Presentation on theme: "1/15 Collaboration and Vision: The Seaside Transportation System Plan."— Presentation transcript:
1/15 Collaboration and Vision: The Seaside Transportation System Plan
2/15 For decades the City of Seaside and ODOT have struggled with how to address traffic congestion on Highway 101, often resulting in impasse and strained relationships within the local community and between the community and the state. The Setting
3/15 The transportation debate came to a head in 2005, when the highway construction project known as Pac-Dooley was voted down by the Seaside Community More than half of those who voted felt that the Pac-Dooley project was too big of a fix for their small town and would negatively impact businesses The Setting
4/15 The Setting The project has been among the most contentious issues in Seaside for years…
5/15 Early one-on-one meetings with community and agency leaders revealed minimal trust in the community where ODOT was concerned and no clear consensus about how best to address the ongoing problem Getting Started
6/15 Stakeholder Feedback Community input doesnt matter. ODOT and the City dont talk with each other. I get conflicting messages depending on who I talk to. The City needs to be part of the solution too.
7/15 A Foundation to Work From The team agreed to some key principles: Talk straight with each other and the community about all the tough issues Create a transparent process - sharing every step (regardless of scale) of the work Post everything on the website and update it weekly through blog-like format, sharing exactly what the team did that past week Enlist the community to help solve the problems Ask community leaders for guidance along the way
8/15 Working Collaboratively The City and ODOT agreed to start talking with the community together And in the process the agencies began to listen and understand each other too
9/15 Early TSP work showed that: –traffic conditions on US 101 would continue to deteriorate, particularly on sunny summer weekends –addressing the problem to meet Oregon Highway Plan mobility standards would have required widening the existing highway – one reason why Pac-Dooley was voted down –Some community members continued to advocate for a bypass – a big ticket project on the table for decades Getting Started
10/15 The natural and built environment limits improvement options in Seaside Getting Started
11/15 A Partnership is Formed The team first worked on common ground – the easy parts of the TSP Building on this foundation, Seaside asked ODOT to be flexible about assessing the US 101 traffic conditions, especially the seasonal traffic problem, with hope that looking at traffic in a new way might result in a new set of solutions.
12/15 A Partnership is Formed The team first worked on common ground – the easy parts of the TSP – mostly on the local system Building on this foundation, Seaside asked ODOT to be flexible about assessing the US 101 traffic conditions, especially the seasonal traffic problem, and established their limits for the size of US 101 ODOT agreed to explore a US 101 future with these limitations, with the understanding that doing so would require: –aggressive facility management –acceptance of lower highway performance –high commitment to local system improvements
13/15 Future Shock Analysis revealed that traffic conditions will deteriorate significantly if no improvements are made through 2030, resulting in full failure using conventional analysis measure and methods
14/15 Where is There Flexibility? In Seaside, emergency preparedness is of special concern Pedestrian and bicycle projects serve both recreational and emergency response Better east-west connections on city streets also help local residents making shorter trips
15/15 ODOT explored alternative analysis methods and mobility standards: –assessed Average Annual Traffic Volumes instead of 30 th highest hour to avoid seasonal traffic demands –continued to use Volume to Capacity (V/C) operational analysis, but were not constrained by existing OHP or HDM mobility standards –developed a method to assess multiple hours of at capacity operations as a means to set alternative standards –Considered design deviations to minimize potential impacts to properties adjacent to US 101 Where is There Flexibility?
16/15 New Solutions Emerge A smaller highway footprint through town and: Improving the local street network Investing in bicycle, pedestrian, and transit infrastructure Structuring land use guidelines on the highway to encourage walking Access management
17/15 New Solutions Emerge TSP solution recommendations are based on existing adopted land use plan Solutions deemed feasible are associated with funding from multiple sources, generally modest, and incapable of meeting existing mobility standards Larger solutions on the state highway system are explicitly defined by ODOT as not reasonably likely to be constructed during the planning horizon The bypass is acknowledged as a locally desired project, but the obstacles to its implementation are clearly described
18/15 ODOT agreed to recommend alternative mobility standards based on average, not peak summer traffic if the City: –worked to meet Oregon Transportation Plan goals –worked to to improve alternative modes –improved the local street network –supported facility management on US 101 to improve safety under the more congestion conditions Letters of support issued by the City and ODOT New Solutions Emerge
23/15 New Solutions Emerge A new perspective on expected highway performance TABLE 6.1 Alternate Mobility Standards for 2030 Average Annual Weekday in Seaside IntersectionCurrent OHP Mobility Standard Proposed Mobility Standard Future (2030) Projected Average Annual Conditions* Expected Duration of Delay US 101 / Lewis and Clark Road0.801.01.102 hours (3-5 pm) US 101 / 12 th Avenue0.851.01.051 hour (4-5 pm) US 101 /Broadway0.851.01.103 hours (3-6 pm) US 101 / Avenue U0.851.00.95<1 hour (does not exceed 1.0) * Future (2030) projected operations assume the construction of several improvements on both the local and state system consistent with TSP recommendations
24/15 Partnership in Practice Trust between agency partners was strengthened by talking through difficult topics: How does the plan address the desire for a highway bypass? And how do we discuss this with the community? What projects are needed, but we cant afford? What do we do about it? How do we reflect commitments and agreements in code language and policy changes
25/15 Success Seaside was successful because: Partners agreed to listen to each other and be creative about how to address each others concerns Discussion was honest and transparent The team worked collaboratively to problem solve everything they could The community identified problems and offered solutions at every step in the process