Albert, Merrill, Parker, Warick & Trafford Neighborhood Study
In 2018 the city engineering division began working with residents of Parker Avenue regarding the volume of traffic, speeding and non-residential parking on their street. In the course of reviewing traffic data collected for Parker Avenue, it was determined that cut through traffic was occurring in addition to business parking in the residential area.
In an effort to get a better understanding of traffic in this neighborhood, traffic was remeasured on all five streets simultaneously in the fall of 2018. The data is summarized on the adjacent map.
The map illustrates the areas that were studied in yellow as well as the total vehicles per day (VPD) and vehicle average speeds in each direction. Additionally, the number of estimated daily trips based on the number of homes and apartments is also shown for each street. This number forms a base line to determine how excessive cut through traffic might be.
There are significantly more vehicles traveling these streets than would be expected to be generated by the residents alone based on the collected data. The city has been requested to evaluate options that could reduce or eliminated cut through traffic and speeding. Some available options include:
- Prohibiting turns onto these streets during specific hours
- Installing traffic diverters to prohibit some through traffic
- Installing barriers between the residential and commercial areas along Woodward
- Closing off or re-configuring crossovers on Coolidge
Any traffic restrictions made on one of these five streets could affect traffic on adjacent streets. Every option could have consequences for the residents of the street. Any option selected would require a consensus of the residents of the street in the form of a petition officially requesting the desired change. It should be noted that signage options by themselves would not be a cost for the neighborhood however the cost of barriers could be assessed to the properties along the road.
The city’s citizens traffic committee recommended conducting a workshop with the neighborhood to discuss their concerns and proposed solutions to curb speeding and unwanted traffic in this neighborhood. The traffic committee set aside March 26, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall in Room 315 to hear residents' concerns and go over specific traffic calming options that may be available. The city wanted to address all streets similarly so that a final option and eventual enforcement can be consistently applied.
Discussion at the workshop found most of the attending residents in favor of a partial road closure, which would separate the businesses on Woodward Ave from the residential neighborhoods as shown in the sketch below. Staff proposed setting up a temporary barrier to test this option after the Dream Cruise and when school had resumed.
Testing A Partial Road Closure
Barricades and signage will be installed for a duration of six to eight weeks, currently planned for most of October-November. The city will measure traffic speeds and volumes to evaluate the effect of a partial road closure, and then the barricades will be removed for the winter.
The city invites neighborhood residents to provide feedback about the closures. Please wait a few weeks after the barricade installation before sending comments, as it typically takes time for drivers to adjust to traffic changes. Contact the city by writing a letter, sending an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org, or in person at the January 28, 2020 Citizens Traffic Committee Meeting.