On August 22, 2013, Representative Deborah Hudson convened the initial meeting between DelDot and the CCA. All invited participants were members in good standing of the CCA.
The meeting was a result of issues raised at the CCA annual meeting and the purpose was to begin to organize and narrow the focus on the most important issues concerning vehicle and pedestrian safety in the village.
Following is an outline of the subjects discussed;
1. Sign clutter – The group expressed concern regarding the number of signs and that these were very distracting and too numerous to read. There were 24 signs identified between the gateway islands (7/10’s of a mile) that are not seen in other similar communities.
-a. The group will be provided the DelDot sign clutter plan for further review.
2. Enforcement – The group expressed concerns regarding enforcement of the speeding and pedestrians crossing at locations other than the marked crosswalks.
-a. DelDot will discuss enforcement concerns with the Delaware State Police and invite someone from the state Police to the next meeting.
3. Reduction of speed limit – The group discussed the possibility of reducing the speed limit. DelDot noted that previous studies implied that the speed limit was within the tolerance of the formula used to determine a safe speed. DelDot also noted that the primary cause of the accidents in the village was not speed related.
4. Crosswalks – The group discussed the need for two additional crosswalks; one at each end of the village. During this discussion it was noted that in Delaware, pedestrians have the right of way in crosswalks but should us caution at all times.
-a. DelDot will evaluate the request for two additional crosswalks.
5. Crosswalk lighting – The group requested additional lighting at all crosswalks. In pavement crosswalk lighting was discussed.
-a. DelDot will research newer technologies related to in-pavement lights
6. Restricted visibility – The group discussed several concerns with the intersections within the village. DelDot was presented with a signed citizen’s request (285 signatures) for a traffic light at Twaddell Mill / Owls Nest roads and Rte. 52 and all the residents of Valley Way presented a request to have visibility improved at their exit.
-a. Visibility issues will be studied and will be discussed at the next meeting. DelDot made some observations at the Twaddell Mill / Owls Nest road & Rte. 52 intersection and mentioned some actions that could be done immediately.
7. Road stampings at the gateways – DelDot said a simulated brick design will be reapplied at those locations.
8. Intersection control at the three major intersections – The intersections with Rte. 52 are Center Meeting Road, Twaddell Mill / Owls Nest Roads and Snuff Mill Road.
-a. DelDot will perform signal justification studies.
9. Roadway narrowing – The group discussed concerns with the roadway being narrowed to accommodate the street scape. Concerns were voiced with postal delivery, emergency vehicle response time and police response time because there are no longer road shoulders in the village.
-a. DelDot commented that roadway widening would raise more concerns with speed.
10. Truck traffic – The group raised concerns about increased truck traffic and speed. It was noted that tractor trailers carrying trash drive through the village with their loads not covered. Restricting trucks was also discussed. DelDot noted that Rte. 52 is part of the National Highway System and truck traffic is expected.
-a. DelDot will conduct vehicle classification counts to determine the amount of truck traffic and types of trucks within the traffic steam through the village.
-b. DelDot will make a request to the Delaware State Police for additional truck enforcement.
11. Other recommendations presented by DelDot:
-a. Speed reduction pavement marking in appropriate areas
-b. Longitudinal rumble strips (shallow to prevent ambient noise)
Again, this is an outline of the meeting. There was considerable discussion in much more detail on all items above.
I want to thank Representative Deborah Hudson for facilitating this meeting; Senator Greg Lavelle who had a representative in attendance and the representatives from DelDot for making this meeting possible. I also want to thank our host Pam Witsil and Witsil realtors for making their facility available for the meeting.
Once everyone has done their homework another meeting of this group will be held; probably sometime in October.
It is my hope that once we feel we have a package of credible information assembled, we will hold a community meeting to present it.
Any additional worthwhile information will be posted on the CCA website at www.centreville.info