Questions and Answers

Bruce F. Quigley, 12.15.21

Question

First thank you for the Zoom meeting last night. A couple of suggestions for future presentations, would be to have the zoom video only focus on the presentation so it fills our screens. This instead of the split screen viewed last night. Another suggestion would be to remind speakers to stand close to the microphone so we can clearly hear them.

After reviewing the "volume schematics" Pg 30 and 31 is there or has there been any data collected for the Rte 1 (Elm St.) / Biddeford Connector intersection? This would provide a complete picture as it relates to the flow of traffic to the pike and/or continuing (in either direction) on Rte 1 vs heading to the Turnpike.

Answer

We apologize for the less than perfect execution of our meeting. This was the city’s first try at a hybrid meeting and we did not realize the issue you identify in terms of the screen split until the meeting was over. Our apologies  We expect to have a better broadcasting system in the Council Chambers by February 2022, so these logistical concerns should be resolved by the next public meeting.

In terms of your question about the Route 1/Biddeford Connector intersection, no we do not expect to collect that data, as that location is not in the study area and not critical for understanding turnpike patterns associated with connections to South Street and Route 111 to the west.

Thanks very much for your interest.

Anthony Curro, 6.03.22

Question

To make this meeting meaningful and productive can we see the data ahead of time so we can review the information that has been developed? Looking at the data ahead of time should lead to more thoughtful questions and a better discussion

On another matter thank you for the estimated daily trips from the proposed new South street development.  I have shared that with our councilor, Liam LaFountain and requested he share that with the planning board prior to their next meeting.  As part of the traffic study you had mentioned that you were looking at impacts of this development.  Will information about the direction of those trips be part of the June meeting?

Answer

Tony, we’ll be posting a report with the detailed data gathered to-date a week before the meeting on the City website. I’ll be sending out an alert once it’s posted. 

Regarding the new development, I believe I have heard that it will require a Traffic Movement Permit from DOT, and that would require filing a prescribed amount/type of data. I would check with your planning board for details and timing on this.

Question

Thank you.  I assume the city will send out a notification that the report data has been published.

With regard to the South St development I have passed your estimate of 1300 trips to my councilor, Liam LaFountain and asked that he forward the information to the planning board. In discussions with Liam I have been advocating for a more collaborative development process with the state. It often seems that the local planning board approves the project and then it gets turned over to the state to deal with the resulting traffic. An approach that looks at traffic and the development in an integrated way throughout the planning and approval process would seem like it would yield a better result.  For example in some parts of the country developments are being approved with limitations on the number of vehicles. In order to make that type of decision traffic planning needs to be integrated into consideration of the development.

Does the Traffic Movement Permit from the DOT look at traffic within a certain distance of the development? Asked another way would the Traffic Movement Permit take into consideration traffic two miles from the development? May street is a main commuting route for travelers accessing the turnpike in order to go to and from work and it is perhaps 2 miles from the proposed development. If the permit only looks at traffic near the development the commuting impact on May street might not be considered in that process. As there isn't much west of that development I think it is a reasonable assumption that most of those 1300 trips will come east along South street and many, if not most, trips will be on May street. The study done by Biddeford PD last summer showed an average of 3050 trips per day on May street. We could easily add +30% to that number with the proposed development.

Biddeford PD is currently looking at traffic on May street; they have a device mounted at the corner of Harvard and May streets. Are you aware of that study and is that data being shared with your group?

Answer

Yes, the city is sharing all the data you have mentioned with us. However, for details of how Traffic Movement Permits work and what the requirements are, I suggest you talk directly to your planning board, or contact MaineDOT. Here is the link to the legal definition and requirements for a Traffic Movement Permit: https://www.mainelegislature.org/legis/statutes/23/title23sec704-A.html