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Traffic Coordinating Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes - September 27

Thursday, September 27, 2018

September 27, 2018 - NOON
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy, Medford, OR – Room 151
10.        Roll Call
20.        Approval of Minutes – July 26, 2018
25.        Consent Calendar -
25.1      Place “No Parking” and “No Camping” along Evergreen St between 2nd and Jackson.
25.2      Place “No Parking between Signs” at crosswalk on Black Oak near St. Mary’s School
25.3      Place additional One-Way signs at the intersection of McAndrews and Court
25.4      “No Parking Here to Corner” all sides of the intersection of Dragon Tail and Arrowhead
30.        Agenda Items
30.1      Highland Speed Concerns
30.2      Siskiyou Blvd Parking Restriction
30.3      Crosswalk at Springbrook and Brookside
40.        Reports
40.1      Safe Kids Oregon Newsletter-Summer 2018
50.        Non-agenda Items
60.        Adjournment

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September 27, 2018 – Lausmann Annex, Room 151
10.       Roll Call

The following members were present:  Cheryl Noles, Mike Montero, Lewis Osborn, and Jeffrey Morejohn
Staff Representatives present: Jake Sarver, Traffic Engineering Technician; Corporal Tom Venables, Medford Police Department; Monica Neimoyer, Administrative Support Technician
Citizens in attendance:  Ruth Brodman and Shelly Brodman, 747 Highland Dr, Medford, OR 97501
The meeting was called to order at 12:00 p.m. by­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Mike Montero. A quorum was present.
20.       Approval of Minutes – Jeffry Morejohn MOVED to accept the minutes of July 26, 2018. Lewis Osborn SECONDED. Motion was approved.
25.       Consent Calendar –
            25.1  Place “No Parking” and “No Camping” signs along Evergreen Street between 2nd and Jackson
            25.2  Place “No Parking between Signs” sign at crosswalk on Black Oak near St. Mary’s School
            25.3  Place additional “One-Way” signs at the intersection of McAndrews and Court
            25.4  Place “No Parking Here to Corner” signs at all sides of the intersection of Dragon Tail and Arrowhead
Also included for members present today, but absent during the July 26, 2018, meeting:
School Zone, including signs was placed on Valley View for the new Valley School.
Cedar Links striping is complete, bike lanes both directions, no parking on the south. 

30.       Monthly Agenda
30.1     Highland Speed Concerns
Ms. Karen Sanders, Apartment Manager, Four Seasons Apartments located at 747 Highland Drive, Medford, OR 97504 submitted a citizen request regarding speeding along Highland Drive.
Jake Sarver gave the Staff Analysis:

Highland Drive is a 44 foot wide major collector with curb, gutter, sidewalks on both sides of the street, street lighting on the south side east of Modoc and north side west of Modoc. Highland Drive was found to carry 14,399 Average Daily Traffic (ADT) from Barnett to Greenwood. In addition, the northbound traffic merges from two lanes to one lane approximately 260 feet south of the southern entrance to the apartments.
Public works has performed a site visit and found there is a 35 MPH sign posted on Highland north of Barnett. Parking is not available on either side of either driveway for the apartment complex. The 85th percentile for the northbound traffic in this segment is currently 34 MPH and the southbound being 33 MPH making the current speed limit of 35 MPH, the correct speed.
Public Works conducted a crash analysis since 2013 and found zero driveway related crashes. A summary of the crashes is as follows:
2013 - One crash merging prior to complex
2014 - Two rear ends at crosswalk
2015 - Two crashes merging and two rear ends
2016 - One crash merging
2017 - Three merging and one parked car at entrance
2018 - None thus far 
Mrs. Ruth Brodman shared her concerns while trying to pull out of the apartment complex due to the volume and speed of traffic. There are children and teens on skateboards coming and going from the park across the street, including families with small children riding bikes. Mrs. Brodman suggested a “Hidden Driveway Ahead” sign would help warn people of merging traffic from the apartment complex.
Mr. Shelly Brodman plays tennis at the park in the mornings. He stated how difficult it is to cross Highland Drive, even using the Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB) at the crosswalk. Many vehicles do not slow down or stop. Mr. Brodman suggested having a police officer park near that area to observe.
Corporal Tom Venables, Medford Police Department, explained that when police cars park to observe traffic, the traffic always slows down. He will add this area to the pedestrian enforcement as able.  
Mike Montero explained the classification of collector and arterial streets. The speed is determined by the classification of the road. Highland Drive is classified as a major collector, which is designed to handle the maximum amount of urban traffic. In many areas these streets go through residential areas which makes it more challenging for the residents.
Through this meeting the Medford Police Department is now aware of the concerns regarding speed, traffic volume, and vehicles not yielding to pedestrians using the RRFB at the crosswalk on Highland at Greenwood.
Mike Montero asked the committee for recommendations. Jake Sarver explained that “Hidden Driveway Ahead” signs are not authorized Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Device (MUTCD) signs. Jake Sarver suggested requesting property owners to trim vegetation which would maintain the sight triangle.
Cheryl asked about Medford Municipal code for emergency vehicles entering and exiting the complex. Jake Sarver explained that they have a driveway on Highland and one on Greenwood. There is no cross-through access for tenants to choose which driveway to use. It’s an older complex.
After discussion Jeffrey Morejohn MOVED to recommend doing nothing, but ask MPD to observe traffic and pedestrians in that area of Highland Drive with enforcement as needed. Lewis Osborn SECONDED. Motion was approved.
30.2     Siskiyou Blvd Parking Restrictions
Mr. George R. Scott, 1256 Eureka Cir, Medford, OR 97504 requested in person, installation of parking restrictions on Siskiyou Blvd at the intersection with Eureka Circle.
Jake Sarver gave the Staff Analysis:
Siskiyou Blvd is a 44 foot wide major collector with curb and gutter on both sides of the street, street lighting and sidewalks on the north side. Siskiyou Blvd was found to carry 6,680 Average Daily Traffic (ADT) from Willamette to Highland.
Eureka Circle is a cul-de-sac with curb and gutter, one street light, and no sidewalks.
Public Works has performed a site visit and determined that by the code section 10.735 Clear View of Intersecting Streets, there is a sight obstruction from parking on both the east and west side of Eureka Cir. Parking restrictions to mitigate the sight obstruction would result in prohibited parking 75 feet west and 115 feet east of intersection. These parking restrictions would displace approximately four spaces to the west and six spaces to the east.
After discussion Lewis Osborn MOVED to recommend Public Works meet the code. Cheryl Noles SECONDED. Motion was approved.
30.3     Crosswalk Request at Springbrook and Brookside
Deborah Dill, 2595 Roberts Road, Medford, OR 97504, submitted a Citizen Request Form for additional crosswalk at Springbrook Road and Brookside Drive.
Jake Sarver gave the Staff Analysis:
Springbrook Rd is a 44 foot wide major collector street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting, and parking available on the west side. Springbrook Rd was found to carry 9,921 Vehicle per Day (VPD) from Roberts Rd to Lone Pine Rd in 2018.
Brookside Dr is a 36 foot wide residential street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, street lighting, and parking available on both sides.
Public Works has performed a crosswalk treatment analysis at this location, as well as a site visit. Upon a site visit 21 pedestrians were counted during the peak hour making the crossing, all of which were school children. After performing the analysis it has been determined that this location meets the active or enhanced treatment category. Active or enhanced crosswalk treatment examples are as follows: high-visibility signs, advanced stop/yield signs, parking restrictions, pedestrian warning signs, curb extension/bulb-out, raised median islands, etc. To meet the active or enhanced treatment level these items may be used individually or in conjunction with each other. Public Works has recently changed their policy to include painting high visibility (also known as continental or zebra style) crosswalks as the standard where crosswalks are painted. Painting a crosswalk at this location will require the installation of two curb ramps to make the crossing ADA compliant. This location currently is a legal crosswalk per Oregon state law. The law has been attached to the agenda.
After discussion, Cheryl Noles MOVED to recommend placement of a painted crosswalk with ramps with a bump-out and crosswalk warning signs. Jeffrey Morejohn SECONDED. Motion was approved.
40.       Reports
40.1     Safe Kids Oregon Newsletter – Summer 2018
50.       Non-Agenda Items –

Effective January 2019, the City of Medford has established a Transportation Commission. In the membership configuration, the Transportation Commission will include one member from this committee. Once the monthly meeting dates are determined this committee will need to consider who is able to attend as the representative to the Transportation Commission. It would be good if the Traffic Coordinating Committee can designate one person to attend those meetings with an alternate when needed.
The City is wrapping up some high level strategic planning processes including the updates to the Transportation System Plan (TSP). Committee members here need to be aware of the changes coming and study the process and how it relates to Traffic Coordinating Committee. 

60.       Adjournment – Meeting adjourned at 12:45 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,

Monica Neimoyer
Administrative Support Technician


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