For Immediate Release – November 16, 2022
Contact: John Theriault – City Engineer
(207) 992-4250 – email@example.com
City Announces Temporary Traffic Demonstration Project at Intersection of State, Forest and Boyd
BANGOR - The City of Bangor’s Engineering Department will be conducting a temporary demonstration project at the signalized intersection of State Street (US Route 2), Forest Avenue, and Boyd Street beginning the week of November 14, 2022 and continuing until the middle of December of this year. The intent of this demonstration project is to evaluate how this intersection will function if the traffic signal is removed and stop sign control is placed at the side streets of Forest Avenue and Boyd Street. For the demonstration project, the traffic signal will be placed into flash throughout the daytime hours.
In reviewing the operation of this traffic signal and the existing side street traffic volumes, the Engineering Department began to question whether traffic signal control is the best mode of operation at this location
Usually for a traffic signal to be installed or to be maintained in place, at least one and preferably two traffic signal warrants within the Manual on Uniform Traffic Control Devices (MUTCD) are required to be satisfied. The Manual (2009 Edition) includes the following nine traffic signal warrants:
Warrant 1 – Eight Hour Vehicular Volume
Warrant 2 – Four Hour Vehicular Volume
Warrant 3 – Peak Hour Volume
Warrant 4 – Pedestrian Volume
Warrant 5 – School Crossing
Warrant 6 – Coordinated Signal System
Warrant 7 – Crash Experience
Warrant 8 – Roadway Network
Warrant 9 – Intersection Near a Grade Crossing (Railroad)
The Engineering Department conducted intersection turning movement counts at the intersection of State Street and Forest Avenue on Wednesday October 5, 2022 from 7:00 AM until 6:30 PM in order to have the necessary data to review the MUTCD Traffic Signal Warrants. Based on the Engineering Department’s review of the traffic data, it appears that the traffic volumes at this location are not high enough to satisfy the traffic signal warrant criteria.
The City of Bangor and the Maine Department of Transportation have funded a project to upgrade all of the traffic signal equipment at the intersection of State Street, Forest Avenue, and Boyd Street. Prior to making this investment into the intersection, the Engineering Department wants to verify that traffic signal operation is the best mode of operation for this location. Should it be determined that the traffic signal is not necessary, pedestrian improvements at the intersection will be considered such as crosswalk bump outs and the installation of a pedestrian activated Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB).
Should you have any questions concerning this demonstration project, please do not hesitate to contact the City of Bangor Engineering Department at 207-992-4250.
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