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City of High Springs - Traffic Study City of High Springs Traffic Study Sept. 16th, 2003 Public Meeting #2.

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1 City of High Springs - Traffic Study City of High Springs Traffic Study Sept. 16th, 2003 Public Meeting #2

2 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Barry Plath, URS

3 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Thank you! Thanks to all who participated in the survey. Thanks to city hall for supporting this effort. Your feedback has helped guide the direction of the study.

4 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Traffic Survey (Meeting #1) 1) Conflicts at the intersection of Main Street and US 27. 2) Diverting truck traffic around the downtown area. 3) Future extension of Palm Avenue to US ) Widen CR 236 from US 441 to I-75. 5) Conflicts at the intersection of Main Street and US ) Improve sidewalks and bicycle facilities throughout the city. 7) Intersection improvements at Main Street and Poe Springs Rd. 8) Traffic signal at NW 9th Street intersection with US 27. 9) Traffic signal at NW 9th Street and US ) Traffic calming measures on NW 9th Street. 11) Speed reductions through downtown. (please refer to handout provided)

5 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Survey Results #1 Diverting truck traffic around the downtown area. #2 Conflicts at the intersection of Main Street and US 27. No matter how data rated, these are by far #1 and #2. #3 Intersection Improvements at Main Street and CR 340/Poe Springs Rd. #4 Traffic signal at 9th and US 441 #5 Traffic signal at 9th and US 27

6 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Priority Item #1 Diverting truck traffic around the downtown area.

7 City of High Springs - Traffic Study CR 235 CR 232/NW 78th Ave. NW 30th ST NW 142nd AV CR 778/Oak Ridge Rd. CR 340/Poe Springs Rd. COLUMBIA COUNTY S MAIN ST N MAIN ST US 441 SR 47 I-75 US 27 Truck Traffic Routes Truck traffic to/from Suwanee American Cement, Perry, Tallahassee, others D To/from Dollar deliveries north Proposed Wal-Mart site Proposed bottling plant To/from Florida Rock Plant ALACHUIA COUNTY GILCHRIST COUNTY CR 235A

8 City of High Springs - Traffic Study CR 778/Oak Ridge Rd. CR 232/NW 78th Ave. NW 30th ST NW 142nd AV CR 340/Poe Springs Rd. COLUMBIA COUNTY S MAIN ST N MAIN ST US 441 SR 47 I-75 US 27 Goal Reduce Truck Traffic GILCHRIST COUNTY ALACHUIA COUNTY CR 235A CR 235

9 City of High Springs - Traffic Study CR 232/NW 78th Ave. NW 30th ST NW 142nd AV CR 340/Poe Springs Rd. COLUMBIA COUNTY S MAIN ST N MAIN ST US 441 SR 47 I-75 US 27 Creating Alternate Truck Routes Connection between US 27north and US 441 ALACHUIA COUNTY GILCHRIST COUNTY Connection between US 27 south and US 441 Reduce Truck Traffic CR 778/Oak Ridge Rd. CR 235A CR 235

10 City of High Springs - Traffic Study CR 232/NW 78th Ave. NW 30th ST Oak Ridge Road CR 340/ Poe Springs Rd. COUNTY LINE ALACHUA COUNTY COLUMBIA COUNTY S MAIN ST N MAIN ST US 441 US 27 / US 41 SR 26 I-75 US 27 Alternate Truck Routes GILCHRIST COUNTY CR 235A CR 235 Alternate route along Palm Avenue Palm Ave.

11 City of High Springs - Traffic Study GILCHRIST COUNTY CR 232/NW 78th Ave. NW 30th ST Oak Ridge Road COUNTY LINE ALACHUA COUNTY COLUMBIA COUNTY S MAIN ST N MAIN ST US 441 US 27 / US 41 SR 27 SR 26 US 27 Alternate Truck Routes Cannot prohibit trucks on a US or State route Can make alternative route appealing to trucks; - Signing - Traffic calming measures downtown US 27 north of Main St. Average daily truck traffic = 950 trucks (11%) CR 235A CR 235 Palm Ave.

12 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Input on Alternate Truck Route Please give us your feedback regarding the alternate truck routes by filling out the comment cards

13 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Priority Item #2 Conflicts at the intersection of Main Street and US 27.

14 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Main Street & US 27 Intersection may improve with reduction of truck traffic Reducing conflicts at this intersection will require some reconfiguration

15 City of High Springs - Traffic Study GAS STATION STORES CAFE STORES PARKING VACANT GROCERY STORE NORTH US 27 / NW 1st AVE NW 1st AVE US 41 / N. MAIN ST. US 27(41) / S. MAIN ST. 12’ lanes 8’ Parking 18’ Parking 10’ lane These are features at the intersection that can be used to reconfigure the operation of the intersection Utility strips Current Intersection Configuration

16 City of High Springs - Traffic Study GAS STATION STORES CAFE STORES VACANT GROCERY STORE NORTH US 27 / NW 1st AVE NW 1st AVE US 41 / N. MAIN ST. US 27(41) / S. MAIN ST. Move stop bars back / open radii Move stop bars back / open radii Leave parking in place Reconfigure Parking Optimize signal for left turns and longer pedestrian cycle Remove utility strip / remove some parking Remove some parking Add left turn lane Add left turn lane Add left turn lane Texture change for calming effect Option A Configuration

17 City of High Springs - Traffic Study GAS STATION STORES CAFE STORES VACANT NORTH US 27 / NW 1st AVE NW 1st AVE US 41 / N. MAIN ST. US 27(41) / S. MAIN ST. Proposed Parking Area General parking area Parallel on street parking with bulb-outs Option B Configuration

18 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Input on Downtown Intersection Configurations Please give us your feedback regarding the intersection options by filling out the comment cards

19 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Priority Items 3, 4, 5 Intersection improvements 3)CR 340/Poe Springs Rd. & US 27 4)NW 9th St. & US 441 5)NW 9th St. & US 27

20 City of High Springs - Traffic Study MUTCD Warrant Analysis MUTCD - Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices –Adopted by the Department in compliance with Chapter of the Florida Statutes. The MUTCD is the basic guide for traffic signals.

21 City of High Springs - Traffic Study MUTCD Warrant Analysis Warrant 1A - 8-hour Volume –The major street must have 350 vehicles per hour. –The minor street must have 105 vehicles per hour. Warrant 1B - 8-hour Volume –The major street must have 525 vehicles per hour. –The minor street must have 53 vehicles per hour. Warrant hour volume –Used where the minor street volumes experience undue delay Warrant 3 - Peak hour volume –Used where the minor street volumes experience undue delay

22 City of High Springs - Traffic Study MUTCD Warrant Analysis Warrant 4 - Pedestrian Volume –applied where road volumes cause excessive pedestrian delays Warrant 5 - School Crossing –applied at locations heavily used by school children Warrant 6 - Coordinated Signal System –used in coordinated systems to maintain vehicle platooning Warrant 7 - Crash Experience –used where there are high instances of intersection crashes Warrant 8 - Roadway Network –used in instances where both streets are major routes

23 City of High Springs - Traffic Study MUTCD Warrant Analysis “A traffic control signal should not be installed unless an engineering study indicates that installing a traffic control signal will improve the overall safety ond/or operation of the intersection.” -From the MUTCD “Warrants should be viewed as guidelines, not as absolute values. Satisfaction of a warrant is not a guarantee that the device is needed. Because these are minimum requirements, satisfaction of a warrant is not necessarily justification or a mandate for a traffic signal.” - Florida MUTS (Manual on Uniform Traffic Studies) “Engineering judgement should be exercised in making the final determination.” - Florida MUTS

24 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Intersection summary 3)CR 340/Poe Springs Road & US counts near the intersection indicate future potential for study and analysis. Currently operating at acceptable levels of service. 4)NW 9th Street & US 441 FDOT assessment of the intersection shows that there is no significant delay and/or large crash occurrence to warrant a signal at this time although it meets one of the minimum warrants. Currently operating at acceptable levels of service. Southbound right turn lane to be added to enhance operation. 5)NW 9th Street & US 27 FDOT assessment shows that there is no significant delay and/or large crash occurrence to warrant a signal at this time. Currently operating at acceptable levels of service. Actuated flashing signal to be installed to alert US 27 drivers when cross street traffic is present.

25 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Survey Responses A noteworthy item from the survey: Many surveys commented on high vehicle speeds within the city.

26 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Speed Enforcement Laser survey on US 441 near the city limit showed one (1) of every three (3) drivers exceeded the 65 mph speed limit. Recommend local law enforcement act to reduce posted speed limit violations.

27 City of High Springs - Traffic Study NE 1st Ave. US 27 CR 236 US 27 CR 340/Poe Springs Rd. Palm Ave. NW 222 St. US 441 NW 9th St. Angle Left Turn Angle Rear end Left turn Object NW 4th St. SE 9th Ave. Rear End Left Turn Head On Rear End Head On Backed Into Angle Rear End Backed Into 8 2 Angle Rear End Left Turn Ped Other Rear End Other 1 NW 1st St. NE 1 St. 1 1 Other Angle Rear End Sideswipe Rear End Other Downtown intersections with more than one crash per year Crash Summaries

28 City of High Springs - Traffic Study NE 1st Ave. US 27 CR 236 US 27 CR 340/Poe Springs Rd. Palm Ave. NW 222 St. US 441 NW 9th St. NW 4th St. SE 9th Ave. NW 1st St. NE 1 St. Over 60% of crashes were rear ends Possible solutions: Left Turn Lanes Increase Curb Radii 67% of crashes were rear ends Possible solutions: Left Turn Lane Increase Curb Radii Most common crashes were rear ends Possible solutions: Right turn merge, prohibit southbound left turn What about Main?

29 City of High Springs - Traffic Study US 441 Enhancements Meandering sidewalks Meandering sidewalks Enhanced cross-walks Upgraded signal Source: Florida Dept. of Transportation Project will be begin in Spring 2004

30 City of High Springs - Traffic Study US 41/US 27 at CR 232/NW 78th Ave. flashing beacon, add left turn lanes US 441 Resurfacing, traffic signal upgrade, turn lanes 2004 US 441 at CR 236 Winn-Dixie sidewalk & intersection improvement 2004 US 27/NE 1st Ave at Main St./US 41 Upgraded traffic signal US 441 Santa Fe River Bridge Replaced Bridge FDOT Improvements

31 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Overview Alternative truck route sought to give relief to downtown intersection; Downtown intersection modifications may lead to reduced conflicts and increased safety; US 441 and NW 9th Street receiving right turn lane from southbound US 441; US 27 and NW 9th Street receiving actuated flashing signal; and US 441 and Main Street upgrades begin next year

32 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Thank you again! Comment cards available. The Department would like your input regarding alternate truck routes, downtown intersection modifications and other related traffic concerns. Please come to the November meeting for final recommendations.

33 City of High Springs - Traffic Study Contact Information Doreen Joyner-Howard FDOT District Irene Street Jacksonville, FL (904) or (800)


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