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					                                                                        DEPARTMENT OF PLANNING AND
                                                                            COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
                                                                               Transportation Planning

TISC Meeting Notes
Date:          April 14, 2006
By:            Gaye Smith, Staff Assistant
Subject:       March 21, 2006 Trucking Issues Subcommittee Meeting

The meeting was held in the 4th Floor Conference Room (401 Large), City Administration Building,
30 S. Nevada Avenue, and began at 3:01 p.m. Scott Arnold chaired the meeting, and said that since
this was a work session, Subcommittee members would like to work through various issues and take
questions and comments from the audience at the end of the meeting.

In Attendance

CTAB:                           Gene Bray, Don Schley

At Large Members:               Scott Arnold, Vice-Chair; Larry Bagley, Glenn Frank

Trucking Industry Members:      Rich O’Connell, Rick Wright

City Staff:                     Dave Krauth, Principal Traffic Engineer
                                Dick Carlson, Traffic Engineer
                                Gary Herbst, Traffic Technician
                                Gaye Smith, Staff Assistant
                                Officer Chris McCleary, CSPD
                                Beth Hustad and Aaron Moss; Transportation Planning

Old North End Neighborhood: Bruce and Pat Doyle, Kalah Fuller, Mark Nelson, Steve Rodemer

Other:                          Gary Bradley, Chairperson, Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Board
                                Craig Casper, Transportation Director, Pikes Peak Area Council of
                                               Governments (PPACG)
                                Donna Drialo, Take Back Our Neighborhood Streets; ONEN
                                Bill Hethcock, Gazette
                                Beth Kosley, Downtown Partnership
                                John O’Donnell, Surface Transportation Advisory Coalition


Bob Hartwig, Chairperson; Scott Shevock

Citizen Comment
Mark Nelson said that he had read through the February 21 meeting notes, and referred to Craig
Blewitt’s comment (Page 5, last paragraph): “The only street he was aware of that was a minor

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arterial yet on the truck network is Galley Road east of Academy.” Mark pointed out that North
Nevada Avenue between Unitah and Fillmore is a minor arterial and on the truck route network.

Update on County Trucking Issues
Janet Stephens was unable to attend the meeting and said that she will provide an update to TISC at
the April meeting.

Work Session on the Truck Route System
Gaye Smith handed out an information packet on Hazardous Materials Safety and a memo on the
Hazardous Materials Role of the CSFD, provided by Captain Don Hawley. She also distributed a
packet of letters that have been received over the past month to Subcommittee members and the
audience. Citizens’ Transportation Advisory Board members will also be sent the same packet:

    Date      Name               Organization              To:             Subject

                                                                           N. Nevada Truck Route
  02/20/06    R. McKeown         Resident                  TISC            Response to Gazette Article
                                 Take Back Our                             Prepared comments for Feb
  02/21/06    Donna Drialo       Neighborhood Streets      TISC            TISC meeting
  02/24/06    John Madden        Gold Chase Real Estate    TISC            N. Nevada Truck Route
                                                                           N. Nevada Truck Route
                                 Take Back Our             City Council,   Car/semi collisions, Charlotte
  03/01/06    Donna Drialo       Neighborhood Streets      CTAB, TISC      NC truck routes
                                 Take Back Our             City Council,   N. Nevada Truck Route
  03/13/06    Donna Drialo       Neighborhood Streets      CTAB, TISC      Truck route plan proposal

Agreements and Promises Concerning Truck Routes
Craig Blewitt had prepared a memo regarding agreements and promises that have been made to
residents concerning truck routes:

1. Austin Bluffs Parkway (Nevada to Union)
   This roadway was planned through a very extensive public process. Participants included the
   Cragmor Neighborhood, Garden Ranch Neighborhood, and probably other residents in the area.
   The final recommendation was to add two road segments:
            Austin Bluffs Parkway from Academy to Nevada as a 4-lane parkway, and not a truck
             route, between Nevada and Union. (Note that the limitations of four lanes and no truck
             route were not in writing in the final document. However, the two or three people that
             Craig spoke with who were involved in the process remember it that way.)

            Montebello Drive extension from Academy to Nevada as a 6-lane principal arterial and as
             a truck route
   Since that time, UCCS accepted land donations with restrictive covenants, preventing the
   extension of Montebello Drive (or University Parkway) to Nevada Avenue. Austin Bluffs Parkway
   is scheduled to be widened to six lanes from Nevada Avenue to Academy Boulevard with PPRTA

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2. North Nevada Avenue (Uintah to Fillmore)
   In accordance with the approved ITP, the section of Nevada Avenue between Uintah and
   Fillmore will be removed from the truck route network when the City assumes ownership of
   Nevada Avenue from CDOT.

Criteria for Truck Route System Review
Subcommittee members discussed criteria to use for identifying and evaluating potential changes to
the City’s truck route system at the last meeting. The criteria had been grouped into three
categories and were presented at the meeting. Subcommittee members provided comments and
input, and agreed on the following criteria:

Land Use and Truck Route Integration
    Logical network that is limited but provides for efficient movement of freight
    Service to land uses; major origins/destinations
    Efficient and economical truck travel
    Equity of distribution of routes
    Inclusion in the Major Thoroughfare Plan
    Sensitive zones
          - Schools, colleges, universities
          - Hospitals
          - Neighborhoods: Consider driveway, on-street parking
          - Playgrounds, parks

Truck Route System
    Structural adequacy of roadways
         - Pavement type/depth
         - Load-bearing capacity
         - Subsidence
    Connectivity and access to freeways
    System gaps
    Roadways and intersections compatible with truck traffic
         - Look at existing roadway/intersection operations
         - Vertical grades
         - Turning geometrics/radii
         - Number of lanes
         - Lane width
    Safety issues:
         - Accident statistics on road segments
         - Sight distance
         - Traffic volume
    Other fatal flaws
         - Bridge restrictions; e.g., weight
         - Height/width restrictions
         - Underground issues (e.g., mines)

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Truck Criteria
(this group of criteria either deferred or not applicable based on discussions below)
      Size/type
      Weight – logical breaks to GVWR
      Noise
      Time of day restrictions

Discussion of Criteria:

      Criteria are not ordered or weighted at this time

      Time of Day restrictions or a two-tiered system – Either might be difficult to enforce and
       would complicate the truck route system; also creates signage problems.

       Outcome: Dave Krauth suggested that the group wait to see what the system might look
       like and see if there will be a need to add any sensitive facilities to fill in gaps. If so, these
       might be mitigation tools.

      Size/Type of truck – Is a new minimum gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) needed?
       Present 10,000 lbs limit for commercial vehicles was set at least 40 years ago and is no
       longer suitable in many cases; for example, recreational vehicles and even some SUVs
       exceed GVWR but should not have to adhere to truck route system. Officer McCleary said
       that truck drivers can drive and park vehicles over the GVWR if the vehicles are being used
       for personal or recreational use. Such dual purpose trucks only have to follow truck rules
       when being used commercially. Gene Bray noted that raising the GVWR could have the
       unintended consequence of businesses keeping their commercial vehicles under the new
       rating and driving in neighborhoods. Officer McCleary confirmed that there are emergency
       vehicle exemptions; CSPD has a list of revolving tow companies. TISC might want to get
       input from towing industry.

       Outcome: Subcommittee agreed to go with one GVWR at 10,000 lbs; suggestion made
       that wording be “commercial vehicles” over 10,000 GVWR rather than “trucks.”

      Definition of gaps in the truck route system – Subcommittee still needs to define what
       constitutes a gap. Dave Krauth said that gaps could be time, or distance or connectivity.

       Outcome: This will be discussed in more detail at the next meeting.

      Land Use and Truck Route Integration – The objective is for the truck route system to
       provide efficient and economical truck travel, but not at the expense of residents and
       sensitive land-use areas, such as schools and hospitals. Hospital sensitivity relates not only
       to ill or recuperating patients, but to the need for transport of hazardous materials. The
       truck route map developed by staff, overlaid on a 2020 Land Use Map, did not show
       locations of schools or hospitals.

       Outcome: Dave Krauth said that this could be added to the map for the next meeting. He
       will try to identify large medical areas and extended care facilities. Subcommittee members
       were also interested in seeing the location of parks, so a parkland map will be available at
       the next meeting and included on the TISC website with the other maps.

      Safety – A question was raised about the availability of information to show whether adding
       trucks to city streets increases accidents. Dave said staff can try to do some research on

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       this. Donna Drialo provided staff with some of her research from the National Center for
       Statistics & Analysis.

       Outcome: Dick Carlson said that he thought staff could get some information on truck
       safety on Colorado Springs streets. He will report his findings at the next meeting.

Schedule for Truck Route System Review
The schedule for the Truck Route system review was finalized. Traffic Engineering has proposed
publishing an annual change to the truck route network each January 1, so the Subcommittee
developed their schedule around that date as well as the publication date of the annual MacVan Map.

Subcommittee members felt that additional work sessions would need to be scheduled in order to
draft preliminary recommendations in June. They would like to meet with the Citizens’
Transportation Advisory Board to review the preliminary recommendations before holding public
meetings. The schedule was adjusted accordingly:

  Event                                                 Date                 Alternate Date

  Draft preliminary recommendations to CTAB             June 6, 2006         Special Worksession
  Finalize Preliminary Recommendations for Public       June 20, 2006

  Public Input Meetings                                 June-July

  Finalize plan and recommendation                      July 18, 2006        Aug 15 for Sept 5
  to CTAB                                                                    CTAB meeting

  TISC takes to CTAB for vote on recommendation         August 1, 2006       Sept 5 CTAB meeting
  to City Council

  CTAB takes to City Planning Commission (CPC)          August 10, 2006      Sept 7 CPC meeting

  CTAB presents to Council for approval                 September 12, 2006   Sept 26 Council meeting

  MacVan Maps publication deadline                      Oct/November

  Start date for Annual Change to Truck Route           January 1, 2007

Public Input Meetings
Gaye Smith said that at the March 7 CTAB meeting, Chairperson Hartwig had asked for comments
on how Board members thought TISC should handle the public process. Board members suggested
that some neighborhood or regional meetings should be held to get input, and then perhaps one
city-wide meeting could be held. She noted that rather than having the meetings during
Subcommittee meeting times, the public input meetings would be conducted in larger meeting
spaces and in the evening so that more residents could attend.

Citizen Comments
Vice-Chairperson Scott then opened the meeting for citizen comments and input.
      Bruce Doyle said that it does not make sense that TISC is not paying attention to the
       decision that has already been made regarding North Nevada Avenue being removed from
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       the truck route system. Gene Bray replied that the reason staff had been asked to provide
       information on what commitments have been made to neighborhoods regarding trucks was
       so that Subcommittee members could understand what problems might arise with a review
       of the truck route system.
      John O’Donnell noted that the Surface Transportation Advisory Coalition has met with Old
       North End Neighborhood Board representatives on several occasions and has tried to make
       offers to restrict truck traffic to certain hours, and to look at speed limits and enforcement.
       The ONEN Board decided that it did not want to “compromise backwards” and that it would
       let the process go forward.
      Beth Kosley addressed the land use and truck route integration criteria, and suggested that
       the impact of the economics throughout the community as a whole be assessed. She also
       asked that TISC look at Nevada Avenue in its entirety, not just North Nevada Avenue from
       Uintah to Fillmore Street, especially with the downtown plan in process and what is
       happening with the North Nevada Avenue Corridor Improvement Plan.
      Steve Rodemer asked that TISC look at the criteria outlined in the letter the Old North End
       Neighborhood Association sent to the Subcommittee on February 8. The letter proposed the

             Truck routes shall, whenever possible, avoid residential neighborhoods.
             Specifically, truck routes, whenever an appropriate alternative route exists
             within one and one-half miles of a residential street, shall not:
             - go through school zones
             - use streets immediately adjacent to hospitals, schools, colleges,
               playgrounds, or parks
             - use two-lane streets

             Truck routes shall be no closer than two miles apart for at least ninety
             percent of their length.

             “Appropriate alternative routes” include all federal and state highways.

Next Meeting Schedule and Topics
The next meeting of the Trucking Issues Subcommittee will be April 18, 2006 at 3:00 p.m. in the City
Admin Building, 30 S. Nevada Avenue, 4th Floor Conference Room, Suite 401 Large.

Agenda Topics:
Work session for truck route system review
    Define gap in truck route system
    Finalize criteria
    Report on truck safety on Colorado Springs streets
    Schedule additional work sessions

The meeting adjourned at 5:01 p.m.

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