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Traffic Coordinating Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes - February 22, 2018

Minutes
Thursday, February 22, 2018

AGENDA SUMMARY
February 22, 2018 - NOON
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy, Medford, OR – Room 151
 
10.        Roll Call

20.        Approval of Minutes – December 14, 2017

25.        Consent Calendar
25.1.      Broad Street -  Reinstall previously existing disabled parking space markings
25.2.      Country Club Drive and Black Oak Drive – remove all traffic island “Turtle” domes on southwest corner
25.3.      2nd Street near Central Avenue -  Remove existing NO STANDING sign between the two dealership driveways
25.4.      Kerrisdale Ridge Drive Northbound- Install SPEED LIMIT 25 north of Lone Pine
25.5.      Wilkshire Drive Southbound -  Relocate SPEED LIMIT 25 sign at Wilkshire and Kerrisdale Ridge
25.6.      Barnett Road (westbound) west of Golf View Drive – Install Deer warning sign
25.7.      9th Street and Riverside Ave – Replace white Photo Enforced sign with yellow Photo Enforced sign
25.8.      4th and Central Ave -  Replace white Photo Enforced sign with yellow Photo Enforced sign
25.9.      Black Oak and Dellwood – remove the yellow centerline striping and RPM that are within the limits of the unmarked crosswalk
25.10.         Gardendale Avenue near McAndrews – Install NO PARKING signs where curb was previously painted yellow

30.        Agenda Items
30.1       Front Street Station – Request for Additional Bus Capacity and Crosswalk Analysis
30.2       Table Rock Road, Merriman to I-5 – Speed Zone Request
30.3       Eagle Trace Dr and Wolf Run Dr – Stop/Yield Request
30.4       Holly and Garfield Streets – Intersection Review, various
30.5       North Phoenix Road, Hillcrest to Barnett
30.6       Cherry Lane, N Phoenix to City Limits- Speed Zone Review

40.        Reports
40.1       Oregon Impact Newsletter – January 2018

50.        Non-agenda Items

60.        Adjournment
 
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MINUTES
February 22, 2018
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy Street – Room 151
 
10.       Roll Call
The following members were present:  Jeff Morejohn, Medford School District; Cheryl Noles, AAA; Lewis Osborn, At-Large Member
 
Staff representatives present:  Jake Sarver, Traffic Engineering Technician; Karl MacNair, Traffic Manager; Don Lane, MPD; Sheila Giorgetti, Administrative Support Technician
 
Citizens in attendance:  Janice Peterson; Terry Peterson; Tom Gletti; Joseph Fiske; Jeff Kapple; Tim D’Alessandro, RVTD; Paige West, RVTD; Grisilda Gossage; Stan Schlinger; Hazel Smith; Teresa Watson
 
The meeting was called to order at 12:00 pm by Lewis Osborn.  A quorum was present.
 
20.       Approval of Minutes – December 14, 2017
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to accept the minutes of December 14, 2017.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Motion was approved. 
 
25.       Consent Calendar: 
Broad Street - Reinstall previously existing disabled parking space markings
Country Club Drive and Black Oak Drive – remove all traffic island “Turtle” domes on southwest corner
2nd Street near Central Avenue -Remove existing NO PARKING/STOPPING/STANDING signs between the two dealership driveways
Kerrisdale Ridge Drive Northbound - Install SPEED LIMIT 25 north of Lone Pine
Wilkshire Drive Southbound - Relocate SPEED LIMIT 25 sign at Wilkshire and Kerrisdale Ridge
Barnett Road (westbound) west of Golf View Drive – Install Deer warning sign
9th Street and Riverside Ave – Replace white Photo Enforced sign with yellow Photo Enforced sign
4th and Central Ave - Replace white Photo Enforced sign with yellow Photo Enforced sign
Black Oak and Dellwood – remove the yellow centerline striping and RPM that are within the limits of the unmarked crosswalk
Gardendale Avenue near McAndrews – Install NO PARKING signs where curb was previously painted yellow
 
30.       Monthly Agenda
 
30.1     Front Street Station – Request for Additional Bus Capacity and Crosswalk Analysis
Paige West, Senior Planner at Rogue Valley Transportaton District (RVTD), requested additional bus stop capacity at Front Street Station and a crosswalk analysis at the intersection of S. Front Street and E. 9th Street.
 
S. Front Street, between E. 8th Street and E. 10th Street, has variable width with curb, gutter, and a 7- to 12-foot wide sidewalk on the east side.  The intersection of S. Front and E. 9th is an unsignalized T-intersection with a stop control on E. 9th.  The west side of S. Front is RVTD’s Front Street Transfer Center, which has “sawtooth” bus bays and a variable width sidewalk for passenger boarding, alighting, and circulation. 
 
One hour public parking is available on the east side of the street, with the exception of  a loading zone just south of the E. 9th Street intersection.  There are a total of 15 one hour spaces, including one handicap, and a loading zone.
 
This section of S. Front Street is scheduled for pavement overlay in the summer of 2018, which presents an opportunity to change the striping on the street.  RVTD has requested that seven parking spaces on the east side between E. 8th and E. 9th Streets, be replaced with “BUS ONLY” parking to support an expansion of their bus routes.  Eight parking spaces and the loading zone between E. 9th and E. 10th and the existing handicap space between E. 8th and E. 9th would remain.
 
A crosswalk analysis at the intersection of S. Front Street and E. 9th Street supports a crosswalk at this intersection.  A pedestrian count revealed peak hour pedestrian volume to be 87 pedestrians per hour.  
 
Solutions include: 1) provide “BUS ONLY” parking on the east side of S. Front Street between E. 8th Street and E. 9th Street, 2) install crosswalk markings at the intersection of S. Front Street and E. 9th Street, or 3) do nothing.
 
Paige West passed out handouts.  RVTD’s Front Street Station is the region’s main hub for transit routes.  It’s a multi-modal station built in 1996 with 11 bus bays.  More routes will be added in 2018 and 2019; with this service expansion, additional bus bays are required.  Keeping centralized bus service on Front Street will ensure passenger safety and convenience. 
 
Cheryl Noles asked why this request is only for seven parking spaces, and not all of them.  Paige responded that the seven spaces requested are the least utilized and is less of an impact to the public. 
 
Cheryl Noles MOVED to provide BUS ONLY parking on the east side of S. Front Street between E. 8th Street and E. 9th Street and to install crosswalk markings at the intersection of S. Front Street and E. 9th Street.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved. 
 
Out of sequence.
 
30.4     Holly and Garfield Streets – Intersection Review, various
Joseph Fiske, 831 Juanita Way, Jacksonville, OR 97530, submitted a Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting a review of the area including all-way stop assessment, crosswalk treatments, and speed zone review.
 
An all-way stop study was performed in accordance with Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) guidance.  There were no correctible crashes in 2017.  Volume on Holly Street does not meet the recommended minimum threshold.  An all-way stop is not warranted at this intersection.
 
A crosswalk analysis was performed at the intersection.  The minimum pedestrian threshold of 20/hour was not field verified.  However, if the recommended threshold of 20 pedestrian crossings per hour was met, the treatments recommended by this analysis would be in the active/enhanced category.  Currently the location has a marked crosswalk alone.  
 
Area speed zones were reviewed.  Holly Street was recently changed to a 30MPH zone.  Garfield was last investigated in 2011 and resulted in the establishment of the currently posted 40MPH (44MPH was determined to be the 85th percentile) and 30MPH (32MPH was determined to be 85th percentile) zones east and west of Holly respectively.
 
Possible solutions include request an ODOT speed zone investigation, modify the boundary of the current speed zone to 500 feet east of Holly without an ODOT investigation, add a crosswalk location to the priority list, or implement no changes.
 
Joseph Fiske addressed the committee.  He noted that there are hedges on his property and because of the shape of the intersection, vehicle traffic has trouble seeing without pulling further into the intersection.  While his hedges are incompliance with city code, drivers are not comfortable at the intersection.  He also pointed out that there is no sign posted as to where the school zone ends.  He feels two more stop signs on Garfield will resolve issues.  
 
Cheryl Noles asked if staff has enterained the 4-way stop idea.  Karl MacNair responded that MUTCD has all-way stop criteria and this intersection does not meet them.
 
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to request a new speed zone study and move the speed limit signs 500 feet to the east of their current location.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Mr. Fiske asked where END OF SCHOOL ZONE signs could be placed.  Karl responded that these signs could go in place of the existing speed zone signs.
 
Jeff revised the motion: MOVED to move the speed limit sign 500 feet to the east of its current location and add school speed zone signage.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.5     North Phoenix Road, Hillcrest to Barnett
Teresa Watson, 323 N. Phoenix Road, submitted a Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting additional speed limit signs, radar monitoring, curve sign warnings, and additional speed enforcement on N. Phoenix Road.  In a subsequent phone conversation, a speed zone change was also requested.
 
Speed zones in the area were reviewed.  Currently, 35MPH speed limit signs are posted on N. Phoenix Road just south of Cherry Lane for northbound traffic and just south of Hillcrest Road for southbound traffic.  In addition, 45MPH speed limit signs are posted just south of Cherry Lane for southbound traffic and just north of Hillcrest Road for northbound traffic.  The number of signs is consistent with Public Works standard placement.
 
ODOT conducted a speed zone investigation on N. Phoenix Road between E. Barnett Road and Cherry Lane in March 2016 at the request of Public Works.  The investigation recommended retaining the existing 45MPH speed zone at that time. 
 
Traffic volume has been counted routinely.  Summer 2016 counts found 11,200 vehicles per day (vpd) between Cherry Lane and E. Barnett Road.  In 2014 and 2012, this segment was 11,900 and 13,100 vpd respectively.  Volumes have decreased over previous years. 
 
The Police Department regularly deploys the speed van on this road segment.  There have been four deployments this year, and 28 since 2015.  A total of 45 citations have resulted from the deployments during this timeframe.
 
An advisory speed signing analysis was conducted in accordance with the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD).  The analysis used the posted speed limit or 85th-percentile speed, whichever is higher, on the approach to the curve and the horizontal curve’s advisory speed.  The analysis shows that winding road signs with advisory speed plaques are required. 
 
Possible solutions include field verification of the curve advisory speed and/or 85% approach speed; install curve advisory speed warning signs without chevrons; install curve advisory speed warning signs with chevrons; request ODOT speed zone investigation (Hillcrest to Cherry, Barnett, or Juanipero); install additional speed limit signs; request additional speed enforcement; or implement no changes.
 
Teresa Watson addressed the committee.  There have been numerous incidents that resulted in property damage.  There is a 35MPH zone between two 45MPH zones, with no signage in the stetch between Cherry Lane and the plaza area near Hillcrest Road.  Drivers are not complying with the 35MPH zone.  She noted that Foothill Road is well signed and she’d like to see similar on N. Phoenix Road. 
 
Hazel Smith also lives in this neighborhood.  She worries about cyclists in the bicycle lanes.  She also noted the increased hazards of N. Phoenix Road when conditions are icy.
 
Lewis Osborn clarified that the issue isn’t the 35MPH speed limit, but drivers that exceed the speed limit.  Ms. Watson and Ms. Smith affirmed that excess speed and recklessness are the issue; they feel the area could use more signage. 
 
Cheryl Noles stated her concern is whether adding more signs will change driver behavior.  Karl MacNair responded that behavior is not changed.  He said that MUTCD supports additional warning signage.
 
Jacob Sarver stated that the 35MPH speed limit could be moved 500 feet south of it’s current location near Cherry Lane.  Lewis asked if northbound traffic was more of an issue than southbound.  Ms. Watson and Ms. Smith responded that both directions are equally fast.  Ms. Smith noted that police presence makes a difference.
 
Jeff Morejohn asked if anything has changed in this area (such as more streets, housing, traffic congestion) that would make ODOT want to change the speed limit.  Karl responded that housing has increased consistently and there is more traffic coming onto N. Phoenix Road from other streets. 
 
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to request a new ODOT speed zone investigation from N. Phoenix Road from Hillcrest Road to Juanipero Way, recommending 35MPH.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
Lewis Osborn asked if the committee wanted to recommend that Public Works add speed and curve signs to N. Phoenix Road between Cherry Lane and Hillcrest Road.  Cheryl Noles MOVED to request that ODOT’s investigation also consider whether speed signs should indicate MPH and curvature in road.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.6     Cherry Lane, N Phoenix to City Limits- Speed Zone Review
Stanley Schlinger, 3910 Cherry Lane, Medford, OR 97504, submitted a Citizen Traffic Request Form with 17 additional signatures requesting an all-way stop at Stanford Avenue and increased speed enforcement on Cherry Lane.
 
Tracy Parks has called in requesting the posted speed be increased on Cherry Lane.
 
Cherry Lane carries approximately 1900 vehicles per day east of Stanford Avenue and 3900vpd west of Stanford.  North of Cherry Lane, Stanford Avenue is a county maintained unimproved roadway carrying 1900vpd.
 
An all-way stop study was performed in accordance with Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) guidance.  There were no correctible crashes in 2017.  Volumes on both streets do not meet the recommended minimum thresholds.  An all-way stop is not warranted. 
 
Cherry Lane transitions from County-maintained to City-maintained at a point 50 feet east of Mary Bee Lane.  This is also the point where the speed limit changes from designated 45MPH to statutory 25MPH.  Additionally, there is a downhill grade accompanying the reduction in speed.  The 3100-foot segment from Mary Bee Lane to N. Phoenix Road meets residential statutory requirements.
 
Possible solutions include request an ODOT speed zone investigation; continue speed enforcement with available police personnel; update striping to major collector layout (this would need to be planned and budgeted); or do nothing.
 
Stanley Schlinger addressed the committee.  His concern is controlling speed; with the downgrade of the road, traffic gains speed.  He feels a 4-way stop would help.  New development has gone in, but additional access roads have not been required. 
 
Karl MacNair noted that Cherry Lane is a truck route. 
 
Other citizens in attendance agree that speed is a problem, adding that there are school buses that are unable to move fast enough to get out of the way.  They talked about various signs and signals for speed control.  Karl informed the group that a stop sign is not a speed control device and installing an unwarranted stop sign will result in reduced effectiveness of the ones that are warranted. 
 
Officer Don Lane briefed on the operational requirements for speed vans and police resources.  His section handles as many locations throughout the city as possible, based on critical needs and the citizen complaints.
 
Cheryl Noles MOVED to continue speed enforcement efforts in this area.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved. 
 
Back in sequence.
 
30.2     Table Rock Road, Merriman to I-5 – Speed Zone Request
Angela Stiles, Jackson County Safe Routes to School Coordinator, has requested a speed zone investigation on Table Rock Road between Merriman Road to Interstate 5.
 
Traffic in this segment has been counted routinely.  Summer 2016 counts showed 11,100 vehicles per day (vpd) between Midway and Morningside.  Volumes have increased over previous years: 10,400 vpd in 2014 and 9,700 vpd in 2012.
 
Costco’s opening north of this segment has increased traffic.  The most recent speed zone investigation on Table Rock was completed in 2008.
 
Possible solutions are to request a new speed zone investigation or do nothing.
 
Ms. Stiles hopes the investigation will reduce the speed limit.  Lewis Osborn noted that more study will be done in this area due to the Costco project and questioned whether any action taken now will be changed in the coming months.  Karl MacNair stated that this was explained, but the investigation was requested anyway.
 
Cheryl Noles MOVED to do nothing at this time.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
30.3     Eagle Trace Dr and Wolf Run Dr – Stop/Yield Request
Larry and Anne Higby, 1523 Cypress Point Drive, Medford, OR 97504, have submitted a Citizen Traffic Request Form requesting parking restrictions along Eagle Trace Drive and stops signs at the intersection of Eagle Trace Drive and Wolf Run Drive.
 
Parking was restricted on one side of Eagle Trace Drive as a resulting from a TCC recommendation in August 2017.
 
A standard STOP Sign Warrant Investigation was conducted at Eagle Trace Drive and Wolf Run Drive.  Sight distance is not in compliance with Medford Municipal Code 10.735, Clear View of Intersecting Streets for both controlled (1 of 4 corners) and uncontrolled (1 of 4 corners) cases.  The sight distance obstruction is vegetation in the northwest corner of the intersection.  The property contains an un-named creek and is owned by a home owners association. 
 
Public Works last addressed this same sight distance obstruction in November 2016.  Karl MacNair explained this was sent to the TCC because letters are sent for this location at least once a year and wants committee feedback. 
 
Possible solutions are correct sight distance obstructions, install YIELD signs on Wolf Run at both approaches to Eagle Trace, or do nothing.
 
The committee agreed that addressing vegetation should remain the first step and letters should continue to be sent to property owners.  
 
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to continue sending sight-distance letters to property owners.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
 
40.       Reports
40.1     Oregon Impact Newsletter – January 2018
The Oregon Impact Newsletter was included in the agenda packet for committee members to review.
 
50.       Non-agenda Items
Karl MacNair introduced Jacob Sarver to the committee.  Jacob was recently hired as the new Traffic Engineering Technician.
 
60.       Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 1:56 p.m.
 
Respectfully Submitted,
 
Sheila Giorgetti
Administrative Support Technician
 

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