Olde Town Traffic Calming

Traffic Calming

Background

The City began piloting a traffic calming program in Olde Town in late 2017. Different traffic calming methods were used to help reduce speed and traffic volume in the neighborhood. After an extensive outreach period, using data along with feedback from residents, permanent devices were installed in the Fall of 2018.

At a City Council meeting on Nov. 4, 2019, some Olde Town residents provided testimony, shared questions and expressed concerns regarding the effectiveness of the permanent traffic calming. Staff then compiled a list of the questions and concerns and provided responses on Nov. 8.

During the Feb. 25, 2020 Council Study Session, city staff delivered a presentation on recommended pedestrian safety options. 

Traffic Data

Since the devices were permanently installed in 2018, staff has continued to evaluate traffic in and around the Olde Town neighborhood, as well as collect speed data and volume counts.

Select from the list below to view visualizations and raw data from various locations within Olde Town (last updated Feb. 2020).

4th Place SE

6th Avenue SE

SE Andrews Street

NE Alder Street

SE Bush Street

Alley between Sunset and Alder

2nd Avenue SE

Next Steps 

Our team has identified a variety of potential improvements to continue traffic calming efforts including:

  • Improving the intersection/crossing at Second Avenue Southeast and Southeast Bush Street
  • Pedestrian flags
  • Additional warning/school signage
  • Additional street lighting
  • Changing the signal timing/queuing time on the schools’ campuses

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