Transportation CommitteeCouncil Present:
December 10, 2010
12:00 – 1:20 p.m.
Chair, Jason Hearn, Ron Lawson, Cynthia Pratt
Dusty Pierpoint, Troy Woo, Scott Egger, Martin Hoppe, E. Schold, Carol LittenCOUNCILMEMBER LAWSON MOVED TO APPROVE THE AGENDA. COUNCILMEMBER PRATT SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Traffic Flow on Lacey Boulevard
Councilmember Jason Hearn reported that his office is located on Lacey Boulevard between College Street and Ruddell Road. Recently, office staff have noted that traffic is sporadically traveling in the wrong direction on Lacey Boulevard. As a result, he contacted City staff to review the issue.
Martin Hoppe, Transportation Manager, stated that in assessing traffic situations, staff determines if any trends exist. Only one collision has been recorded since the couplet was installed in 2003. In the past few years, only three tickets have been issued for traveling the wrong way on the one-way couplet. One explanation may be that frequent commuters on Lacey Boulevard take a shortcut crossing Lacey Boulevard and heading the wrong direction for a short distance.
Martin stated that there is significant signage on the one-way couplet to alert drivers to the one-way direction. Directional arrows are painted on each intersection.
In addition, one-way signs are located at every exit along Lacey Boulevard, including private drives and streets. If a motorist is travelling in the wrong direction, the raised pavement markers on Lacey Boulevard reflect red as an alert.
Staff would recommend requesting that the City’s traffic patrol monitor the area to observe when motorists are traveling in the wrong direction, and then take appropriate enforcement action, as needed. Committee members concurred.COUNCILMEMBER PRATT AMENDED THE AGENDA TO ADD A SECOND ITEM REGARDING A PEDESTRIAN ACCIDENT AT 54TH AVENUE AND RUDDELL ROAD. COUNCILMEMBER LAWSON SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Update on 54th Avenue and Ruddell Road Pedestrian Accident
Martin Hoppe, Transportation Manager, provided an update on a recent pedestrian accident at the intersection of 54th Avenue and Ruddell Road.
Martin reported that the state average for traffic collisions is two accidents for every million entering vehicles. The traffic collision rate at 54th Avenue and Ruddell Road is 0.88%, or less than 1% of the state average. Martin reported that in the last 3 years, two pedestrian/vehicle incidents have been reported at this intersection.
Councilmember Cynthia Pratt shared some additional comments from her acquaintance who was recently injured at this intersection. She asked if the City has a public information plan for pedestrians and bicycles crossing intersections, and if additional enforcement, cameras, and signage can be provided.
Martin responded that cameras are only allowed at arterial intersections, and 54th Avenue does not qualify. In addition, too much signage can provide a false sense of security, and the City needs to maintain consistent standards for all intersections. He noted that countdown timers are the new standard for pedestrian crossing. As the City’s timers fail, they will be replaced with the new ones.
Scott Egger, Public Works Director commented that traffic engineering is statistically based. However, when accidents occur, the reaction is emotional. Staff assesses the situation based on statistics, and may not always be able to respond in a way that is satisfactory to all involved.
Scott stated that staff will add pedestrian/vehicle crossing information to the City’s website to provide additional public education. He also noted that stickers are located on traffic crossing poles at each intersection to provide information for pedestrian crossing.
Martin reported he will follow-up with Cynthia’s acquaintance to respond to her questions.