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Traffic Coordinating Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes - October 26, 2016

Minutes
Wednesday, October 26, 2016

Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy, Medford, OR – Room 151
12:00 p.m.
 
10.      Roll Call

20.      Approval of Minutes – September 28, 2016

25.      Consent Calendar
25.1       Lillian Street at Schafer- NO OUTLET sign
 
30.      Agenda Items
30.1       Hillcrest Road and N. Modoc Avenue - Request for Crosswalk Improvements
30.2       Main Street and Ivy Street - Request for Crosswalk Improvements
30.3       Alameda Street and Olympic Avenue – Stop/Yield Request
30.4       Windsor and Woodlawn – Stop/Yield Request
30.5       O’Hare Parkway and Heathrow Way – Stop/Yield Request
30.6       West 2nd between Holly and Oakdale – Parking Restriction
30.7       Progress Drive - Parking Restriction Review
 
40.      Reports
40.1       Oregon Impact Newsletter – October 2016
40.2       Portland Wants to Rethink Speed Limits By Factoring in Walkers and Bikers
 
50.      Non-agenda Items

60.      Adjournment

MINUTES

10.       Roll Call
The following members were present:  Jeffrey Morejohn, Medford School District; Cheryl Noles, AAA; Mike Montero, Chamber of Commerce; and Lewis Osborn, At-Large Member
 
Staff representatives present:  Christina Charvat, Traffic Engineering Technician; Jeff Simas, Public Works Supervisor; Trevor Arnold, MPD; Sheila Giorgetti, Administrative Support Technician
 
Citizens in attendance:  Tom Tangeman, Ursula Tangeman, Pat Mayerle, Luana Perry, Donald Perry, Anne White, Doug White, LeeAnn Loftin, Karin Wares, Susan Patterson
 
The meeting was called to order at 12:00 p.m. by Mike Montero.  A quorum was present.
 
20.       Approval of Minutes
Lewis Osborne MOVED to accept the minutes of September 28, 2016.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
25.       Consent Calendar
25.1          Lillian Street at Schafer- NO OUTLET sign
 
30.       Monthly Agenda
 
NOTE:  Agenda item 30.4 was moved to beginning of the agenda due to the number of citizens present. 
 
30.4     Windsor and Woodlawn – Stop/Yield Request
Five people have submitted a Citizen Traffic Request Form or emailed requesting STOP or YIELD signs at the intersection of Windsor and Woodlawn. One person has objected via email to the installation of a device.
 
Amy Costanti, 60 Fair Oaks Drive
Luana Perry, 233 Windsor Avenue
Sara Doherty, 264 S. Modoc Avenue
LeeAnn Loftin, 85 Windsor Avenue
Steve Ivey, 300 Windsor Avenue
Tom and Ursula Tangeman, 2200 Woodlawn Avenue
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  Windsor Avenue and Woodlawn Drive are both residential streets. Both streets have segments with and without curb and gutter. Neither street has sidewalks. Pavement widths vary between 20 and 38 feet. Statutory speed is 25MPH.
 
The intersection of Woodlawn Drive and Windsor Avenue has always been a four-way uncontrolled intersection, but one leg was a dirt road.  Woodlawn was paved this summer, changing the previously existing conditions.  There is substantial vegetation growing inside the clear triangle (Municipal Code 10.735) on the northeast and southeast corners of the intersection, regardless of whether those approaches are controlled.
 
The Traffic Engineering Division has conducted a standard STOP Sign Warrant Investigation and recommends consideration of the request.  A YIELD sign is warranted at 14 points; visibility is a factor and if visibility were increased, a YIELD sign would not be warranted. 
 
Tom Tangeman represented Woodlawn and Windsor citizens in attendance.  Mr. Tangeman stated he requested installation of a STOP sign several years ago.  He proceeded to give an overview of the two streets and the particular circumstances of the Woodlawn/Windsor intersection.  The area has a lot of pedestrian traffic.  In addition, the existing vegetation doesn’t allow enough visibility to ensure safety.  Mr. Tangeman asked for installation of a STOP sign and removal of vegetation. 
 
Mike Montero noted that this is a charming neighborhood, but as we become more urbanized, charming becomes dangerous.  He states that this request will initiate demands to remove vegetation among neighbors. 
 
Lewis Osborn stated that removing vegetation without traffic controls will just increase speed.  Officer Trevor Arnold asked Christina to clarify the amount of visibility needed for a STOP versus YIELD sign.  She responded that a YIELD sign would require greater visibility.  All applicable owners will be notified to remove vegetation. 
 
Jeff Morejohn feels a YIELD sign isn’t enough, STOP signs should be placed.  Lewis agrees.  Christina asked the citizens present if a stop is always necessary.  The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices provides guidance on the use of devices.  If a stop is not always necessary, consideration should first be given to using a YIELD sign.  Mr. Tangeman responded that residents stop there any way.  Traffic on Windsor has increased. 
 
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to install STOP signs on Windsor.  Lewis stated he thinks the STOP signs should be on Woodlawn because Windsor has higher traffic volume and a minor street should be stopped before a major. 
 
Mike Montero SECONDED the motion to install STOP signs on Windsor Avenue.  Jeff Morejohn agreed.  Lewis Osborn disagrees; will agree if STOP signs are placed on Woodlawn.  Jeff revised his motion to install STOP signs on Woodlawn Avenue.  Lewis Osborn SECONDED.  Motion passed. 
 
NOTE:  Discussion returned to agenda sequence.
 
30.1     Hillcrest Road and N. Modoc Avenue - Request for Crosswalk Improvements
Nine people have submitted a Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting a marked crosswalk on Hillcrest Road at N. Modoc Avenue.
 
Richard Wright (phone-in), 117 Kensington Square 97504
Doug and Anne White, 109 Kensington Square 97504
Sigi Barron, 224 Kensington Square 97504
Sheila Kimball, 141 Kensington Square 97504
Lou Stabler, 233 Kensington Square 97504
Arlette Arnst, 200 Kensington Square 97504
Matthew Messner, 125 Kensington Square 97504
Erin and Jon Brower, 248 Kensington Square 97504
Karen R Foster, 2435 Lyman Ave 97504
 
This item was last reviewed by the TCC in October 2014.
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  Mike Montero asked Christina to start with giving an overview of crosswalk policy. 
 
Hillcrest Road is a 44 foot wide major collector with a bike lane and travel lane in each direction and a parking lane on the south curb adjacent to Ruhl Park. Sidewalks (east-west) are present on the north side of Hillcrest, connecting Black Oak to Valley View and beyond. Sidewalks are only available on the south side adjacent to Ruhl Park.  Average daily traffic is 10,100 vehicles per day.
 
Kensington Square is a residential street consisting of two 20 foot wide one-way streets with planter strip between them. Kensington Square has curb and gutter, sidewalk, no street lighting and serves 26 houses.  N. Modoc is an unimproved residential street of varied paved width. Street lighting is present in the vicinity of Ruhl Park.
 
In October 2014, the TCC recommended that existing but worn crosswalk markings be fully removed. The markings were not removed until the asphalt of the entire segment was removed in preparation for repaving during the summer of 2016.  The new curb ramp installed at the corner of Hillcrest and Modoc is approximately 30 feet west of Modoc.  Parking is now restricted within 20 feet of the south curb ramp to help with visibility. The curb ramp on the north side of Hillcrest is approximately 85 feet from the corner of Kensington Square.
 
ODOT was asked to do a speed zone investigation in this area and the posted speed was lowered to 30mph effective May 4, 2016.  A follow-up study has not been conducted, but MPD has done a pedestrian unmarked crosswalk intersection operation. 
 
A marked crosswalk with advanced and on-site pedestrian signage is warranted. 
 
One of the citizens present stated that she has never seen sting; waiting for cars to wait for her.  There are a number of factors that make this intersection difficult such as the downhill, east-west orientation of the street and subsequent trouble with the sun and the speed of traffic.  She wants to know how to get people to slow down because the change in speed limit hasn’t had an impact. 
 
Citizens asked if this crosswalk could be marked similar to ones on Highland Drive and S. Riverside Avenue, and if the same warrant analysis was used.  Christina responded that there was a similar warrant investigation and explained the process.  This location warrants a marked crosswalk with signage and is a candidate for a rectangular rapid flashing beacon. 
 
Mike thanked Christina for the report and the citizens in attendance for their testimony and asked the group if there was anything to add.  A citizen added that children feel scared to cross the street. 
 
Another citizen acknowledged what was said about crosswalks, but thinks in this case there is a fear by people who frequently cross hillcrest.  She doesn’t think very many people get a false sense of security. 
 
Mike stated he has real reservations with this location; he sees it both ways.  There are special circumstances that make him to think a marked crosswalk is a good idea, with reservations.  Both Ruhl Park and Kensington Square attract pedestrians.  What causes him concern is both the downhill grade of the road and time day when the sun impedes visibility.  He doesn’t think cars would be able to see or anticipate a crosswalk. 
 
Mike asked if signs could be placed to warn people of the park or pedestrians crossing.  Christina stated an advance advisory is an option.  A citizen asked if the speed limit could be lowered.  Christina said it is unlikely and explained State requirements for speed zone designation. 
 
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to install a marked crosswalk at the location of the relocated ADA ramp, because this changed where the corner and ADA access is located.  Lewis Osborn SECONDED, to get a vote.  Committee members in favor: Jeff Morejohn and Mike Montero; those opposed: Cheryl Noles and Lewis Osborn.  The committee was deadlocked and will pass the information to the Public Works Department.
 
30.2     W. Main Street and S. Ivy Street - Request for Crosswalk Improvements
Phyllis Fosdal, 406 W. Main Street, Medford, OR 97501 has submitted an emailed Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting attention to pedestrian safety while crossing Main Street at Ivy Street.  Others who have expressed concerns about the crossing are Willow Richards, 406 W. Main Street, Medford, OR 97501 who attended the August 2016 TCC meeting and Stephanie Smith of Pathway Enterprises Inc., who filled in a City Manager’s Contact Us Form.
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  West Main is a 55 foot wide minor arterial with three travel lanes and parking on both sides carrying average daily traffic of 5,100vpd.  Posted statutory speed is 20mph.  Sidewalks are present on both sides.  Parking is restricted on both sides approximately 65 feet in advance of the east crosswalk.  S. Ivy Street is a 20 foot wide local street.  N. Ivy Street is a 36 foot wide standard residential street.  There are signalized intersections approximately 230 feet away in either direction.
 
The Traffic Engineering Division has conducted a crosswalk study at this location. A marked crosswalk is warranted at this location.
 
Jeff Morejohn clarified that a crosswalk is warranted.  Christina noted that his location would get one side of the intersection marked, preferably the west side, and not include standard advisory signs. 
 
Cheryl Noles MOVED to install a marked crosswalk.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion passed.
 
30.3     Alameda Street and Olympic Avenue – Stop/Yield Request
Kacey Calhoun, 2909 Alameda Street and Suzanne Kendrick, 3115 Alameda Street have submitted an electronic Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting STOP or YIELD signs at the intersection of Alameda Street and Olympic Avenue.
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  Alameda Street at Olympic is a 36 foot wide residential street but narrows to a 28 foot wide fully improved residential street with sidewalks and street lighting approximately 125 feet east of Olympic Avenue.  Olympic Avenue is a 36 foot wide residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, and street lighting to the south of Alameda.  North of Alameda, improvements are limited to curb and gutter.
 
The intersection of Olympic Avenue and Alameda Street is a four way intersection where Olympic Avenue has YIELD signs and triangular line markings on both approaches.
 
The Traffic Engineering Division has conducted a standard STOP Sign Warrant Investigation and recommends denial of the request.  The existing traffic control devices meet what is currently warranted.
 
Cheryl Noles MOVED to deny the request.  Lewis Osborn SECONDED.  Motion passed. 
 
30.5     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.
 
This item was last reviewed in April 2016 but was requested to be revisited after a speed zone investigation was completed.
 
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 were recorded at 2020 vehicles per day(vpd).  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 were recorded at 385 vpd entering the intersection.
 
The ODOT speed investigation found an 85th percentile speed of 33mph hour on Heathrow and 34mph on Avion and O’Hare.  A speed limit of 30mph was posted at either entrance to the tract.
 
The Traffic Engineering Division has conducted a standard STOP Sign Warrant Investigation.  Installation of a YIELD sign on Heathrow at O’Hare is warranted.
 
Cheryl Noles MOVED to install a YIELD sign.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion passed. 
 
30.6     W. 2nd between N. Holly and S. Oakdale – Parking Restriction
Brenda Edwards, 6221 McLoughlin Drive, Central Point, OR 97502 has submitted an electronic Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting a parking restriction in front of her property at 301, 303, and 305 W. 2nd Street.
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  W. 2nd Street is a 36 foot wide minor collector with curb, gutter, and sidewalks.  W. 2nd is stop controlled at the intersection with Holly Street.  Parking on the north side of the street is primarily signed as bus only during school hours.  The south curb in front of the area in question looks to have been painted yellow at one time and currently has no parking restriction posted.  The south curb is only 2-3 inches tall allowing vehicles to drive onto the planter strip.
 
Mike Montero noted that historically this committee sees parking restriction requests from others in the neighborhood, but in this case it is the property owner making the request. 
 
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to add the parking restriction requested.  Lewis Osborn SECONDED.  Cheryl Noles opposes.  Motion passed.
 
30.7     Progress Drive - Parking Restriction Review
David Zuber, 115 Blackberry Lane, Crescent City, CA 95531, has submitted a letter to Medford Municipal Court in regards to parking and access on Progress Drive.
 
Christina Charvat gave the staff report.  Progress Drive is a 36 foot wide local street connecting Biddle Road and Poplar Drive.  The area in question is primarily zoned commercial with multi-family residential nearby to the east.  The roadway has a striped centerline within 350 feet of Biddle with one lane in either direction.  Statutory speed of 25mph is posted at both ends.
 
Parking has been restricted in various places near mailboxes and driveways.  However, the signage is not consistent along the street and no parking zones are not clearly defined.
 
Christina presented a map of the existing markings and another with proposed changes to balance the demand for parking and sight distance.  No parking would be allowed within 20 feet of a driveway and the height restriction would be 5 feet instead of the current 6 foot restriction.  Additional signs indicating allowable parking would be green writing on white background while prohibitive signs would have red writing.
 
Cheryl Noles MOVED to change signage.  Lewis Osborn SECONDED.  Motion passed.   
 
40.       Reports
40.1          Oregon Impact Newsletter – October 2016
40.2          Portland Wants to Rethink Speed Limits By Factoring in Walkers and Bikers
 
50.       Non-Agenda Items
In light of the upcoming holidays, November’s TCC meeting will be cancelled and the December meeting rescheduled to December 14, 2016, at 12:00 p.m.
 
60.        Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 1:25 p.m.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
  
Sheila Giorgetti
Administrative Support Technician
 

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