Traffic Light 2014
Construction updates for 8-26 through 9-1:
- Expect the one lane traffic on Main Street with flaggers directing traffic to continue.
- Be aware that there as construction continues, including construction of trenches in the roadways, there will be even more construction activity taking place which will likely result in more traffic congestion.
- The concrete bases that will hold up the traffic signals will be constructed this week (the traffic signal poles will not yet be installed).
- Light poles for the new street lighting will be installed on both sides of Highway 31 (West Center Street).
- This week's construction is expected to wrap up by 7 p.m. on Friday, and there will not be any construction for Labor Day weekend - no construction Saturday, Sunday, or Monday.
- Construction will resume 7 a.m. on Tuesday, September 2nd. Please plan accordingly becasue this is also the first day of school!
- The week after Labor Day asphalt work will begin.
- The construction contractors encourage locals to navigate around the Main Street and Center Street intersection while passing through town using side streets, however, please continue to support our local businesses during construction!
The official start date for construction of the traffic light at Main and Center and the improvements to West Center Street (sewer, sidewalk, curb, gutter and street trees) is Monday, August 18th. The Idaho Department of Transportation gave a "start date window" of August 4th through August 18th and we are grateful that the contractor, HK Contractors, was able to schedule the latest date possible in an effort to minimize impacts to businesses in the summer season.
Construction crews will be working 7 days a week from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. for 46 days straight. The project should be complete by Thursday, October 2nd
During the construction period there will be a weekly construction update meeting, open to the public, every Tuesday at 11:00 a.m. in City Hall. HK Contractors will lead the meetings and answer any questions you may have. The City of Victor will also post construction updates to our website, Facebook, and in e-mail newsletters.
Work scheduled for the 1st week, Monday, August 18th through Sunday, August 24th, includes:
- Removal of large pine trees in between Big Hole BBQ and Victor Valley Market that are adjacent to the power lines
- Installation of storm drains on Center Street
- Set up of traffic control
Center Street will not be shut down during the project; however, traffic lanes will be adjusted as needed to accommodate the construction work.
As a reminder, or clarification: this is a project of the Idaho Transportation Department, designed with input from the City of Victor and the public.
As the 18th of August approaches reminders of the construction start date, contact information for ITD and HK Construction project managers, and any new project related information received will be posted to the city website, to the City of Victor Facebook page, and in e-mail newsletters.
Since the City of Victor is not managing the project we will facilitate public outreach and sharing of project related information, but it is the Idaho Transportation Department that will be the point of contact for questions and concerns as ITD is the decision maker in this project. However, as always, citizens are welcome to voice concerns and opinions to the Mayor and Council.
- City of Victor
Click here to view a .pdf of the final intersection design. Construction is slated to begin August 2014 and finish October 2014.
CITY OF VICTOR
March 29, 2013
VICTOR MAIN STREET INTERSECTION TRAFFIC LIGHT
On Thursday, March 28, 2013, Mayor Smith and the City of Victor Staff met with District 6 of the Idaho Transportation Department (ITD) to discuss the current layout for the Highway 31 and 33 Intersection. The meeting was very productive and well received by the ITD. Blake Rindlisbacher, the District Engineer for the ITD, agreed on the proposed schedule that was presented by the City to engage the public and to have City Council make a decision on a proposed layout. He also expressed his view that he appreciated the City and the open lines of communication on this project. He then emphasized the time crunch that the ITD is in to execute all of the necessary coordination and engineering design to produce a shovel ready project and maintain the funding by September. It was made clear that after April 25th that no further layout changes would be considered. Mayor Smith and staff in turn expressed the City’s appreciation for the consideration and made a commitment to produce a workable solution in the time allotted. It was agreed that if the City would help with the utility coordination and with the overall design to compensate for the time lost in order to allow the City to execute the public outreach plan. The following is the schedule and process that the City Council approved on March 27th in order to reach out to the public and to come to a conclusion on the layout of the intersection.
VICTOR PUBLIC OUTREACH – MAIN STREET INTERSECTION LAYOUT
On Wednesday, April 10, 2013, the Victor City Council and Planning and Zoning Commission met at City Hall in the first of a series of public meetings to discuss the design of the Main Street and Center Street Intersection. The intersection will undergo a reconstruction as part of a traffic light project through the Idaho Transportation Department which is scheduled to take place in the summer of 2014. The intent of the meeting was to gather the different design proposals for the intersection and to refine them from a technical and stakeholders perspective. The results of the meeting included agreement on the Criteria for Design Decision along with two overall layouts that will be presented to the public at the information centers and public meetings.
Both layouts reflect bulbouts and are designed to be multi-modal. The street layout and configuration are the same between the two alternatives on Center Street but differ on Main Street. The difference between the two lies in the parking and lane configuration on Main Street. Proposed Design A provides for more parking spaces by using reverse angle parking up to the intersection by combining the straight and right turn movements as well as merging the bike lane. Proposed Design B provides an isolated right turn lane which crosses the maintained straight movement bike lane prior to the traffic light. This configuration also reflects parallel parking next to the right turn lane. The difference between the parking spaces that are provided is roughly half for parallel parking versus the reverse angle.
Design Component and reasoning for inclusion in the design:
Bulbouts – A curb extension which narrows the roadway at an intersection and extends the sidewalk.
- Increased pedestrian safety by reducing the crossing distance and time of pedestrian exposure to vehicular traffic.
- Reduced vehicular speed by creating a physical traffic calming measure. Motorists perceive more friction by the narrowed roadway width thus causing them to slow down.
- Creates a delineated and protected area for parking.
- Aesthetically defines the intersection.
- Urban sidewalks should be of sufficient width to accommodate multiple pedestrian passages.
- Provides space for streetscape including lighting, trees, plantings, etc.
- Provides space for pedestrian interaction with downtown buildings and store fronts.
- Urban sidewalk widths range from 14 to 18 feet.
- The business owners were consulted and requested maximum street side parking capacity.
- Maximize parking availability for the adjacent businesses. Reverse angle provides for twice as many spaces as parallel.
- The depth of the reverse angle parking space contributes to a layout that allows for a standard size urban sidewalk. Parallel parking would require an additional 10 feet of space on each side of the roadway to be placed into sidewalk or a median strip.
- ITD would not allow front angle parking thus leaving the choices to parallel versus reverse angle.
- The possible lane configurations were determined by the turning movements recorded by the ITD.
- Bicycle lanes were included to meet multi-modal criteria as well as to consume space and provide for a setup area for the parking.
The City is now moving into the next stage of the Public Outreach Process which is to present the different design options to the public and to get their feedback on the layouts that are presented. The remaining schedule for the process is listed below along with the methods for contacting the council and staff. For convenience the City has placed comment boxes at the information centers for those who cannot make the meetings and do not wish to send their comments via email or phone.
The following are the Criteria that will be used by the City Council in making the decision on the intersection:
Criteria for Design Decision (Not in any particular order.):
- Traffic Movement & Safety (Traffic calming, safe user interaction, etc…)
- AASHTO/ITD Compliant (Needs to meet the specifications acceptable to the ITD)
- Muti-Modal (Friendly for all roadway users Pedestrians, Motorists, Cyclists, etc…)
- Cost (Limited funds available from ITD, Sustainable for Maintenance, etc…)
- Interfaces with Downtown Activity (Maximize Parking for Business, Urban Design, etc…)
- Consume Space (132’ Right of Way)
Wednesday, April 17th at 6 P.M. – Location, Pierre’s Playhouse - First Public Outreach Meetings: Hold a public outreach meeting by using a modified Envision Victor approach. The intent of these meetings is to present the different design options to the public and to get their feedback on the layouts that are presented. The City Staff will facilitate this meeting by using the visual presentations along with touch pad voting. We will also reach out to the Citizens who cannot make this meeting via the City website and information centers at the Library and City Buildings. April 20th will be the last day that the City will accept public comments on the proposed layouts.
Saturday, April 20th at 10 A.M.-Location, Pierre’s Playhouse - Second Public Outreach Meetings: Same as previous public outreach meeting.
April 22 at 7 P.M. –Location, City Hall - Special Council Meeting with P&Z: The intent of this meeting is to have the decision makers review the feedback from the public outreach efforts, to deliberate on the designs, and to make a decision on the overall layout that they would like to be taken back to the Idaho Transportation Department.
April 24 at 7 P.M. - Regular City Council Meeting: After all of the final revisions have been made as directed by the Council during the previous meeting the final layout will be presented to City Council for their final approval.
April 25 - Deliver Layout to ITD: Staff and Mayor will meet with the ITD to present the proposed layout.
The City of Victor would like to encourage any comments or questions to be directed to City Staff or Councilmen locally. City Staff can be contacted at City Hall (208) 787-2940. The Victor City Council can be contacted directly by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, please visit our website at www.victorcityidaho.com for updates and links to the City’s Facebook page. Please spread the word, the City would like to hear everyone’s opinion on the traffic light layout. As we move forward with this process we would ask for each of you to help us to bridge the gaps that exist between us in our community and to help us to collectively work together to make this special place that we all enjoy even better.
Robert M. Heuseveldt, P.E., CFM
Administrator-Engineer-Public Works Director
City of Victor
P.O. Box 122-32 Elm Street-Victor, ID 83455
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Proposed Street Design A
Proposed Street Design B