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City Council Study Session Agenda & Minutes

Thursday, March 22, 2018

March 22, 2018

6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon
  1. TSP Project List Prioritization

March 22, 2018

6:00 p.m.
City Hall, Medford Room
411 W. 8th Street, Medford, Oregon

The Medford City Council Study Session was called to order at 6:00 p.m. in the Medford Room of Medford City Hall on the above date with the following members and staff present:
Mayor Gary Wheeler; Councilmembers Clay Bearnson, Kay Brooks (arrived at 6:14 p.m.), Tim D’Alessandro, Dick Gordon, Tim Jackle, Kevin Stine, Kim Wallan and Michael Zarosinski
City Manager Brian Sjothun; Deputy City Manager Kelly Madding; City Attorney Lori Cooper; Deputy City Recorder Winnie Shepard, Planning Director Matt Brinkley; Deputy Public Works Director/City Engineer Alex Georgevitch
TSP Prioritization
Planning Director Matt Brinkley provided a history of the Transportation System Plan (TSP) noting the evening’s goal was to prioritize projects, with additional discussion next week.
  • Decide Level of Service (LOS) for intersections
  • Decide whether the entire Foothill corridor improvements should be included in Tier 1
  • Project revenues have been reduced from $75.4M to $72.4M, to account for contingency
  • TSP covers a 20-year time period and is flexible through capital improvement program or budget process, etc.
  • TSP accommodates future growth through project prioritization
  • Kittleson & Associates used the proposed UGB expansion to determine road improvements to accommodate expected traffic
  • Planning has 251 proposed projects, with an estimated expense of $800M; there is not enough funding for all projects; three proposed scenarios
    • Scenario 1: Maintain LOS D, include full build-out of Foothill and North Phoenix Road for an estimated total of approximately $106M ($42M deficit)
    • Scenario 2: Maintain LOS D, intersection only Foothill and North Phoenix Road for an estimated total cost of $46.6M ($17.5M surplus)
    • Scenario 3: Change to LOS E, full build-out of Foothill and North Phoenix Road for an estimated total cost of $70.5M ($6.4M deficit)
    • Scenario 4: Change to LOS E, intersection only at Foothill and North Phoenix Road for an estimated total cost of $10.9 million ($53.2 surplus)
  • Main expenses for TSP include:
    • Project 609 Foothill from McAndrews to Cedar Links; $50M
    • Projects I17 and I78 intersection upgrades at Stewart/Highway 99 and Highland/Barnett; $20M each
      • Intersection at Barnett and Highland, with an estimated expense of $20 to $30 million
      • Stewart/Highway 99 intersection is constrained due to railroad. Generally, the railroad prefers an overpass above the railroad
  • Estimated wait times for LOS D and E are 55 and 80 seconds, respectively
  • LOS drives development within an area
    • If we maintain concurrency, development could be restricted
    • Development generates the SDC fees needed to create projects
  • Differences between Scenarios 2 and 4:
    • Intersections would be improved to five lanes each direction
    • The length of corridor would not have additional lanes
  • City doesn’t have the geography or the money to increase/maintain intersections to LOS D
    • Would need to purchase land from citizens in addition to the cost of the improvements
  • Discussed the Stewart Meadows project; the traffic study included the area through Golf View; the City built the signal; ODOT has some restrictions as well
  • Possible to only include intersections without major improvements on Foothill
  • Staff will continue to apply for federal grant funding
            Council comment:
  • Try to stay with LOS D, unless it is financially impractical, then move to LOS E
    • Evaluate every 5 years
  • Not feasible to pay for the Stewart/Highway 99 and Highland/Barnett intersections
  • Need to figure out four major projects, but maybe set aside funding for specific projects within the corridor
  • Could commit a specific dollar amount for each project, but City may need assistance for those projects in the future
  • Staff should maintain a priority list
  • Could commit funding to the corridor as a whole versus individual projects along the corridor
  • How do we assign the funding and maintain priority projects
    • If we keep projects as Tier 1 and partially funding, it should be approved by the MPO
  • Have verbal commitments from other jurisdictions for South Stage, but nothing in writing
  • Acknowledge that we have four big projects and assign funding toward each
  • Could complete the Foothill intersections, then move toward widening the roadway
  • South Interchange failure with traffic queuing up on the freeway right now
    • Could we still apply the funding if we keep projects as Tier 1 but do not fund 100%
    • Staff to research the issue
  • Staff to meet with ODOT on April 18, 2018; City expected to receive grant funding assistance on South Stage and other projects
    • After that meeting, staff can provide information to Council regarding cost to city and expected funding from outside areas
  • Foothill corridor including North Phoenix and South Stage should be Tier 1
  • Bulk of funding for the Foothill project is moving the power substation
    • Save funding by eliminating the sidewalks and multi-use paths and maintaining current substation location
    • Would the substation still need to move if we saved that space
    • Need gas tax funding for the project
    • Could remove center turn lane and eliminate left turns on Foothill at Lone Pine reduce sidewalks, etc. and could possibly utilize the existing area without moving the substation
    • Staff needs to research whether a right turn only at Lone Pine and Foothill would be feasible; Thrasher may need to become a collector
  • LOS D citywide with an exception of E at the Stewart/Highway 99 and Highland/Barnett intersections
  • Downtown area should also have a different LOS
  • Other funding options; at this point only including our local funding
    • Collect SDCs that already exist
    • Collaborative funding from other areas
    • Assess current funding sources and look for additional funding
  • Local Improvement Districts (LID) are created and the funding obtained from the LID can build something fairly quickly
    • Create a bond and tie it to property taxes
    • Property owners need to agree to the creation of any LID
  • Council requested additional information on LID funding, how LID’s are established and funding options
  • Review the Stewart/Highway 99 and Highland/Barnett intersections; perhaps changes could be made in the surrounding areas to reduce traffic
The meeting adjourned at 7:26 p.m.
Winnie Shepard
Deputy City Recorder


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