A CITIZEN TASK FORCE APPROACH TO NEIGHBORHOOD TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

The Public Works Department for the city of Arcata, California, closed a collector street in 1997 because slope stability problems had developed. Average daily traffic on the street was only 1,700 vehicles per day. However, the closure provided a tranquil cul-de-sac for some residents, while their neighbors saw increased traffic, congestion, and noise. After seven contentious hearings, the city council voted to permanently close the street but recognized the need to mitigate the adverse impacts of closure. To this end, a citizen task force was created to determine what traffic calming measures should be included with a permanent closure. The members of the task force had no concept of traffic calming or traffic engineering. Public Works staff trained them in the 3-E's of traffic management, basic traffic engineering, and traffic calming concepts and methods. The task force was composed of nine members, some with very strong and opposing opinions. However, they were able to break the problems down to size and methodically develop both short-term and long-term solutions. Short-term solutions involved maintenance and low-cost type projects. Long-term solutions were more expensive, involving capital improvement and general plan type projects. This paper documents the process in which this citizen task force was created and trained and the process in which it accomplished its objective.

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  • English

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  • Pagination: 21p

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  • Accession Number: 00770231
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Publication No. CD-006
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Oct 16 1999 12:00AM