TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEECOUNCIL PRESENT:
NOVEMBER 12, 2010
12:00 – 1:00 P.M.
Chair, Jason Hearn, Ron Lawson, Cynthia Pratt
Greg Cuoio, Troy Woo, Roger Schoessel, Martin Hoppe, Peri Edmonds
15th AVENUE/COLLEGE STREET
Martin Hoppe, Transportation Manager, briefed the Committee on a proposal to allow only right in and right out vehicle movements at the 15th Avenue and College Street intersection, similar to the 14th Avenue and College Street modification that was completed earlier in the year. He reported that a ballot was sent to 25 property owners and residents to vote on the modifications to the intersection. To date, 16 ballots have been received and all were in favor of the modification.
Councilmember Pratt asked if there will be an announcement prior to construction. Martin noted that a press release will be published prior to beginning construction, and the police department will be informed so they can monitor traffic in the area. Installation of the right in and right out modification will take approximately four hours to complete. SMART CORRIDOR
Martin Hoppe, Transportation Manager, reported on SMART Corridors, which is a collaborative regional project looking for ways to improve the operational efficiency of the transportation network. Thurston Regional Planning Council (TRPC) has received federal Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) funds to be used on high priority transportation projects that provide cost-effective benefit to particulate matter emissions. The Transportation Policy Board recommended, and TRPC concurred, that technology investments in key regional strategy corridors could reduce stop-and-go traffic and increase transit operating efficiency. The SMART Corridors concept represents this region’s highest funding priority. He explained that the traffic controllers we currently use are very old, and there are more advanced systems available. If all the jurisdictions agree to transition to one type of controller and software, this would be a great benefit to our area. TRPC has $2 - $3 million available, which should be enough to replace all the controllers in Thurston County. It would cost approximately $500,000 to replace Lacey’s controllers. The length of time to replace the controllers would take approximately one full day per intersection. A contractor could install the new controllers at night to minimize the traffic. He noted that Intercity Transit agrees that this is a priority.BRITTON PARKWAY UPDATE
Roger Schoessel, City Engineer, updated the Committee on the Britton Parkway westbound lane project. The project has been advertised, and bids will be open on November 22. He noted there is $250,000 remaining in the JDF funds, and if the funds are not used by July 2011, they will go away. This project is estimated to cost $793,000. Construction will begin in late spring 2011, and should be completed by June 2011. 45TH AVENUE/COLLEGE STREET ROUNDABOUT
Martin Hoppe, Transportation Manager, received a letter from a citizen who witnessed a near-accident with a motorist and a pedestrian in the 45th Avenue and College Street roundabout. He noted there has been one bike collision and no pedestrian collisions at this roundabout in the last three years. He suggests retrofitting the crosswalks at this roundabout with the flashing lights at a cost of about $50,000 to $60,000. Councilmember Ron Lawson recommends installing the lights prior to the beginning of school in the fall of 2011.
Councilmember Ron Lawson moved to forward to full Council the recommendation to approve installation of flashing lights at the 45th Avenue and College Street roundabout. Councilmember Cynthia Pratt seconded. Motion carried.