If you receive CPNO email blasts, you should know by now that the city's proposing to test a high-profile recommendation of the Candler Park Master Plan.
We'll take up that proposal — regarding the Oakdale-McLendon traffic bottleneck — at Monday's Members' Meeting. Meanwhile, here's more detailed background on the issue:
Our neighborhood's difficulties in resolving Oakdale-McLendon traffic actually spurred CPNO to pursue the Master Plan in 2013. And the plan itself, which members approved in August 2013, included a recommendation to test two changes:
• Replace the traffic signal at Oakdale and McLendon with a four-way stop;
• Eliminate on street parking for 75-100 feet on the east side of Oakdale.
The recommendation went on to say, basically, that if the test worked out well, the city should implement those two changes, along with considering other traffic-calming features. See page 73 in the plan for all the details.
In July, members voted to include the Oakdale-McLendon recommendations among list of priorities devised by the Master Plan Coordinating Committee.
Coordinating Committee Chair Randy Pimsler followed up with city officials, including district transportation engineer Nursef Kedir, who early this month performed a traffic analysis. His conclusions and recommendations are a pretty close as those of Master Plan consultant. He's recommending a test of the four-stop and parking restrictions, which his analysis found would overall be beneficial. One difference is that the no parking zone would extend on the east side of Oakdale from McLendon to Miller Avenue — further than the 100 feet proposed in the Master Plan.
Finally, also consistent with the Master Plan, Kedir recommends that the city "convert the intersection to multi-way stop controlled intersection after 60-day period if stop control found to function acceptable with regard to delay and safety for all users of the intersections." He asked for CPNO and NPU-N feedback before moving ahead with the test.
Randy plans to offer a motion Monday affirming our support for going ahead with the test. I anticipate that if the test does go forward, we'll have another shot at supporting or opposing making the change permanent.