March 12, 2010
12:00 – 1:10 p.m.
Chair, Jason Hearn, Ron Lawson, Cynthia PrattStaff Present:
Scott Spence, Scott Egger, Troy Woo, Rick Walk, Martin Hoppe, Roger Schoessel, Carol Litten Councilmember Pratt nominated Councilmember Hearn as Chair. Councilmember Lawson seconded. Motion carried.
14th Way at College Street Update
Scott Egger, Public Works Director, reported that in March 2009 a C-curb was installed on College Street at 14th Avenue to prohibit left turns onto 14th Avenue. Following the installation, the City received comments about the diversion of traffic and speeding on 14th Way. On January 20, 2010, the City held a public meeting to discuss traffic on 14th Way from College Street to Golf Club Road. Most residents favored a proposal to allow only right in and right out vehicle movements at the intersection.
A letter, containing a ballot, was sent to 40 property owners and residents on January 29, 2010, to vote on the modifications to the intersection. To date, 22 ballots have been received with 19 in support and 3 in opposition to the modified intersection.
Martin stated a letter will also be sent to residents on 15th Avenue and 19th Avenue to notify them of the modifications to 14th Way, and offer them the same opportunity to select this option for their street. Councilmember Lawson moved to modify the intersection to allow only right in and right out vehicle traffic at the intersection of 14th Way and College Street. Councilmember Pratt seconded. Motion carried.
Mullen Road Extension
Roger Schoessel, City Engineer, provided an update on the Mullen Road extension construction project. He reported tree removal has been completed, and extra soil from the excavation will be used to level the road. There will be a future infiltration pond in the northwest area of the project.
In the next two weeks, the reclaimed water main will be installed which will link to the future site of the LOTT satellite treatment facility. The new 12 inch transmission main should help alleviate low water pressure in the southeast area of the City. Martin remarked that although this project will not be vested under the City’s new Stormwater Drainage Manual, this corridor has a very robust stormwater management system.
Councilmember Pratt inquired about sound barriers along the road to reduce noise to nearby residential neighborhoods. Roger stated a mandatory 20 foot setback is required along the transportation corridor in accordance with the City’s Comprehensive Plan. He noted an agreement with Northridge Estates will include fencing, as well as vegetation and landscaping. Cynthia asked about the estimated speed of travel and road design to ensure speeding is limited. Martin commented the speed limit will be 35 mph and probably carry 10,000 – 15,000 trips per day. In addition, the road travels through a school zone, which further reduces the speed limit to 20 mph. Roger stated the road is designed with barrier curves and a narrow corridor feel, including trees and foliage close to the road, which helps reduce speeding.
Martin stated it is anticipated that the Mullen Road extension will help reduce traffic congestion in adjacent traffic corridors. Councilmember Jason Hearn inquired whether there is any discussion about opening 37th Avenue through to Olympia. Martin noted there is a long-term plan to extend 37th to Boulevard at the roundabout. Jason remarked that 37th at Hermann is dangerous, and will receive more traffic as a connector to Olympia. Roger remarked that Olympia anticipates a future connection.