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Traffic Coordinating Committee Meeting Agenda & Minutes - August 22, 2019

Thursday, August 22, 2019

August 22, 2019 - 12:00 pm
Lausmann Annex, 200 S. Ivy, Medford, OR – Room 151
10.        Roll Call

20.        Approval of Minutes – June 27, 2019

25.        Consent Calendar -

30.        Agenda Items

30.1      Thrasher Lane and McAndrews Road - Sight Triangle Review

40.        Reports
40.1      Senate Bill 558
40.2      May 2019 Making an Impact

50.        Non-agenda Items

60.        Transportation Commission Liaison Update

70.        Next Meeting:  September 26, 2019, at 12:00 p.m.

80.        Adjournment

August 22, 2019                                       

12:00 pm                                                                              
Lausmann Annex, Room 151
200 S. Ivy Street, Medford, Oregon
Call to Order: 12:01 pm
10.  Roll Call
Committee Members Present:
Peggy Penland, Chairperson
Cheryl Noles
Jeff Morejohn
Mike Montero
Committee Members Absent:
Lewis Osborn
A Quorum was present.
Staff Present:
Jake Sarver, Traffic Engineering Technician
Bonnie Glidewell, Engineering Administrative Support
Tim Zacha, Operations Technician
Guests/Citizens Present:
David Baird
John Klein
Ron Lamb
Steve McArthur
20.  Approval or Correction of the Minutes
Mike Montero MOVED to accept minutes of June 27, 2019. Jeff Morejohn SECONDED. MOTION was approved and minutes accepted.
25.  Consent Calendar
30.  Agenda Items
30.1   Thrasher Ln and McAndrews Rd - Sight Triangle Review
David Baird of 1621 Veranda Park Drive and many other residents of Veranda Park retirement community have submitted electronic and paper requests for review of the sight triangle requirements on Thrasher Ln at the intersection McAndrews Rd.
Thrasher Ln at the intersection of McAndrews Rd is a 36-foot wide standard residential roadway with curb, gutter, sidewalk, and parking on both sides. It also has Street lights in the east side. Thrasher was found to carry 731 Average Daily Traffic (ADT).
Public Works has provided the analysis using the Medford Municipal Code 10.735, Clear View of Intersecting Streets, which determines “(1)  In order to provide a clear view of intersecting streets, there shall be a triangular area of clear vision formed where a street intersects with another street, driveway, or alley.”  This analysis was done following the requirements of the code (photo of analysis provided) and this was then provided to the parks department for them to perform the trimming of the vegetation, which has been done to meet the requirements of the code. In addition public works has restricted parking within 30 feet of the intersection on the east side of the road, with plans to paint the curb yellow in front of the “STOP” sign at the end of the striping season.
The requestors feel that there should be additional vegetation cleared to further expand the sight distance.
Possible Recommendations:
  • Do nothing.
  • Recommend Parks to clear additional vegetation ____distance
Steve McArther spoke on behalf of the three residents in the Veranda Park community regarding the safety of this area. Two issues are trees and speed. Most trees have been mitigated but the other issue is speed. On average, the East McAndrews access point is heavy and citizens typically go 40 MPH (current speed limit) or above but it is too high. A gentleman who resides at Veranda spoke about an accident he was in due to one still low hanging tree which is in the median and two others on the right that are not in the median. It was noted that although they were cut to City code, one more needs to be cut and they all need to be cut beyond City code. He requests that the City trim these trees another 300 feet so people who are turning left up East McAndrews will have more time to see oncoming cars.
Mike Montero made the motion that staff work with the Parks Department to maintain the clear 10 foot clear space from East and West sight triangle and watch the sight triangle as trees mature. Jake Sarver noted that Parks will not allow trees to be trimmed until they are 10 feet tall. He assured that when working with the Arborist, 600 feet to onramp to the East and it will assist in the left turn up East McAndrews.  In regards to the request on speed, he noted that Medford Police Department watches this area as much as they can. Mike MOVED and Cheryl SECONDED. Motion was approved.
Amended motion to include the distance of 600 feet on both sides of the intersection.
40.  Reports
40.1 Senate Bill 558
Jake Sarver spoke of changes happening in January involving the setting of speed limits. The standards are changing and he would like feedback to gather information in order to develop an ordinance to gain criteria that a road section must meet that would fall into 20MPH criteria. This would be put in front of the Transportation Commission then the City Council to get the ordinance passed that would break down the code as they meet the criteria. This will eliminate having to go through individual ordinances every time a request is put in.
He requests that the committee comes back after reading this new bill so it can be presented to the Transportation Commission to push the ordinance with new bullet point standards for 20MPH criteria, or operate in a case by case basis.
Mike Montero commented that when the City of Ashland did something similar which causes citizens to cut through neighborhoods to get past the traffic congestion. When traffic slows down, the que builds up.
Jake Sarver noted that if we require a criteria then we can follow a Standard Operating Procure in order to effectively address these speed requests. Lastly, he noted that the sight triangle code will also be updated to better serve the community and establishing ground rules. This will start with ASHTO and MUTCD then each department such as Planning and so on.
40.1 May 2019 Making an Impact
50. Non-agenda Items
Jake Sarver noted Medford School District got approved for 2020-2022 to fund a position through the Safe Routes to Schools grant which will allow schools to better evaluate walkability, bussing, safety issues and more. They will work with the City on this project.
Mike Montero noted Oregon Department of Transportation (ODOT) may have monies available to help assist with this effort. The “walking bus” option might also be available as a new program endorsed by ODOT and the Oregon Health Authority which would allow volunteers to walk with children and decrease traffic congestion near schools.
The second non-agenda item noted by Jake Sarver is an all roads transportation arts grant for improvements at Riverside Avenue and Stewart Avenue. The project scope includes installing a flashing beacon on Stewart Westbound as an advanced warning of signalization of the intersection of Riverside Avenue. They want a speed recommendation by TCC and will get a speed investigation by ODOT for Barnett and Riverside on Stewart to decrease speeding. Peggy Penland noted 30MPH to match Centre Drive. Currently, it is 35MPH.
Mike Montero noted it would be good to check with Fire, Life and Safety crews as they have emergency travel to Asante often and to check on bonding and insurance requirements.
Mike Montero MOVED to decrease the speed to 30MPH with the contingency of getting approval from Fire and Emergency Services as well as City Administration. Jeff Morejohn SECONDED. Motion was approved.
60.  Transportation Commission Liaison Update
Peggy Penland spoke of the Mega-Corridor funding options and noted that next week there will be a vote at the meeting on how it will be funded.
70.  Next Meeting:
The next meeting is scheduled for September 26, 2019, at 12:00 p.m., and will be in the Lausmann Annex, Conference Room 151.      
80.  Adjournment: 12:43 pm
Respectfully Submitted,
Bonnie Glidewell
Administrative Support Technician  
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