Traffic Signal Warrant Analysis presented for Kelly Lane
A signal and roundabout recommended
In August the City Council approved the hiring of consultant, DKS, to conduct a Traffic Signal Warrant Analysis reviewing the Kelly Lane and Hidden Lake Drive/Jakes Hill Road and the Falcon Pointe Boulevard/Vilamoura Street intersections. On October 8, DKS presented their short and long-term recommendations to City Council to reduce traffic congestion and address safety concerns in the area.
The recommendations include immediate installation of a temporary traffic signal at Kelly Lane and Jakes Hill/Hidden Lake Boulevard and to restrict all turn movements across Kelly Lane at Vilamoura/Falcon Pointe intersection with the use of tubular delineators as vertical markers (pictured). The change would result in no left turns from each direction at the Vilamoura/Falcon Pointe intersection while Phase 2 is designed and constructed. The Design of Phase 3 widening of Kelly Lane will incorporate a permanent signal with mast arms, as the signal would remain at the Hidden Lake Drive/Jakes Hill intersection over the road in the future with construction of Kelly Lane Phase. The long-term recommendation is to consider a design option to replace vertical markers with a roundabout at Kelly Lane and the Vilamoura/Falcon Pointe intersection to include left-turn movements on side streets across Kelly Lane and continue eliminating the conflict points that currently exist.
The study included providing a grade for the measure of frustration experienced by drivers when waiting at each intersection based on seconds of driving delay. Based on the existing conditions, the intersections received grades of C to F based on traffic delays from 30 seconds to 70 seconds per vehicle. The study concluded that 45% of crashes occur between 4 and 7 p.m. and most of the crashes are from right angle turns and results of risky turn movements. Criteria warrants as analyzed were not met for a signal at Kelly Lane and Vilamoura/Falcon Pointe. City staff were asked to return to Council in November with timelines and recommendations. No action was taken on the item.
View the discussion from City Council on replay at www.pflugervilletx.gov/pftv.