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Traffic Coordinating Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes - December 13

Thursday, December 13, 2018

December 13, 2018 - NOON
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy, Medford, OR – Room 151

10.        Roll Call
20.        Approval of Minutes – September 27, 2018
25.        Consent Calendar -
25.1       Place Type 3 Barricades at the North end of Cherry Ln.
30.        Agenda Items
30.1       Siskiyou Blvd and Modoc All-way Stop and Other Requests
30.2       Crosswalk at 4th St and Apple
30.3       TCC to choose Liaison to Transportation Commission
40.        Reports
40.1       Safe Kids Oregon Newsletter-Summer 2018
50.        Non-agenda Items
60.        Adjournment

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December 13, 2018 – Lausmann Annex, Room 151
10.       Roll Call
The following members were present:  Peggy Penland, Cheryl Noles, Mike Montero, Lewis Osborn, and Jeffrey Morejohn
Staff Representatives present: Jake Sarver, Traffic Engineering Technician; Brad Westcott and Doug Norman, Public Works; Brenda Barker, Administrative Support Technician
Citizen in attendance:  Kelly Walker, 2216 Siskiyou Blvd, Medford, OR 97504
The meeting was called to order at 12:00 p.m. by­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­ Peggy Penland. A quorum was present.
20.       Approval of Minutes – Jeffrey Morejohn MOVED to accept the minutes of September 27, 2018. Lewis Osborn SECONDED. Motion was approved.
25.       Consent Calendar
            25.1 Place Type 3 Barricades at the North end of Cherry Lane
30.       Monthly Agenda
30.1     Siskiyou Blvd and Modoc Road, All-Way Stop and Other Requests
Mr. Kelly Walker, resident at 2216 Siskiyou Blvd, Medford, OR 97504 submitted a citizen request regarding speeding along Siskiyou Boulevard.
Jake Sarver gave the Staff Analysis:
Siskiyou Boulevard is a 44 foot wide major collector with curb, gutter, sidewalks on both sides of the street, and street lighting. Siskiyou Boulevard was found to carry 5,840 Average Daily Traffic (ADT) from Highland Dr. to Windsor Avenue, 4,986 ADT form Windsor Avenue to Modoc Avenue and 4,851 ADT from Modoc Avenue to Black Oak Drive.
Modoc Avenue is a 36 foot wide standard residential with curb and gutter on both sides north of Siskiyou Boulevard and none south of Siskiyou Boulevard. Street lights are sporadic and there are no sidewalks along Modoc Avenue. Modoc Avenue was found to carry 1,083 ADT north of Siskiyou Boulevard. 
Public Works has performed an all-way stop (AWS) study in accordance with MUTCD guidance. There were 4 correctible crashes at this intersection in 2018. Volume on the major street meets the minimum entering volume for 8 hrs. The minor streets doesn’t meet the minimum volume for the same period. The conclusion of the AWS study is that additional STOP signs are not warranted at this time. Details are included.
The request for an AWS at Windsor Avenue is also un-warranted at this time. No AWS study is included because there were no recorded crashes and the intersection has less volume than Modoc Avenue.
Regarding the request for changing the speed limit on Siskiyou Boulevard to 20-25 mph, Public Works has reviewed speed data from our tube counts and from the police department reports. After reviewing the deployments from the radar vans from October of 2017 to the most recent deployment of August 6, 2018 the data shows that out of 2,162 vehicles checked with radar, 16 violations have been given. This equates to 0.7% of the traffic exceeding the speed limit. The tube counts did not show a speeding problem. Public Works believes that the current speed of 30 mph is an appropriate speed for this section of roadway. That said, the section of Siskiyou Boulevard between Windsor Avenue and Black Oak Drive could qualify as a “Residence District,” per ORS 801.430, with a statutory speed limit of 25mph per ORS 810.180.
Regarding the request to make the right turn lane from Highland Avenue to Barnett Road from 1-lane to 2 right lane's to allow more I-5 Traffic onto Barnett Road,” this project is a tier 1 project in the City’s updated Transportation System Plan (TSP). The TSP is a 20-year plan and there is no set schedule for the project at this time.
Mr. Walker thanked the committee for their time and shared his and neighbor’s concerns about pedestrian and driver safety due to the number of accidents that have occurred since moving back to the valley seven years ago.  Mr. Walker also provided photos of a recent vehicle rollover accident to the committee.  The concerns are speeding vehicles around Hoover School and driver’s not paying attention to pedestrians. Surrounding residents feel the near-misses (as high as 15) are as important as actual accidents and that number is much higher.
Mr. Walker asked the committee what the next steps are and to consider solutions to this concern as well as for support to continue to look for solutions for the neighborhood. He and his neighbors want to work with the City and the surrounding neighborhood as a group. It’s just a matter of time for a major serious accident to happen.
Cheryl Noles stated she was familiar with the intersection and there is a blind spot by Siskiyou Cemetery where you can’t see any cars coming.  Cheryl Noles MOVED to recommend requesting stop signs at the intersection. Since no second and no additional motion came to the table, Peggy Penland opened it up for further discussion. Mike Montero stated the committee hears this type of complaint a lot. Siskiyou Boulevard is an auxiliary artery to Barnett Road which has increased traffic. Could Safe Routes to Schools federal government funds be used since City of Medford put in a request for about $1m from the fund? Jake Sarver responded that currently Safe Roads to Schools funds Tier 1 schools for project funds. The first round of monies from the program is slated for Tier 1 schools. 
Mike Montero asked to amend Cheryl Noles motion and would like to reduce the speed limit but doesn’t want a all-way stop at the intersection. Cheryl Noles wasn’t sure reducing the speed will be of much help. Drivers are already prone to the current speed and not sure it will help the matter Mr. Walker is talking about. Peggy Penland made a motion and asked committee if anyone is interested?  Mike Montero would like the motion to be for consideration pursuant to the code already in place to acknowledge or identify this area is a residential district. Direct staff to reduce the speed to 25mph. In addition, write a recommendation to Public Works that should they secure additional safe routes to school funds this area would be given priority. Jake Sarver reported that Hoover doesn’t meet the criteria set by safe routes to schools as a Tier 1 school.  Also Lone Pine School is not a Tier 1 school.
Outside of the criteria. Mike Montero would like to amend the language in the motion and strike the safe routes to school funding and identify Siskiyou Boulevard as a high priority neighborhood regardless of what funding source is available.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED. Peggy Penland stated the motion has been MOVED and SECONDED to ask the city to install 25 mph speed limit signs and continue through Hoover school zone. Keep in mind the school is in need of help for any funding issues that come along in the future and can be used for pedestrian safety.  Motion was approved.
Peggy Penland asked Jake Sarver to clarify whether or not red flags are installed to indicate a speed limit change. Jake responded that red flags are installed for a minimum of one month to alert drivers of the change. These are orange flags that measure approximately 12’x12’ with (2) to be located on each side for high visibility.
30.2     Crosswalk at 4th St and Apple
Buddy Lawruk has submitted a citizen request for adding a crosswalk at 4th St and Apple St.
Jake Sarver gave the Staff Analysis:
4th St is a 46 foot wide major arterial street with curb and gutter, sidewalks on both sides and street lighting available on the south side. 4th Street was found to carry 9200 vpd (vehicles per day) from Riverside Avenue to Central Avenue in 2018.

Apple Street is a 32ft wide commercial street with curb and gutter, sidewalks, parking available on both sides and with street lighting on the west side of street.

Public Works has performed a crosswalk treatment analysis at this location as well as a site visit. Upon a site visit, 57 pedestrians were counted during the peak hour making the crossing. 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 crosswalk, 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.

This location currently is a legal crosswalk per Oregon state law. The law has been attached.
After discussion Cheryl Noles asked for clarification on what businesses are located in that area. Jake Sarver listed Lithia Motors, Sam Jennings, Common Block and Starbucks as the businesses whose employees are using the crosswalk. Their employees have to park on side streets.  Cheryl Noles MOVED for marking the crosswalk at that intersection as a high visibility crosswalk. Lewis Osborn SECONDED. Motion was approved.
30.3     TCC to choose Liaison to Transportation Commission
The committee requested Jake Sarver provide more information about the time of the meetings for TC.  Some members wouldn’t be available if the meeting is in the evening.  The information will be sent to committee members by Brenda Barker. Also, is only one representative from a committee allowed to be on the Traffic Commission?
40.       Reports
40.1     Safe Kids Oregon Newsletter – Summer 2018
50.       Non-Agenda Items –
60.       Adjournment – Meeting adjourned at 12:42 p.m.


Respectfully Submitted,

Brenda Barker
Administrative Support Technician

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