Transportation CommitteeCouncil Present:
January 14, 2011
12:00 – 1:25 p.m.
Chair, Jason Hearn, Ron Lawson
Greg Cuoio, Ken Ahlf, Scott Spence, Scott Egger, Dusty Pierpoint, Troy Woo, Rick Walk, Joe Upton, Martin Hoppe, Pat McGuin, Carol LittenCOUNCILMEMBER LAWSON MOVED TO APPROVE THE AGENDA. COUNCILMEMBER HEARN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.
Intersection at 45th Avenue and Ruddell Road
In response to a fatal traffic accident at the intersection of 45th Avenue and Ruddell Road, several residents of the Crestwood Mobile Home Park recently addressed Council regarding the issue of traffic safety at this location. As a result, staff briefed the Committee on their findings.
Officer Scott Eastman provided an update on the police report following the accident. He stated that a vehicle traveling east on 45th Avenue failed to stop at the intersection at Ruddell Road and crashed through a wooden fence into a mobile home in the Crestwood Mobile Home Park, fatally injuring one of the residents. Since the occupants of the vehicle fled the scene, it has not been determined if alcohol was a factor in the accident.
Scott Egger, Public Works Director, reported that engineering staff analyzed the accident to determine if road design contributed to the cause. Based on collision data, the signage is adequate, the site distance is appropriate, the road meets current design standards, and the collision rate is below the state average. It is staff’s determination that the geometry of the road did not contribute to the fatal accident.
Martin Hoppe, Transportation Manager, stated that Ruddell Road was rebuilt in 1994 as a four lane road with a speed limit of 40 mph. Since 85% of the motorists drive within the range of the speed limit, it is appropriate for this section of Ruddell Road. Martin also remarked that with the opening of Mullen Road, it is anticipated that the volume of traffic traveling on 45th Avenue will be greatly reduced.
Staff listed several options for consideration:
- Install a roundabout, which is not warranted based on criteria established by the federal manual on traffic. The project would also be expensive, requiring right of way acquisition.
- Install center median on Ruddell Road restricting right access onto 45th Avenue and right access into Crestwood Mobile Home Park.
- Relocate access point of Crestwood Mobile Home Park from Ruddell Road to Mullen Road.
- Install a larger flashing stop sign at the intersection of 45th Avenue and Ruddell Road.
- Speed cameras were suggested, but are only allowed in school zones, and would not be in compliance with state law at this intersection.
Other previous accidents in this vicinity were discussed, but were not caused by road design. Citizens have also expressed concern about late night drag racing on Ruddell Road. One option would be to increase the presence of law enforcement officers, although limited police resources would need to be balanced throughout the City.
Committee members agreed to continue this discussion at the next Transportation Committee meeting on February 11. Discussion of Property Acquisition along College Street Corridor
Greg Cuoio, City Manager, presented the Committee with a proposal to purchase a house along the College Street Corridor at the intersection of 25th Avenue where a roundabout will eventually be built. He noted the City has budgeted $500,000 per year to acquire right-of-way along College Street for widening. If the Committee approves the proposal, the home, purchased by the City, would be rented out until construction begins on the College Street Corridor Project.COUNCILMEMBER LAWSON MOVED TO APPROVE STAFF’S RECOMMENDATION TO MOVE FORWARD WITH PURCHASING PROPERTY ALONG THE COLLEGE STREET CORRIDOR AT THE
25TH AVENUE INTERSECTION AS A RIGHT-OF-WAY ACQUISITION FOR A FUTURE IMPROVEMENT OF COLLEGE STREET. COUNCILMEMBER HEARN SECONDED. MOTION CARRIED.