"Similarly, a study of 119 residential traffic circles installed in the city of Seattle between 1991 and 1994 found that reported accidents in those areas declined from 187 before installation to 11 after installation, and injuries declined from 153 to one"
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Read about the the history of traffic circles on N. Wallace and how that plan has changed.
If you look at the traffic circles in terms of reducing or eliminating car accidents to pedestrians and harm to people via car wrecks, clearly the benefits out weigh the costs.
YOUR Participation is crucial! Please come to the meeting, the more voices we have in SUPPORT FOR TRAFFIC CIRCLES the better!
Our 2nd meeting will be Thursday Oct. 22, 2015 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm at City Hall (Commission Room )
The primary focus of the 1st meeting will be to figure out what type of traffic abatement or if any is needed.
Our first order of business? Figure out the main priority for our street:
WALLACE STREET SCHEDULE
Notice to Proceed Completed Topographical survey In progress 1st 2 public meeting 10/1/2015 nd 3 public meeting 10/22/2015 rd Final design submittal 2/1/16 public meeting 12/15/2015 Project bid March 2016 Construction complete Fall 2016
In short in 2008 support failed by one vote but we are grated to enter the Traffic Calming program at the last step which is to just make another vote.
The city did a in dept analysis of our street and came up with the traffic circle plan of adding 2 traffic circles at Fridley and N. Wallace and Davis and N. Wallace.
"Most homebuyers prefer homes on streets with lower traffic volumes and speeds. For this reason homes on cul de sac streets command a price premium and new developments are being built with streets designed to control traffic. Reduced traffic speeds and pedestrian amenities can also make small commercial districts more attractive and accessible to nearby residents. One study found that traffic restraints that reduced traffic volumes on residential streets by several hundred vehicles per day increased house values by an average of 18%. Other studies find similar results."
"In terms of crash reduction, installation of modern roundabouts in place of conventional intersections was the most effective speed control intervention identified. Roundabouts are circular intersections defined by 2 operational and design principles: yield at entry, which requires entering traffic to yield the right of way to vehicles in the circle, and deflection of entering traffic, which causes vehicles to enter at low speed. European studies indicate that, on average, converting conventional intersections to roundabouts can reduce the rate of pedestrian crashes by about 75%"
* From study published by American Journal of Public Health - "A Review of Evidence-Based Traffic Engineering Measures Designed to Reduce Pedestrian–Motor Vehicle Crashes"
New street reconstruction including curbs and driveway aprons and another traffic circle at Cottonwood and N. Wallace.
The city of Bozeman has completed an extensive study of the traffic impacts to the residents of North Wallace. The study revealed that the volume of traffic exceeds the intended street usage. The city has suggested the construction of traffic circles at the intersections of Davis and North Wallace and Fridley and North Wallace as a solution to mitigate traffic volume.
In order to receive a certified ballot from the city on the construction of the traffic circles ACS is required to circulate a Phase 3 Petition letter which will record a home owners preliminary interest in the project. Should 75% of the residence owners deem the project favorably the city will then issue a certified ballot. At that time a residence owner may change their vote either in favor or against. The certified ballot will indicate the exact costs of the project.
Why do we have to pay anything for this? / Why isn't the city paying for it?
Due to 40-60 years of street neglect and insufficient maintenance our street needs to be totally reconstructed. And we are not alone. It would be too costly for the city to do all the streets that need reconstruction so they are asking the property owners to help out to the tune of a city: 85%, home owners 15% split. Pretty good deal.
In return you get new curbs, aprons, some sidewalk, better storm drainage and traffic reduction measures. Not to mention an estimated 18% increase in your property value.