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09.E Report Traffic Safety Committee Recommendations 2021-03-02 PISMO BEACH COUNCIL AGENDA REPORT Agenda Item #9.E SUBJECT/TITLE: TRAFFIC SAFETY COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS TO CITY COUNCIL RECOMMENDATION: 1. Adopt a Resolution authorizing the installation of a multi-way stop at the intersection of James Way and Frances Way; 2. Adopt a Resolution authorizing the installation of a red curb on Bay Street, and update the City’s Curb and Striping Atlas; 3. Receive a report on other items considered by the Traffic Safety Committee at its most recent meeting. BACKGROUND: The Traffic Safety Committee (TSC) met on February 11, 2021, and the following summary outlines the results of this meeting. The Public Works Department will implement the Traffic Safety Committee recommendations, unless otherwise directed by the City Council. Item 1 – Multi-Way Stop Request at James Way and Frances Way The TSC reviewed a request from resident to install a multi-way stop at James Way and Francis Way at the existing school crossing intersection. TSC Recommendation: Residents were in attendance, and five spoke at the Traffic Safety Committee meeting. They voiced concerns about being able to cross safely with the traffic volume and speed of vehicles traveling on James Way. These residents used the crosswalk often while walking to the church/preschool on the other side of James Way. The Director of Public Works/City Engineer discussed that installation of a stop sign cannot be used as a traffic calming device but needs to meet Federal Highway Administration Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) warrants. He was able to open the MUTCD online to show the attendees what warrants the stop sign would have to meet. The Police Chief noted that they did not have collision data for this intersection, but that he understood the challenge of crossing a roughly 65-foot-wide roadway. He noted that this was a tough spot to cross from either direction, and thought it would be a good idea to see if this intersection would meet MUTCD warrants. A motion was made to immediately move forward with a study to see if the intersection meets MUTCD warrants. The study has been done and since the meeting it has been determined that the intersection does meet the criteria and that a sign should be installed. Council Agenda 3-2-2021 9.E-1 Motion by Jim Lewis seconded by Jake Miller, to approve the TSC recommendation. Passed: 7/0/0 Ayes: Jim Lewis, Ben Fine, Matt Downing, Jake Miller, Paul Lee, Jorge Garcia, Dave Daguerre Noes: None Absent: None Staff recommends that the City Council approve the TSC’s recommendation by adoption of a Resolution (Attachment 1). An exhibit is provided as Attachment 3. Item 2 – Request for “Dead End,” “Not a Through Street, ” and “No Beach Access” signs at Shell Beach Road and Terrace Avenue The TSC reviewed a request from resident to install “dead end,” “not a through street,” and “no beach access” signs on Shell Beach Road and Terrace Avenue. TSC Recommendation: The Community Development Director noted his concern for sign pollution in the City. When too many signs are installed, drivers become overwhelmed by the number of signs and are not able to focus on the necessary signs. The requesting resident had previously noted that they wanted signage to be similar to those signs placed at the corner of Shell Beach Road and Boeker Avenue. The TSC discussed the differences between Boeker Avenue and Terrace Avenue. Boeker Avenue does not have a bulb-out or turn-around location, the street is narrow, and there was reported property damage from trucks trying to turn around on Boeker Avenue. Terrace Avenue is a wider street and has a large turn-around spot. The Police Chief mentioned the amount of children crossing the street at this intersection. Additional signage could cause vision impairments to drivers. A motion was made to not consider the request for additional signs at this intersection at this time. Motion by Jorge Garcia seconded by Ben Fine, to approve the TSC recommendation. Passed: 7/0/0 Ayes: Jim Lewis, Ben Fine, Matt Downing, Jake Miller, Paul Lee, Jorge Garcia, Dave Daguerre Noes: None Absent: None No action is required by City Council. A representative from the Traffic Safety Committee will contact the resident to provide them with information regarding this item. An exhibit is provided as Attachment 4. Council Agenda 3-2-2021 9.E-2 Item 3 – Bay Street Red Curb The TSC reviewed a request from City staff to install a red curb on Bay Street due to drainage and slope failure. TSC Recommendation: City staff has noticed that this portion of the road is heavily impacted by storms, and has been placing no parking signs in this location when a storm is forecast. The TSC agreed that this request makes sense and moved to stripe the area red and add this portion of red curb to the City’s Curb and Striping Atlas. Motion by Ben Fine seconded by Matt Downing, to approve the TSC recommendation. Passed: 7/0/0 Ayes: Jim Lewis, Ben Fine, Matt Downing, Jake Miller, Paul Lee, Jorge Garcia, Dave Daguerre Noes: None Absent: None Staff recommends that the City Council approve the TSC’s recommendation by adoption of a Resolution (Attachment 2). An exhibit is provided as Attachment 2.A. Item 4 – Traffic Study The TSC reviewed a request from City staff to review Traffic Study. TSC Recommendation: The TSC discussed the recommended speed limit changes noted in the Traffic Study, which include an increased speed limit at Ventana Drive from 30 to 35 miles per hour, a reduced speed limit on 4th Street from 45 to 40 miles per hour, a reduced speed limit on Shell Beach Road from 40 to 35 miles per hour, and a reduced speed limit on Mattie Road from 50 to 45 miles per hour. The TSC chose to defer the recommendation to the City Engineer, given its technical nature. A motion was made to accept the recommendations of the traffic study, except for those in table 2 as shown in the Study, which increase Ventana Drive’s speed limit and will provide a letter to file stating why that increase was not accepted. Motion by Ben Fine seconded by Jake Miller, to approve the TSC recommendation. Passed: 7/0/0 Council Agenda 3-2-2021 9.E-3 Ayes: Jim Lewis, Ben Fine, Matt Downing, Jake Miller, Paul Lee, Jorge Garcia, Dave Daguerre Noes: None Absent: None No action is required by City Council. Item 4 – Traffic Calming Policy The TSC discussed the need for a traffic calming policy or handbook that could be available to the public for common TSC requests. TSC Recommendation: At the February 2, 2021 City Council meeting, the City Council directed that staff provide the Traffic Safety Committee with the opportunity to consider the development of a traffic calming handbook. The TSC believes there should be a “handbook” or policy document with a consistent plan for when and how traffic calming devices are installed. This handbook should enforce the Fire Code, Police Code, and MUTCD. This policy will make available better parameters for the public and the TSC. There should be a frequently asked questions portion to the handbook that covers common requests the TSC receives. It was discussed that the TSC would like to review policies from other cities and potential traffic calming policy options at the next regularly scheduled meeting in May of 2021. No action is required by City Council. Conclusion and Recommendation Staff recommends that the Council adopt the Resolutions provided as Attachments 1 and 2. The Public Works Department will implement the other Traffic Safety Committee recommendations, unless otherwise directed by the City Council. FISCAL IMPACT: There is no fiscal impact associated with receiving this report or implementing the Committee’s recommendations. ALTERNATIVES: 1. Provide alternative direction to staff regarding the above recommendations. ATTACHMENTS: 1. Resolution: Authorizing the installation of a multi-way stop at the intersection of James Way and Francis Way should staff find that the intersection meet MUTCD warrants 2. Resolution: Authorizing the installation of a red curb on Bay Street, and update the City’s Curb and Striping Atlas 2.A. Exhibit A to Resolution: Bay Street Exhibit 3. James Way and Frances Way Exhibit Council Agenda 3-2-2021 9.E-4 4. Shell Beach Road and Terrace Avenue Exhibit Prepared by: Meeting Date: March 2, 2021 Madeline Kacsinta, Engineering Technician Submitted by: Benjamin A. Fine, P.E., Director of Public Works/City Engineer City Manager Approval: Council Agenda 3-2-2021 9.E-5 RESOLUTION NO. R-2021-XXX A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PISMO BEACH, CALIFORNIA AUTHORIZING THE INSTALLATION OF A MULTI-WAY STOP AT THE INTERSECTION OF JAMES WAY AND FRANCES WAY WHEREAS, James Way is a wide street with a school crossing at the intersection of James Way and Frances Way; and WHEREAS, residents often use the crosswalk to get to the preschool/church located on the other side of James Way; and WHEREAS, vehicles do not have the best line of sight from either direction; and WHEREAS, staff has determined that the Federal Highway Administration Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) warrants a multi-way stop at this intersection. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Pismo Beach hereby authorizes the installation of a multi-way stop at the intersection of James Way and Frances Way. UPON MOTION OF Council Member , seconded by Council Member , the foregoing resolution was adopted by the City Council of the City of Pismo Beach this 2nd day of March 2021, by the following vote: AYES: NOES: ABSENT: ABSTAIN: RECUSED: Approved: Attest: ________________________ ________________________ Ed Waage, Mayor Erica Inderlied, City Clerk Attachment 1 Council Agenda 3-2-2021 9.E-6 RESOLUTION NO. R-2021-XXX A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF PISMO BEACH, CALIFORNIA AUTHORIZING THE INSTALLATION OF A RED CURB ON BAY STREET, AND UPDATE TO THE CITY’S CURB AND STRIPING ATLAS WHEREAS, Bay Street has experienced some drainage and slope failure; and WHEREAS, City staff often places “no parking” signs in this location when large storm events are forecast; and WHEREAS, City staff is concerned that a vehicle parked in this location may cause more strain on the slope. NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED that the City Council of the City of Pismo Beach hereby authorizes the installation of a red curb on Bay Street, (as depicted in Exhibit A) and an update to the City’s Curb and Striping Atlas to reflect the change. UPON MOTION OF Council Member , seconded by Council Member , the foregoing resolution was adopted by the City Council of the City of Pismo Beach this 2nd day of March 2021, by the following vote: AYES: NOES: ABSENT: ABSTAIN: RECUSED: Approved: Attest: ________________________ ________________________ Ed Waage, Mayor Erica Inderlied, City Clerk Attachment 2 Council Agenda 3-2-2021 9.E-7 Bay Street Proposed Red Curb ϯͬϬϮ/2021 1 1 Attachment 2.A Council Agenda 3-2-2021 9.E-8 James Way & FrancĞs Way Existing Conditions ϯ/ϬϮ/2021 11 Attachment 3 Council Agenda 3-2-2021 9.E-9 Terrace and Shoreline Existing Conditions ϯͬϬϮ/2021 1 1 Attachment 4 Council Agenda 3-2-2021 9.E-10