Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program (NTSP)
3rd Street Traffic Calming (2009- )
Prospect Hill Neighbors along West Third Street have expressed a growing concern about the safety and traffic speeds along this stretch of West Third Street. A committee was formed to pursue the 12-step NTSP process of evaluating and implementing new traffic calming efforts. The neighborhood is currently on step 7 of this process that began in 2009.
Meetings will be posted soon. Until then, please plan to attend the regular Neighborhood Meetings on the first Monday of the month.
August Meeting Minutes - Traffic Calming Discussion (8/2/2010)
Neighborhood Traffic Calming Comment Forum
Learn more about the process and ways you can get involved below:
Traffic Calming Committees
The original committee was founded in 2001 in response to traffic concerns on West 3rd Street and got the alternative parking and chicanes put in. Membership in the committee has varied. Russell White was the city engineer and Pat Cole was the City Council member who sponsored the 2001 project. Justin Wykoff, City of Bloomington Manager of Engineering Services is working with the 3rd Street committee now on navigating the NTSP process.
A new neighborhood-wide traffic calming committee was formed in July 2010 to address issues of traffic calming throughout the neighborhood.
View Current Members of the Traffic Committees
Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program NTSP
To maximize neighborhood involvement in improving local traffic conditions, the City of Bloomington Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Committee (BPSC) with assistance from the Public Works, Engineering and Planning Departments has developed a Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program (NTSP) for Bloomington neighborhoods.
Step 8 - Common Council Action
posted March 2, 2012
Final vote is planned for the City Council Meeting on April 4, 2012, 7:30 p.m., City Council Chambers.
“Based on the project evaluation and a positive ballot, City staff members prepare a report and recommendations for the Bicycle and Pedestrian Safety Commission to forward to the Common Council for action. The report outlines the process followed, includes the project findings, and states the reasons for the recommendations.”On February 26, 2012, Bloomington Bike and Pedestrian Committee unanimously approved Prospect Hill’s NTSP application for traffic calming on Third Street to go to City Council. The speed cushions were removed on Tuesday as part of this process. Once City Council approves the project, the speed cushions will be installed permanently with asphalt.No date has been set for the City Council meetings. Read the March 16 comments from the Bike and Ped Commission.
Step 7 - Testing and Evaluation of Traffic Calming Device
posted February 2, 2012
We are currently in Step 7 of the NTSP.
A test of the traffic calming plan may occasionally be required to
determine its effectiveness. If the Engineering Department and BPSC
determine that testing is necessary, temporary traffic calming devices
shall be installed for a period of at least one month.
Following the test period, data will be collected to evaluate how well
the test device has performed in terms of the previously defined
problems and objectives. The evaluation includes the project street
and other streets impacted by the project and is based on
before-and-after speeds and volumes, impacts on emergency and service
vehicles or commercial uses, and other evaluation criteria determined
by the BPSC. If the evaluation criteria are not met to the
satisfaction of the BPSC and City Engineering staff, the traffic plan
may be modified and additional testing conducted. If the test
installation does not meet the project objectives, the request will
need to go back to Step 5 for additional alternatives and neighborhood
If the City Engineer finds that an unforeseen hazard exists, the test
may at any time be revised or discontinued. City Engineering staff
will inform the BPSC and the neighborhood of any actions taken to
modify or terminate a test.
Step 6 Meeting - Jan 3, 2011
Step 6 Discussion at the
Prospect Hill Neighborhood Association Meeting
January 3, 2011 at 6:30 PM
Green Bean Café
Come join us to discuss Step 6 of the Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program.
Step 6. Project Ballot Project ballots will be sent out Mid January containing the plan that has been endorsed by the PHNA and the Neighborhood Traffic Calming Committee. This plan consists of a tree plot next to the Murray’s house on Jackson and 4 speed cushions on Third Street. A majority of the eligible households must respond favorably by ballot. If over 50% of all eligible ballots respond in favor of the project, then the engineering department will install temporary traffic devices which will be tested for effectiveness.
PHNA is pursuing a neighborhood wide reduction of speed limit to 25 mph as well as a stop sign at 4th and Maple St.
Proposed West Third Street cushion location images below (click to view larger): What is a street cushion?
Step 5 Meeting - Dec 6, 2010
Step 5 Meeting:
December 6, 2010 at 5:30 p.m.
Bike & Ped Commission Mtg for West 3rd Street
Traffic Calming Meeting
Step 5 of the NTSP.
Step 5. Preparation of Alternative Designs and Selection of Proposed Plan The Engineering Department and the BPSC will hold an informal work session to prepare alternatives that address the neighborhood problem. The neighborhood is welcome to participate in this workshop to provide input.
The BPSC will assess the problems and needs of the neighborhood and propose solutions based on citizen input and sound engineering principles. Possible solutions and their impacts will be evaluated with consideration given to:
Estimated costs vs. potential gain