this location to the crosswalk treatment consideration list. 
 
Lewis Osborn MOVED to accept the staff recommendation to install advanced pedestrian advisory signs on East Main Street.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
  
30.4     Columbus Avenue and West 2nd Street- Request for Crosswalk Improvements
Thirty six people submitted a Citizen Request Form requesting improvements, including a Rectangular Rapid Flash Beacon (RRFB), to the crossing of Columbus Avenue at West 2nd Street.
 
Christina gave the staff report.  Columbus Avenue is a 44 foot wide major arterial with curb and gutter, sidewalks, and street lighting.  Posted speed is 35 mph.  Volume count from 2016 recorded 12,500 vehicles per day.
 
The intersection of Columbus Avenue and West 2nd Street is offset with a marked crosswalk between the southwest and southeast corners.  The northbound direction has an advance pedestrian advisory sign and a pedestrian advisory sign at the crosswalk.  The southbound direction has an advance pedestrian advisory sign and a pedestrian advisory sign just prior to the crosswalk.
 
The Traffic Engineering Division conducted a crosswalk study at this location.  Crossings observed during the school year were less than 8 per hour.  The width of Columbus Avenue and its four lanes make this intersection complicated.  An RRFB similar to the one located near RCC would help, but would not be a short-term fix because it is a larger project.  Advance stop bars and accompanying signs are a near-term solution that could be placed in advance of the crossing.  This would give drivers another opportunity to become aware of the upcoming crosswalk and help minimize the danger of the second lane.
 
Staff recommends modifying advance pedestrian signage and adding stop bars in both directions, and adding this location to the crosswalk treatment consideration list.
 
Miguel Moreno and Carmen Smith, whose son was struck by a car in this intersection, addressed the committee, clarifying that there are more pedestrians using the crosswalk than the staff study found.  There are bus stops for elementary and high school children on both sides of Columbus that use the crossing.  More is needed to alert other drivers that there is a crossing; in addition when a car does stop, other cars do not slow down or stop. 
 
Mark Ness agreed that the statistics are skewed and this is a dangerous crosswalk.  He feels that a pedestrian sting operation in this location would be beneficial.  Driver behavior is the concern.
 
Peggy Penland suggested contacting the school district or First Student and see if there is a better place for busses to pick-up and drop off students. 
 
Lewis Osborn MOVED to accept the staff recommend of relocating advance pedestrian warning signs and adding this location to the crosswalk treatment consideration list.  Cheryl Noles asked that the motion be amended to include checking with the school district and/or First Student to see if bus stops can be adjusted to minimize students crossing Columbus Avenue.  Lewis amended his motion and Cheryl SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
40.       Reports
40.1 – Oregon Impact Newsletter – July 2016
The committee reviewed and discussed this month’s Oregon Impact Newsletter.
 
50.       Non-Agenda Items
None.
 
60.       Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 12:49 p.m.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
 
Sheila Giorgetti
Administrative Support Technician
 

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