TRANSPORTATION COMMITTEECOUNCIL PRESENT:
SEPTEMBER 10, 2010
12:00 – 12:55 P.M.
Chair, Jason Hearn, Cynthia Pratt, Ron Lawson
Scott Egger, Dusty Pierpoint, Roger Schoessel, Scott Spence, Troy Woo, Rick Walk, Ken Ahlf, Martin Hoppe, Carol Litten COUNCILMEMBER LAWSON MOVED TO APPROVE THE AGENDA. COUNCILMEMBER PRATT SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
MULLEN ROAD UPDATE
Martin Hoppe, Transportation Manager, stated in response to a citizen concern about the design of the curve on the new Mullen Road extension, looking east from Stikes Drive, engineering staff reviewed the design process. Factors that are considered in vertical roadway design include perception-reaction time, braking distance, stopping sight distance, design speed, and vertical curves.
After reviewing the design, staff confirmed that the minimum curve length for this section of Mullen Road is 396 feet, which is a conservative calculation. Scott Egger, Public Works Director, reaffirmed that the road is built to universally accepted standards, and is designed correctly.
Martin stated that additional signage will be posted on Stikes Drive to alert drivers they need to stop at the Mullen Road intersection. Until now, Stikes Drive has been a through street with no stop signs. Residents who will be impacted by this change have been notified. Martin commented that typically, new roads are not used immediately. It could take up to six months, for motorists to change their driving habits, and begin using the new Mullen Road extension.
A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held once the construction project is finished this fall.
CARPENTER ROAD - TRANSPORTATION IMPROVEMENT BOARD GRANT APPLICATION
Roger Schoessel, City Engineer, reported the City has submitted a TIB grant application to the Transportation Policy Board requesting $4 million dollar for the Carpenter Road project. The grant is a competitive process state-wide.
Roger stated the cost estimate for the total project is $9 million. The roadway portion of the total project would cost $7.5 million. The utility portion of the total project would cost $1.5 million. Funding would come from the following sources:
- $4 million from the TIB grant
- The City and County would each pay $1.75 million. The City would use traffic mitigation fees to pay its share.
- $1.5 million for utility work, which includes the water main, sewer main, reclaimed water main and sewer lift station, would be paid from utility funds.
Roger reported the bid would be awarded by Council in the spring of 2011. Construction would be completed in 2013.
Committee members inquired whether the project can move forward if the County does not join with the City in condemnation. Ken Ahlf, City Attorney, stated that County staff is working with a property owner to reach an agreement to move forward. Ken stated the Superior Court ruled that the City does have authority to condemn property outside its city limits for street purposes and therefore enter its Order of Public Use and Necessity. The property owner is attempting to appeal that decision. If the County agrees to join the action, the City’s authority would become a mute point.