Richland has released a new Neighborhood Traffic Safety program (NTS Program) to improve traffic-related safety for neighborhood residents, according to the City of Richland.
The NTS program will provide the installation of traffic calming devices and other safety countermeasures to neighborhoods that apply and get approval.
With this program, residents will be able to request a street or neighborhood to be reviewed for implementation of the NTS program year-round.
Requests received before Feb. 28 of each year will be evaluated and scored for review and possible implementation of the program in the same year.
Process for Neighborhood Traffic Safety Program
Step 1: Submit petition for installation of traffic calming devices
Staff will contact applicant for follow up and potential project area clarification.
Step 2: Education & Enforcement
Staff will provide awareness of issues to neighborhood via HOA, mail or traffic speed feedback digital sign.
Step 3: Accepting Requests into the NTS Program
Requests will be accepted throughout the year, but only those received by the end of February are considered for the current calendar year.
Step 4: Data Collection
Staff will collect traffic statistics and speed data to identify the most appropriate locations.
Step 5: Scoring & Project Advancement
Five criteria will be considered when prioritizing locations. Speed, volume, pedestrian crossing points, lack of sidewalks and collision history.
Step 6: Development of Recommended Treatments for Selected Projects
Staff will evaluate alternative treatments and project locations before meeting with neighbors.
Step 7: Neighborhood Consulation
Staff will meet to educate residents about the various neighborhood traffic safety treatments and discuss recommended treatments by staff.
Step 8: Independant Ballot
Staff will conduct an independant ballot to determine neighborhood support for the final project proposal.
Step 9: Project Development, Budgeting & Project Selection
Staff will develop cost estimates, and rank them by severity score and cumulative budget. Then staff will proceed to design and construction of the selected project(s).
An option for privately funded treatments will also be offered.
More information on the full process of implementation and applications can be found on the City of Richland website. For more information call Richland Public Works Department, 509-942-7500.