COVID-19: City Facilities Reopen for Limited In-person Services

 

Agenda & Minutes

When available, the full agenda packet may be viewed as a PDF file by clicking the "Attachments" button and selecting the file you want to view.

Agendas are posted until the meeting date takes place.  Minutes are posted once they have been approved.

Traffic Coordinating Committee (View All)

Traffic Coordinating Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes - May 24, 2017

Minutes
Wednesday, May 24, 2017

AGENDA
May 24, 2017 - NOON
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy, Medford, OR – Room 151
 
10.      Roll Call
20.      Approval of Minutes – March 22, 2017
25.      Consent Calendar:  No items
30.      Agenda Items
30.1       Archer Drive, Columbus Ave. to Orchard Home Dr. – Stop/Yield Request
30.2       Valley View Drive - Speed Mitigation
30.3       Crestbrook Road, Ellendale Dr. to Greenwood St. - Request for Parking Restriction
30.4       Sunset and Kenwood Avenues - Request for Parking Restriction
30.5       Happy Valley Drive and Agate Street - Speed Zone Review
40.      Reports
40.1       Oregon Impact Newsletter – February 2017
50.      Non-agenda Items
60.      Adjournment


MINUTES
May 24, 2017
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy Street – Room 151
 
 
10.       Roll Call
The following members were present:  Peggy Penland, Chairperson; Jeffrey Morejohn, Medford School District; Cheryl Noles, AAA; Mike Montero, Chamber of Commerce; Lewis Osborn, At-Large Member
 
Staff representatives present:  Jorge Gonzalez, Traffic Engineering Technician; Christina Charvat, Assistant to Traffic Engineer; Jeff Simas, Public Works Supervisor; Don Lane, MPD; Sheila Giorgetti, Administrative Support Technician
 
Citizens in attendance:  Teri Moser; Allan Moro
 
The meeting was called to order at 12:03 pm by Peggy Penland.  A quorum was present.
 
20.       Approval of Minutes
Mike Montero MOVED to accept the minutes of March 22, 2017.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
25.       Consent Calendar
None
 
30.       Monthly Agenda
To accommodate citizens present, the agenda was rearranged and the committee addressed items out of sequence: 30.3, 30.4, 30.1, 30.2 and 30.5.
 
Peggy Penland left the meeting at 12:44 pm and Mike Montero assumed the role of chairman.
 
30.1     Archer Drive, Columbus Ave. to Orchard Home Dr. – Stop/Yield Request
Jacob Ghena, 2261 Starling Lane, Medford, OR 97501, has submitted an electronic Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting STOP or YIELD signs at all intersections with Archer between Columbus Avenue and Orchard Home Drive.
 
Archer Drive is a 36-foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting and parking available on both sides for approximately 600 feet.  Between Terrel and Milford to the west, a transition to unimproved street takes place.  For approximately 1500 feet through to Orchard Home Drive, Archer is approximately 20 feet wide with no sidewalks, intermittent parking areas on shoulder and no street lighting or curb and gutter.  Archer was found to carry 650 and 750 vehicles per day (vpd) when counted within a block of Terrel to the west and within a block of Columbus to the west, respectively.  Terrel Drive is a 28-foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting and parking available on both sides. Terrel was found to carry 240vpd.
 
The intersection of Archer and Terrel Drives is a four way intersection.  Archer Drive is a connection between two high order streets and serves various minor residential streets.  Terrel connects to Diamond Street directly across from the South Medford High School driveway.
 
The request is related to all intersections between Columbus Avenue and Orchard Home Drive.  All locations were not investigated based on the following:  Starling is a private street, Canal Street and Meals Drive serve less than ten homes each, Milford is a cul-de-sac to the south and the north connection is not a through-street.  Martin traffic volume was counted and found to be roughly half of Terrel’s volume.  Sight distance was acceptable, and the standard STOP Sign Warrant was not completed for Martin.
 
The Traffic Engineering Section has conducted a standard STOP Sign Warrant Investigation at Archer Drive and Terrel Drive.  Sight-distance is not in compliance with Medford Municipal Code 10.735, Clear View of Intersecting Streets for both controlled (2 of 4 corners) and uncontrolled (4 of 4 corners) cases.  None of the residential-residential intersections in the neighborhood along Archer have controls.
 
Solutions include correction of sight-distance obstructions or install YIELD signs on Terrel at both approaches to Archer.
 
Cheryl Noles MOVED to leave the intersections as is.  Lewis Osborn SECONDED.  Motion was approved. 
 
30.2     Valley View Drive - Speed Mitigation
Sandee Miller, 525 Valley View Drive, Medford, OR 97504, has submitted an electronic Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting speed mitigation on Valley View Drive between Hillcrest Road and Spring Street.
 
Valley View Drive is a 16-foot wide residential street with no curb and gutter, sidewalks, or street lighting between Hillcrest Road and Capital Avenue.  North of Capital Avenue, Valley View Drive transitions to a wider pavement width (18-36 feet) with some street lighting and very limited sidewalk and curb and gutter.
 
The segment in question is approximately 3,000 feet in length and is posted as residential statutory 25MPH, posted near each end.  The Valley View and Capital intersection is an all-way stop, with centerline striping installed at the northern-most 900 feet where asphalt surface is widest.
 
Traffic has been counted routinely.  Summer 2016 counts provide the following:
            Hillcrest to Capital:  1400vpd, 28MPH combined 85th percentile speed
            Capital to Spring:  1200vpd, 34MPH combined 85th percentile speed
 
Solutions include traffic calming measures or additional enforcement efforts by Medford Police Department.
 
The committee discussed traffic calming measures and the resulting effects.  This is a difficult section because of topography and there is no clear solution; however, a speed trailer would be effective in reminding drivers of their speed.
 
Lewis Osborn MOVED to request Medford Police to periodically deploy a speed trailer.  Jeffrey Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.3     Crestbrook Road, Ellendale Dr. to Greenwood St. - Request for Parking Restriction
Teri Moser, 2024 Crestbrook Road, Medford, OR 97504, has submitted an email requesting parking restrictions along Crestbrook Road between Ellendale Drive and Greenwood Street.
 
Crestbrook Road is a 36 foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, no sidewalks, and minimal street lighting.  Ellendale Drive and Greenwood Street are standard residential streets with varying widths, intermittent curb and gutter, intermittent sidewalks, and minimal street lighting.
 
Vehicles were observed parking on Crestbrook and the vehicles were different with each visit.  Code enforcement will respond if called out on vehicles being left long-term; they report little to no such occurrences to-date.  Some vehicles have been observed parking on Ellendale, between the church parking lot and Crestbrook, blocking sight distance from the Crestbrook eastbound stop sign.
 
Providence is renting parking spaces from the Seventh-Day Adventist Church to optimize parking for customers using services at 965 Ellendale.  The church is also renting parking spaces to another entity.  The Planning Department has indicated the renting of the space outside of the church’s primary use hours is an acceptable use.
 
Solutions include installation of a NO PARKING HERE TO CORNER sign on the west side of Ellendale north of Crestbrook (to be completed by Jackson County due to maintenance jurisdiction bounds), time restricted parking posted on Crestbrook, or implement no changes.
 
Teri Moser addressed the committee and expressed her point of view.  Mike Montero stated that much of what Ms. Moser is experiencing is due to the effects of a growing city and changing times.  He said care must be given before posting parking restrictions; it’s important for neighbors to communicate to ensure agreement and avoid depriving residents of things such as overnight guests. 
 
Mike Montero MOVED to restrict parking at corner of Crestbrook and Ellendale to resolve the sight-distance problem.  Jeffrey Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.4     Sunset and Kenwood Avenues - Request for Parking Restriction
Allan Moro and Mel Smith, 146 Kenwood Ave, Medford, OR 97501, have submitted a written Citizen Traffic Request Form with additional update requesting STOP or YIELD signs at the intersection of Sunset and Kenwood Avenues and parking restriction on Kenwood Avenue.
 
Sunset Avenue is a 36 foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, intermittent sidewalks, street lighting, and parking available on both sides.  Sunset Avenue, as a public street, is a dead end, though it continues as an unpaved private street.  Kenwood Avenue is an unimproved residential street without curb and gutter, sidewalks, or street lighting.  Pavement width is approximately 20 feet with parking available intermittently on the shoulder.
 
The intersection of Sunset and Kenwood Avenues is a three-way uncontrolled T intersection.  State law (ORS 811.277) assigns the right-of-way to the top of T.  After further discussion with the requestors, a STOP or YIELD sign is not the appropriate approach to addressing this issue; therefore, a standard stop warrant analysis was not performed. 
 
Site visits indicate several code violations on the 146 Kenwood property.  Medford Municipal Code (MMC) 10.735 Clear View of Intersecting Streets provides boundaries of clear view triangles at intersections.  There is currently a tree and 4-foot bamboo fencing in violation of the clear triangle.  Additionally, 4-foot tall fencing is not allowed along the front yard as per MMC 10.382 Special Fencing Standards, S-E.  Signs posted on the fence restricting parking resemble official traffic control devices and are therefore illegal based on ORS 810.230, Unlawful Sign Display.
 
A NO PARKING restriction on Kenwood already exists by state law within 20 feet of the crosswalk.  Adding an additional NO PARKING area to the south along the Kenwood frontage of 146 could remove up to two spaces (approximately an additional 27 feet) from available neighborhood parking.
 
Possible solutions include correction of the sight-distance violation, installing a NO PARKING HERE TO CORNER restriction on Kenwood, or implement no changes.
 
Allan Moro addressed the committee.  One of his vehicles was side-swiped and that prompted the request for a STOP sign.  There are abandoned vehicles, left for days and weeks at a time, within 20 feet of the corner.  People park in front of the gate that provides entry to his front yard, blocking access.  Mr. Moro stated that he understands the sight-distance triangle and will take the needed corrective measures.    
 
Mike Montero expressed appreciation of Mr. Moro’s cooperation to remedy the sight-distance problem at this intersection. 
 
Mike Montero MOVED to install NO PARKING signs and ask requestors to help with the sight-distance resolution.  Lewis Osborn SECONDED.  Motion passed.
 
30.5     Happy Valley Drive and Agate Street - Speed Zone Review
A review of our speed zone map has indicated some inconsistencies in speed zoning.
 
Happy Valley Drive and Agate Street are 18-22 foot wide unimproved residential streets without curb and gutter, sidewalks, or street lighting.  The current posted speed limit on both roadways is 35MPH, established by Order in 1971.  Both roadways meet residential criteria and can now be posted 25MPH.
 
The Happy Valley Drive segment, from South Stage Road to Agate Street, is approximately 2400 feet in length, straight, and level. Portions of the roadway are in the City and portions are in the County. The entire segment is County maintained.
Agate Street between Happy Valley Drive and Peach Street is entirely in the City and is County maintained.
 
The City is the road authority for these roadways within the City limits (approx. 2100 feet of Happy Valley and all of Agate).  This essentially means the City is responsible for deciding what signs are to be posted and the County is responsible for posting and maintaining the signs.  The County will need to have an Order signed by the Commissioner in order to post regulatory speed signs. 
 
Existing signage does not clearly indicate the speed limit changes in this area.  Changing the speed limit to statutory 25MPH would make the area more consistent both in the immediate vicinity and compared to other areas of the City.
 
Cheryl Noles MOVED to request staff to request the existing 35MPH speed zone order be rescinded.  Jeffrey Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
40.       Reports
The committee reviewed this month’s Oregon Impact newsletter. 
 
 
50.       Non-Agenda Items
Lewis Osborn asked about numerous situations, such as McAndrews/Springbrook and Delta Waters/Crater Lake Avenue, where there’s a left turn lane, but no right.  Is there a reason the left lane disappears?  Christina Charvat responded that it’s probably because of pavement striping and the on-coming left turn lane.  Mike Montero stated the turn time for a left turn is longer. 
 
60.        Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 1:11 p.m.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
 
Sheila Giorgetti
Administrative Support Technician
 

© 2021 City Of Medford  •  Site Handcrafted in Ashland, Oregon by Project A

Quicklinks

Share This Page

Back to Top