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Traffic Coordinating Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes - April 25, 2019

Thursday, April 25, 2019

April 25, 2019 - NOON
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy, Medford, OR – Room 151
10.        Roll Call

20.        Approval of Minutes – February 28, 2019

25.        Consent Calendar
25.1       Table Rock and Midway Crossing – Changing the location from the North side of the intersection to the South side for visibility after chip seal this summer
25.2       Oakdale and 8th St – Adding double sided One-way signs to the Northwest Corner light pole
25.3       S Oakdale and W Barnett Crossing – Installing marked crosswalk

30.        Agenda Items
30.1       Eagle Trace Dr and Wolf Run Dr – Stop/Yield Request
30.2       UPDATE: S Holly Street between 10th Street and 11th Street - Removal of Parking Restriction
30.3       Main St & Barneburg – All-way Stop Request
30.4       Parking Restriction along Springbrook south of Blackthorn

40.        Reports
40.1       March 2019 Making an Impact

50.        Non-agenda Items

60.        Transportation Commission Liaison Update

70.        Adjournment
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April 25, 2019
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy Street – Room 151
10.       Roll Call
The following members were present:  Peggy Penland, Chairperson; Mike Montero, Chamber of Commerce; Jeff Morejohn, Medford School District; Cheryl Noles, AAA
Members absent:  Lewis Osborn, At-Large Member
Staff representatives present:  Jake Sarver, Traffic Engineering Technician; Randy Jewell, MPD Traffic
Citizens in attendance:  None
The meeting was called to order at 12:00 pm by Peggy Penland.  A quorum was present.
20.       Approval of Minutes – February 28, 2019. 
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to accept the minutes of February 28, 2019.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Motion was approved and minutes accepted. 
25.       Consent Calendar: 
25.1        Table Rock Road and Midway Road Crossing – Change the location from the North side of the intersection to the South side for visibility after chip seal this summer.
25.2        S. Oakdale Avenue and W. 8th Street – Add double sided ONE-WAY signs to the northwest corner light pole.
25.3     S. Oakdale Avenue and W, Barnett Road Crossing – Install marked crosswalk.
30.       Monthly Agenda
30.1     Eagle Trace Drive and Wolf Run Drive – STOP/YIELD Request
Sarah Nelson, no address provided, and Autumn and David Boekenoogen, 4553 Eagle Trace Drive, Medford, OR 97504, submitted requests for STOP signs at the intersection of Wolf Run and Eagle Trace.
The intersection of Wolf Run Drive and Eagle Trace Drive is an unsignalized 4-way intersection.  Eagle Trace is a residential street that connects to Hillcrest Road, which is a high order street, and serves several other residential streets.  The intersection of Wolf Run Drive and Eagle Trace Drive is approximately 200 feet from Hillcrest Road.  The intersection of Eagle Trace Drive and Hillcrest Road is an unsignalized T-intersection, and Eagle Trace is STOP controlled.  Parking was restricted on one side of Eagle Trace Drive resulting from a TCC recommendation in August, 2017.
The Traffic Engineering Section conducted a standard STOP Sign Warrant Investigation at Eagle Trace Drive and Wolf Run Drive in 2018 which resulted in a lack of warrants at that time.  Since the time of the initial investigation, there was an accident and the analysis now meets the warrant to install YIELD signs.
Solutions are:  1) install YIELD signs on Wolf Run at both approaches to Eagle Trace, or 2) do nothing.
Peggy Penland agreed that this intersection has a high potential for accidents; the real problem is the curve, but there isn’t much that can be done about that.
Mike Montero MOVED to install YIELD signs on Wolf Run at Eagle Trace because this intersection meets warrants.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
30.2     UPDATE:  S. Holly Street between W. 10th Street and W. 11th Street - Removal of Parking Restriction
UPDATE:  Scott Pingle, 304 S. Holly Street, Medford, OR 97501, submitted request to re-install parking restrictions along S. Holly Street in front of his business.
There is currently one hour parking restrictions on both sides of the north half and 2 hour parking restriction on the west side of the south half of this road segment.
Holly Street is identified as a “neighborhood bikeway” in the 2018 Transportation System Plan.  Neighborhood bikeways include shared vehicle/bicycle lanes (i.e. no bike lanes) with signing and striping to designate the shared facility.
Public Works polled the neighborhood for feedback on placing parking restrictions.  Of 11 letters sent, there were three responses in favor of removing parking restrictions.
The City of Medford actively monitors parking restrictions in the downtown parking district which is north of W. 10th Street.  Enforcement of the current restrictions on S. Holly Street would be done when citizens call in to report violations.
Solutions are:  1) re-install 1-hour parking in front of 304 S. Holly Street, or 2) implement no changes.
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to re-install 1-hour parking in front of 304 S. Holly Street.  Mike Montero SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
30.3     E. Main Street & Barneburg Road – All-Way STOP Request
Russell Granger, 23 S. Barneburg Road, Medford, OR 97504, submitted a request for additional STOP signs at the intersection of E. Main Street and Barneburg Road.
In 2018, Barneburg Road was found to carry 4,300 average daily traffic (ADT) on the north side and 4,200 on the south side, which was up slightly from 2016.  The volumes have steadily increased since 2008.
Highland Drive is a major collector south of E. Main Street, and the two streets meet in a T-intersection. In 2018, Highland Drive was found to carry 6,500 ADT which was also up slightly from 2016 and experienced a steady increase since 2008.
Public Works performed warrant analyses on the intersections of both Barneburg and Highland at E. Main Street.  Both intersections meet All-Way STOP warrants; in addition the intersection of Highland Drive and E. Main Street meets signal warrants.  Public Works plans for these intersections to be further studied to determine if a signal or roundabout(s) are the correct treatments for these intersections.  This process takes time and it will likely be a few years before any changes are made.
There have been more crashes at the Barneburg intersection than at the Highland intersection.  From 2012 to 2016, there were 11 correctable crashes at Barneburg and six at Highland.
The Manual on Uniform Traffic Control states in section 2B.07 “Where traffic control signals are justified, the multi-way stop is an interim measure that can be installed quickly to control traffic while arrangements are being made for the installation of the traffic control signal.”
Public Works has modeled both intersections for All-Way STOP treatments.  The intersection of Barneburg and E. Main currently operates at level of service (LOS) E; the city standard is  LOS D or better.  With an All-Way STOP, it will operate at LOS C.  The intersection of Highland and E. Main operates at LOS F under existing conditions and will be LOS E with an All-Way STOP.  The model also showed the All-Way STOP at Highland results in peak hour queues to exceed 400 feet, which would cause sight distance concerns for the eastbound traffic on Main.
Solutions include:  1) install an All-Way STOP at E. Main and Barneburg; 2) install an All-Way STOP at E. Main and Highland; 3) install an All-Way STOP at both intersections; or 4) implement no changes.
Jeff Morejohn asked where traffic will shift to avoid STOP signs if installed.  Jake Sarver responded this is why both intersections (E. Main/Barneburg and E. Main/Highland) were modeled at the same time.  A significant amount of traffic turns at Highland, which justifies a traffic signal.
Cheryl Noles asked why there are more crashes at Barneburg.  Jake stated that it is not known why, but appears to be drivers attempting to dart across the intersection and misjudging distance, gaps and speed.
The committee discussed the consequences of taking action at one or both of the intersections.  Mike Montero noted something needs to be done.  The All-Way STOP is an interim measure and will deal with accidents and improve level of service, which is additional relief.  This seems to make more sense and might create more opportunity for gaps. 
Jake clarified that funding for a study of these intersections is planned in the next 2-year budget cycle.  This will be for studies to help determine the best treatment; we cannot be sure of the timeframe before a traffic signal or roundabout(s) are potentially installed. 
Mike Montero MOVED to install an All-Way STOP and E. Main Street and Barneburg Road as an interim proposal subject to analysis of how the treatment performs.  Jeff Morejohn SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
30.4     Parking Restriction along Springbrook Road south of Blackthorn Way
Wayne Draheim, 3252 Blackthorn Way, Medford, OR 97504, submitted a request for restricting parking along the west side of Springbrook Road north of the intersection of Blackthorn Way.
In 2016, Springbrook Road was found to carry 7,900 vehicles per day (vpd) from Delta Waters Road to Owen Drive.  Blackthorn was found to carry 600 vpd from Springbrook to Delta Waters Road.
Site visits indicate sight distance south of the intersection along Springbrook Road are obstructed by parked vehicles.  On two different site visits, it was also observed to have vehicles including trailers parked in front of the existing fire hydrant.  Medford Municipal Code (MMC) 10.735 Clear View of Intersecting Streets provides boundaries of clear view triangles at stop-controlled intersections.  Applying this code to the intersection, a NO PARKING restriction along the west side would encompass Springbrook Road frontage of 3293 Blackthorn and remove four parking spaces.
Solutions are:  1) do nothing; or 2) restrict parking on the west side of Springbrook Road from Blackthorn Way north approximately 82 feet.
Jeff Morejohn MOVED to restrict parking on the west side of Springbrook Road from Blackthorn Way north approximately 82 feet.  Cheryl Noles SECONDED.  Motion was approved.
40.       Reports
40.1     March 2019 Making an Impact

The Oregon Impact Newsletter was included in the agenda packet for committee members to review.
50.       Non-agenda Items
50.1     Transportation Commission Update
Peggy Penland updated the committee on the Transportation Commission meeting that was held on April 24, 2019.  The Yield Roadway treatment on Valley View Drive, which was forwarded from the TCC, was discussed.  Concurrency and legacy streets were also discussed.  Mike Montero explained the impact of concurrency and how it will affect traffic issues in Medford. 
60.     Adjournment
The meeting adjourned at 12:53 p.m.
Respectfully Submitted,
Sheila Giorgetti
Office Administrator


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