Transportation Advisory Committee
May 17, 2007
1. CALL TO ORDER
Committee Members Attending: Gordon Kimber, Steve Simmons, Jim McVay,
Committee Members Absent: Harvey Riggs
Council Members Attending: Scott Perkins
Planning Commission Liaison:None
Guests Attending: Elaine Hall, Bob Fracolli
Staff Members Attending: Lisa Bobadilla, PJ Sekhon, Piere Clark, Sergeant White
The meeting was called to order by Vice Chair Steve Simmons at 6:30 p.m.
2. REVIEW AND APPROVAL OF MINUTES
M/S/C/U (Kimber/Klingner) to approve the minutes of the April 19, 2007 (4-0). The minutes of the April 26, 2007 were not available and will be provided at the next meeting.
3. PUBLIC COMMENT
4. UNFINISHED BUSINESS
Due to the fact that Harvey Riggs was not present at this meeting, there was no update to report to the committee.
PJ Sekhon presented an update on the traffic calming attempts along Canyon Crest Drive. She stated that the traffic counts and warrant analyses were complete and that the street was not warranted for speed humps due to low traffic volumes and low 85th percentile speeds. She presented the TAC with the Phase I mitigation plan that is being suggested for installation along Canyon Crest Drive. The Phase I plan includes advanced warning signs for the vertical alignments, and raised pavement markers. PJ then reported that traffic counts were being retaken along Bandol Way, and that she would present eh new findings upon completion of the analysis.
PJ discussed concerns regarding speeding and pedestrian safety along Windemere Parkway and stated that traffic counts are underway to determine the posted speed limit and subsequent police enforcement of the new posted speed limit.
PJ then discussed visibility concerns relating to Red Willow Road. She stated the Public Services will be trimming the vegetation to a height of 3” or replacing the current landscaping with low-lying vegetation. This will improve the sight distance for motorists executing a left turn out of Azalea Lane onto eastbound Red Willow Road. She stated that there is currently No Parking along Red Willow Road, and that if required in the future additional parking restrictions could be installed through red curb or signage.
PJ concluded her update by reporting that residents of Hastings Way had concerns relating to speeding, which were being addressed through the deployment of the radar trailer on at least two consecutive days per the resident’s request.
5. NEW BUSINESS
5.1 Public Hearing – Radar Speed Display Signage for Norris Canyon Road
PJ Sekhon gave a Power Point presentation on the Radar Speed Display Signage that illustrated the proposed location of the sign and its usage. After her presentation, Mr. Hernandez of Western Pacific, gave an actual demonstration on the sign display.
Jim McVay questioned the size of the signs and PJ indicated that the size of the signs demonstrated on her Power Point presentation were not a true representation of the actual recommended size signs. She indicated that both sign sizes, the 12” and the 18” met the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) requirements.
Jim McVay asked how long before the sign would start working and if traffic surveys would be done afterwards to indicate effective traffic calming. PJ indicated the signs would start working immediately upon installation, and that surveys had already been completed at all proposed locations as part of the before study, and that after surveys could be done as early as two weeks after installation or at six months. She noted that conducting an after study just weeks after installation may show artificially lower traveling speeds as many motorist will reduce their speeds as a reaction to the newly installed signs, therefore she recommended that the after study be performed at six months from installation to reflect more accurate traffic calming speeds. She also noted that in the Town of Danville, surveys were done months after the signs were installed and that traffic calming had reduced speeds as a result of the signs.
Vice Chair Simmons opened the public hearing for comments.
Mr. Bob Fracolli, Greenwood Place resident since1992, expressed concern about the frontage of Norris Canyon Road. He indicated that the increase in Bishop Ranch traffic and the building of new homes has presented more traffic due to commuters trying avoid I-580 and bypass Crow Canyon Road. There have been two recommendations to the City since 2005; the first was to put a sidewalk in on the north side of the road by the old Weidermen property to allow people to step out on the road since there are no sidewalks and estimate that most drivers accelerate speeds as high as 50 mph. The second recommendation, to install signs to warn east bound traffic and west bound drivers to slow down. In general, he encouraged the committee to consider signage as a means to maximize the safety of pedestrians and drivers. As to the sign size, Mr. Fracolli said he was content with the larger sign because it was a small price to pay in exchange for possibly saving some ones life. He stated he would rather look at a larger sign day in and day out than live with knowing someone could be hurt by a speeding car.
M/S/C/U (Klingner/Kimber) unanimously approved the 18” radar speed display sign on Norris Canyon Road.
5.2 Yarmouth Way Traffic Calming
PJ summarized the staff report on Yarmouth Way Residential Traffic Calming. She also showed an aerial of the area. In summary, she stated that to address the concerns of the Yarmouth Way residents, staff may initiate the implementation of a signage and striping plan which will include the following:
PJ reported that the signage and striping plan will reduce the road width thus potentially reducing vehicle traveling speed. She stated that this would be implementation of the Phase I program of the Residential Traffic Calming Program, and if needed the area could be revisited for Phase II applications once all Phase I applications have been exhausted.
Robert Klinger, asked why there were no speed bumps installed in 2005 even though it had been proposed. PJ indicated that at the time, the criteria/or justification for installation was not warranted.
Lisa Bobadilla explained that the City has had a speed hump policy in place for several years as part of the Residential Traffic Calming toolkit. Ms. Bobadilla indicated that a post speed survey was initiated to determine the average daily traffic to gauge if the speed humps have been effective. Speed humps are not installed on streets that do not meet the criteria for installation.
Ms. Bobadilla further stated that Yarmouth Way meets the criteria for the striping plan; however, this recommendation simply provides the TAC with one option in order to reduce the speeds along this corridor. In addition, the police department would provide selective enforcement to ensure that this plan is most effective.
Elaine Hall reiterated her concerns on speeding and safety issues citing a car accident that took place which could have been averted. She talked about the recent surveys not being in their favor, however asked that the TAC look beyond the numbers and consider the high population of children on her street. She believes that speed humps on Yarmouth Way and all-way stop sign at both Davona Drive and Tareyton Avenue will alleviate the problem of speeding.
5.3 Dougherty Valley Transit Services
Lisa Bobadilla will give an update on the Dougherty Valley transit service at the next TAC meeting.
5.4 Dougherty Valley Transit Service Shelter Program
Lisa Bobadilla will provide the TAC with the status of contract amendment and priority locations for installations at the next TAC meeting.
6. COMMITTEE MEMBER ITEMS
6.1. Committee Member Items
Lisa Bobadilla talked about the new Residential Traffic Calming Toolkit and brochure and explained the process to the TAC and residents. Lisa also informed residents that the RTC Toolkit will be available on the website within a couple of weeks which residents could download.
6.2 City Council Liaison Items
6.3 Planning Commission Liaison Items
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:00 p.m. The next regular meeting is scheduled for June 21, 2007 at the Planning Conference Room.