City of Moline Traffic Engineering Committee met August 1
City of Moline Traffic Engineering Committee met August 1.
Here is the minutes as provided by the committee:
1. Approval of minutes for the Traffic Engineering Committee meeting of July 11,
2017. Motion to approve minutes by Christ, seconded by Klauer. Motion carried
2. Request to prohibit parking on 53rd Street from 7th Avenue to 11th Avenue C.
Committee discussed that the street is primarily local traffic with no issues of this
kind being reported in the past. Hinton stated that the street is narrower than our
standard, but having to wait here and there for oncoming traffic due to residential
parking isn’t out of the norm. Sergeant Pickens explained that this area has had 13
reported accidents in the last five years, these accidents happened at various times of
day and night with no connection to one specific issue. Hinton questioned if the
accidents where related to on street parking. Sergeant Pickens stated that some
accidents where related to on street parking; however none of the accidents were out
of the norm from any other street with residential parking. Committee discussed the
issue of possibly solving one problem and creating another by restricting residential
parking on this street. Sergeant Pickens motioned to deny the request to prohibit
parking on 53rd St. from 7th Avenue to 11th Avenue C, seconded by Klauer. Motion
3. Request to apply pavement markings and stop bar at the intersection of 31st
Avenue Court and 26th Street. Hinton explained that he did observe the area and
didn’t notice any issues with traffic on 26th Street. Committee discussed that
residential streets do not receive striping and this area would be a rather unusual case.
Sergeant Pickens added that there are currently not any reports of accidents in this
area. Committee discussed the lack of a stop sign at this intersection and concern of
poor visibility of a stop sign due to bushes in the area. Installing a stop sign would
result in the placement being further back from where the stop bar is suggested.
Christ motioned to deny the request for pavement marking and stop bar at the
intersection of 31st Avenue Court and 26th Street, seconded by Sergeant Pickens.
Motioned carried unanimously.
4. Other: Request to install speed limit signs near the entrance of Prospect Park on
35th Avenue. Committee discussed that 35th Avenue is narrow just as 16th Street
Place is which is currently marked at 20 mph. Sergeant Pickens stated that the speed
limit on 16th Street Place is more than likely due to the Music Guild and not
necessarily the width of the Street. Committee further discussed that the issue isn’t
the installment of a speed limit sign it’s the request for a 20 mph speed limit as all
residential areas are 30 mph. It’s not possible to only mark an area of 35th Avenue at
20 mph as the entire street would have to stay consistent with the same speed limit.
Sergeant Pickens suggested placing a speed sign in order to track current vehicle
speeds in this area; however the sign would not be available for at least two to three
weeks. Christ motioned to deny the request for a 20mph speed limit sign with the
installment of 30mph speed limit signs on 35th Avenue, seconded by Sergeant
Pickens. Motion carried unanimously.
5. Other. Hinton presented an issue with failure to yield at an unmarked intersection on
Valley View Drive. Hinton explained that the issue is with traffic entering and
exiting private parking lots onto Valley View Drive. Vehicles should be yielding to
oncoming traffic on Valley View Drive when entering and exiting parking lots;
however due to the layout of the area there has been a lot of confusion as to who has
the right-of-way. The main issue is with vehicles heading northbound on Valley
View Drive continuing to head straight onto a private parking lot without yielding to
oncoming traffic heading south bound from the east on Valley View Drive.
Committee discussed making this area a three-way stop or placing a yield sign for
northbound traffic on Valley View Drive in order to warn that oncoming traffic has
the right-of-way. Christ suggested that we refer to engineering in order to know how
the area should be properly signed. Hinton stated that a stop sign should be placed at
the entrance/exit of parking lots; vehicles by law should be stopping when exiting a
parking lot. Klauer stated that making this area a three-way stop would be best and
result in less confusion. Hinton added that we are not allowed to place signs on
private property. Klauer motioned to make this area a three-way stop with making a
suggestion to property owner of parking lot for placement of a stop sign at the
entrance/exit of the property, seconded by Christ. Motion carried unanimously.
Motion to adjourn by Hinton, seconded by Sergeant Pickens. Motion carried
unanimously. Meeting adjourned at 2:02 p.m