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Traffic Coordinating Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes - June 28, 2017

Minutes
Wednesday, June 28, 2017

AGENDA SUMMARY
June 28, 2017 - NOON
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy, Medford, OR – Room 151
 
10.      Roll Call

20.      Approval of Minutes – May 24, 2017

25.      Consent Calendar - No items

30.      Agenda Items
30.1       Tahitian Ave. and Woodbriar Dr. – Stop/Yield Request
30.2       North Ross Lane - Speed Mitigation
30.3       748 Ellendale Drive - Request for Parking Restriction
30.4       Stanford Avenue and High Oak Drive - Request for Parking Restriction

40.      Reports
40.1       Oregon Impact Newsletter – May 2017

50.      Non-agenda Items

60.      Adjournment


MINUTES
June 28, 2017
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy Street – Room 151
 
 
10.       Roll Call
The following members were present:  Mike Montero, Chamber of Commerce; Susan Tooley, AAA; Lewis Osborn, At-Large Member
 
Staff representatives present:  Jorge Gonzalez, Traffic Engineering Technician; Christina Charvat, Assistant to Traffic Engineer; Jeff Simas, Public Works Supervisor; Sheila Giorgetti, Administrative Support Technician
 
Citizens in attendance:  John Pruitt, Linda Pruitt, Rita Curtis, Bill Wonnacott, Lynne Wonnacott, Shawn Wonnacott
 
The meeting was called to order at 12:00 pm by Mike Montero.  A quorum was present.
 
20.       Approval of Minutes
Lewis Osborn MOVED to accept the minutes of May 24, 2017.  Susan Tooley SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
25.       Consent Calendar
None.
 
30.       Monthly Agenda
 
30.1     Tahitian Ave. and Woodbriar Dr. – STOP/YIELD Request
Paul and Sylvia Blenkush, 3217 Woodbriar Dr., Medford, OR 97504, have submitted an electronic Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting STOP or YIELD signs at the intersection of Tahitian Avenue and Woodbriar Drive.
 
Tahitian Avenue is a 36 foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting, and parking available on both sides for approximately 1,300 feet.  Tahitian was found to carry 250 vehicles per day (vpd) within a block to the north and south of Woodbriar Drive, respectively.   Woodbriar Drive is a 36 foot wide standard residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting and parking available on both sides.  Woodbriar Drive was found to carry 300 vpd.
 
Tahitian and Woodbriar is a four way intersection that serves various minor residential streets, and both connect to Delta Waters, a high order street. 
 
This intersection was last reviewed and brought to the TCC in September 2015.  Devices were not warranted at that time; 10 points were earned during a standard STOP Sign Warrant Investigation.  A new standard STOP Sign Warrant Investigation has been completed as a result of this request.  Sight distance is not in compliance with Medford Municipal Code 10.735, Clear View of Intersecting Streets for both controlled (two of four corners) and uncontrolled (three of four corners) cases.  There are no residential to residential intersections in the neighborhood along both Tahitian and Woodbriar to Delta Waters Road that have controls.
 
Possible solutions to this request include correction of sight distance obstructions, installation of YIELD signs on Tahitian at both approaches to Woodbriar and correct sight distance obstructions, or do nothing
 
Christina Charvat explained the warrant process and why this intersection does not warrant a STOP sign.  Correctable crashes and traffic volume are key criteria to the rating.
 
Lewis Osborn MOVED to contact homeowners to correct sight distance issues and request staff to install a YIELD sign on Tahitian at both approaches to Woodbriar Drive.  Susan Tooley SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.2     North Ross Lane - Speed Mitigation
Lynne J. Wonnacott, 795 Nita Lynne, Medford, OR 97501, has submitted a letter requesting speed mitigation on North Ross Lane between Maple Park Drive and Rossanley Drive.
 
North Ross Lane is a major collector with curb and gutter, sidewalks, bicycle lanes, and street lighting between Rossanely Drive (OR 238) and Maple Park Drive.  North of Nita Lynne, North Ross Lane transitions from 44 feet wide to 54 feet.
 
The segment in question is approximately 3,000 feet in length with a posted speed of 35 MPH, posted near each end.  The intersection at Rossanley Drive and North Ross is a signalized “T.”  North Ross and Maple Park Drive is a four-way, unsignalized intersection where Maple Park is stop-controlled.
 
Traffic has been counted routinely.  In Summer 2016, traffic counts were 10,500 vehicles per day (vpd) from Maple Park to Rossanley, with an 85th percentile speed of 40 MPH.  Volumes have increased over previous years; in 2014 and 2012, the segment was 9,800 and 9,200 vpd respectively.  A 2017 speed investigation resulted in an 85th percentile speed of 40 MPH combined.
 
Possible solutions include traffic calming measures, additional enforcement efforts by Medford Police Department (MPD), consideration of a speed zone investigation to lower the posted speed, or do nothing. 
 
Lynne Wonnacott was present and addressed the committee.  She lives at Myra Lynne mobile home park where there are over 200 homes in the park.  Nita Lynn is one of three entrances to the park; this street is also used by non-residents as a shortcut to the recycling center on Stowe Avenue.  There are two turn lanes onto N. Ross from Rossanley, and then drivers must merge to one lane; they quickly forget the posted 35 MPH when trying to merge.  There are no warning signs that vehicles are entering the roadway ahead.  In addition, there are more vehicles with the park across N. Ross.  She wants to see more signage and warnings. 
 
Mike Montero stated that issues like this are frequently brought to the committee.  Ross Lane and Lozier Lane are designated as major collectors and serve a regional function and they are designed to handle maximum traffic and avoid congestion.  Human behavior will always result in conflicts. 
 
Ms. Wonnacott asked if there were signs that flash a vehicle’s travel speed that could be used as a deterrent.  Christina Charvat responded that MPD has speed trailers.  Ms. Wonnacott acknowledged multiple jurisdictions in this area.
 
Lewis Osborn summarized that there are two main issues, one being volume and the other the few cars that are actually speeding.  He doesn’t think that reducing the speed limit below 35 MPH is reasonable. 
 
Lewis Osborn MOVED to request staff assist Ms. Wonnacott in contacting MPD to request deployment of a radar trailer.  Susan Tooley SECONDED.  Motion approved.
 
30.3     748 Ellendale Drive - Request for Parking Restriction
Susan Rasmussen, 748 Ellendale Drive, Medford, OR 97504, has submitted a Citizen Traffic Request Form an email requesting parking restrictions along Ellendale Drive in front of her property.
 
From the south property boundary of 748 Ellendale Drive north along Ellendale Drive, Ellendale Drive is a 30 foot wide unimproved residential street with no curb and gutter, no sidewalks, and minimal street lighting.  South of the property for approximately 250 feet, Ellendale has curb and gutter and sidewalk only on the west side.  Ellendale has curb and gutter and sidewalk on both sides of the street within180 feet of Barnett Road.  The neighboring property south of the requestor’s property is an apartment complex with on-site parking.  Ellendale is signed NO PARKING along the frontage of the apartment complex between two driveways. 
 
At least one vehicle was observed parking in front of 748 Ellendale Drive on various visits, and the vehicles were different on each visit.  There is visible rutting on the shoulder in front of the requestor’s property from parking vehicles.  Vehicles parked in front of 748 Ellendale Drive block sight distance out of the north driveway of the apartment complex.  Overgrown landscaping on the requestor’s property also blocks visibility out of the same driveway.  Restricting parking and correcting landscaping would bring the area into compliance with MMC 10.735, Clear View of Intersecting Streets.
 
Providence is renting out 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 local entity.  Moderate pedestrian traffic was observed during early morning hours, mostly walking from the parking lot of the Church.  Most pedestrian used the west side of Ellendale, walking with traffic when no sidewalk was available.
 
The City of Medford does not have a residential permit parking program and is only actively monitoring parking restrictions in the downtown parking district.  Restrictions on Ellendale would need to be called in by citizens to be upheld.
 
Possible solutions include consider installing NO PARKING sign on the west side of Ellendale in front of 748 Ellendale Drive, request landscaping at 748 Ellendale Drive be trimmed to meet code, or implement no changes.
 
Lewis Osborn asked for clarification of whether the resident of 748 Ellendale Drive is in agreement with removing parking in front of their home. 
 
Lewis Osborn MOVED to contact the requestor and advise that NO PARKING signs will prevent them from parking in this area too, and also of the need to bring landscaping into compliance with Medford Municipal Code.  Susan Tooley SECONDED.  Motion approved.
 
30.4     Stanford Avenue and High Oak Drive - Request for Parking Restriction
Barb Trice, a local resident, has submitted an email requesting a parking restriction on Stanford Avenue at the intersection with High Oak Drive.
 
Stanford Avenue is a 36 foot wide residential street with curb and gutter, no sidewalks, minimal street lighting, and parking available on both sides to the north of the intersection.  South of the intersection, Stanford is a 32 foot wide, unimproved, Jackson County maintained residential street with no curb and gutter, no sidewalks, minimal street lighting, and intermittent shoulders available for parking on both sides.  Stanford Avenue connects two collectors, Hillcrest Road and Cherry Lane.
 
High Oak Drive is a 32 foot wide residential street with curb and gutter, no sidewalks, and minimal street lighting.  High Oak has sidewalk on the south side of the street approximately 260 feet from the intersection.  Parking is available on both sides of the street.
 
The intersection of Stanford Avenue and High Oak Drive is a three-way stop-controlled T intersection.  Stanford Avenue south of the intersection runs up a small hill.  Stanford Avenue to the north runs downhill and turns slightly to the east before connecting to Hillcrest Road.
 
Site visits indicate sight distance south of the intersection along Stanford could be obstructed by a parked vehicle.  Medford Municipal Code (MMC) 10.735 Clear View of Intersecting Streets provides boundaries of clear view triangles at stop-controlled intersections.   A NO PARKING restriction in the east shoulder to the south along the Stanford frontage of 163 Stanford could remove up to two spaces from available neighborhood parking.
 
Possible solutions include installing a NO PARKING restriction along Stanford Avenue or implement no changes.
 
Lewis Osborn MOVED to designate NO PARKING adjacent to 163 Stanford Avenue.  Susan Tooley SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
40.       Reports
The committee reviewed this month’s Oregon Impact newsletter. 
 
Public Works has begun the self-assessment process for the ADA Transition Plan. 
 
The city is soliciting feedback for the Transportation System Plan, which is currently being updated.  A survey has been set up on the City website. 
 
50.       Non-Agenda Items
Last month, the TCC reviewed a request for stop signs at Archer Drive and Terrel Drive; the committee ultimately recommended that no stop signs be placed, but requested some residents be notified to correct landscaping to improve visibility.  John Pruitt, Linda Pruitt and Rita Curtis were present to provide additional input.
 
Mr. Pruitt addressed the committee.  He feels the vegetation corrections will not improve safety of the intersection.  Archer Drive is used as a through street to S. Columbus Avenue; there have been accidents and numerous near-misses.  He feels the solution to this problem is installation of STOP signs on the north side of Terrel Drive at Diamond Street.
 
Christina Charvat reviewed the traffic count map for this location and discussed the warrant analysis.  This intersection does not warrant a STOP sign.
 
60.        Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 12:57 p.m.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
 
Sheila Giorgetti
Administrative Support Technician
 

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