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Commission considers traffic calming plan

Newberg government — Proposed plan would be instituted in Newberg neighborhoods


After discussing a traffic calming plan at an April meeting, the Newberg Planning Commission will discuss, officially, the Traffic Safety Commission’s plan at its Nov. 14 meeting.

“This is the second time we’ve had it in front of us. It was mostly just discussed (in April); the planning commission didn’t take any action,” Planning and Building Director Barton Brierley said. “It’s an opportunity to get feedback and basically we will discuss (the plan) and the planning commission can endorse that or make suggestions for changes. But ultimately it is up to the City Council if they want to adopt that.”

The traffic calming plan outlines methods to slow down traffic in neighborhoods.

“It’s a way to evaluate if a neighborhood says there are concerns,” Brierley said, “and decide if traffic calming is appropriate for the area.”

Potential methods include speed bumps, obstruction techniques, signage and speed radar.

But to introduce any of these methods, funding must be approved, which Brierley said is another reason the City Council would have the final say on its implementation.

Typically, community neighborhoods will fund 100 percent of the traffic calming projects unless the city deems certain streets critical, according to the proposal.

“Each street or intersection will be given a score to determine eligibility for city funding according to (a) point system … Proposed TCM project would be eligible for partial city funding when street scoring reaches at least 50 points, with full city funding at 100 points,” according to the proposal.

Points can be obtained from four categories: 85th percentile speed, average daily traffic volume, sidewalks and pedestrian generators. During evaluation, 10 points are given for every mile per hour greater than 5 mph over the posted speed limit, two points for every 100 vehicles; 10 to 20 points for missing sidewalks; 10 points for each school, library, community center, park or playground. Funding is then subsidized based on a percentage of the total cost. For example, 60 points would warrant the city paying 60 percent of the total traffic calming cost up to $6,000. At 100 points, the city will cover 100 percent of the costs up to $10,000.

Brierley said until now, there hasn’t been a specific traffic calming plan in place.

“There are various documents that talk about traffic calming, but this is the first official plan,” he said.

He added that the Traffic Safety Commission has received requests for this type of service in the past, so they wanted something in place they could use in the future.

To view the proposed plan in its entirety, visit bit.ly/17Nqb1T.

The planning commission will meet at 7 p.m. Nov. 14 at the Public Safety Building.




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