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11-12-1996 LAS CRUCES TRAFFIC SAFETY BOARD MINUTES November 12, 1996 A meeting of the Las Cruces Traffic Safety Board was held on Tuesday, November 12, 1996, at 4:00 p.m. in the Second Floor South Conference Room in the City Office Center, Las Cruces, New Mexico. Those present were: Michael D. Johnson Chairman Dickie Apodaca Member Joel Cano Member Al Dominguez Member George Pearson Member Jim Sayre Member Absent were: Larry Altamirano Vice Chairman Melissa Miller Byrnes Member Jaime Chavez Member Paul Rubino Member Ron Taylor Member The meeting was called to order by the Chairman, Mr. Johnson, at approximately 4:10 p.m. The minutes of the August 13, 1996, meeting were discussed. Mr. George Pearson moved the minutes be approved as published. The motion was seconded by Joel Cano, and motion was carried by a vote of six ayes and no nays. OLD BUSINESS: Discussion was held regarding the Roadrunner Parkway Construction Project at Desert Hills Elementary bus lanes. Mr. Johnson stated that the project is complete and Mr. Joel Cano informed the Board that the Police Department has not received any traffic-related calls. Mr. Joel Cano made the motion to remove this item from the agenda, seconded by Dickie Apodaca, and the motion was carried by a vote of six ayes and no nayes. Discussion was held regarding Picacho Street, west-bound traffic, at the new Judicial Complex. Mr. Apodaca stated that traffic was using the thru-lane as a left-turn lane into the Judicial Building. Mr. Johnson informed the Board that there is no continuous left-turning lane. Mr. Al Dominguez suggested that the New Mexico State Highway and Transportation Department (NMSHTD) might lay down some pavement marking notifying drivers that the lane is not a left- turn lane. It was agreed by Board members to leave this item on the agenda until Al Dominguez has had a chance to look at the situation, seconded by Dickie Apodaca, and the motion was carried by a vote of six ayes and no nayes. Discussion was held regarding the Missouri/Boutz Project. Mr. Johnson stated that this project should be open to traffic by early next week. Mr. Johnson informed the Board that the Traffic Operations Department would soon be laying down the pavement marking tape. (Las Cruces Traffic Safety Board, Minutes for meeting of November 12, 1996, continued) Mr. Joel Cano made a motion to remove this item from the agenda, seconded by Al Dominguez, and the motion was carried by a vote of six ayes and no nayes. NEW BUSINESS: Mr. Pearson informed the Board that the signal at US 70 and Las Alamedas is hard to see as you approach it from the West. Mr. Johnson informed the Board that back plates have been ordered for this signal. Mr. Joel Cano informed the Board that there have traffic accidents at this intersection but mostly were due to drivers error and that the signal is properly posted for the drivers. It was agreed by board members to leave this item on the agenda until the next Board meeting. Mr. Al Dominguez stated that the street lights on the interstate are out. He informed the Board that the Interstate is a State Highway but believes there might be a maintenance agreement between the State and the City of Las Cruces. Michael Johnson stated that he would have the Traffic Operations Department, Street Light crew check the area for malfunctioning street lights. Mr. Joel Cano asked about the intersection on Lookout Ridge for signing. Michael Johnson stated that signs have been installed and the public has, in fact, written letters thanking the City for installing the signs. Mr. Johnson informed the Board that Elks Road is open to traffic. Also, that Lohman and Telshor will probably be re-striped to go along with the future construction on East Lohman. Mr. George Pearson asked Mr. Johnson about the hazardous cargo signing. Al Dominguez informed the Board that the NMSHTD is looking into this. As of last week, he has been told that the NMSHTD does not have hazardous cargo signs installed in the state. It was agreed by board members to leave this item on the agenda until the next Board meeting. The next meeting was scheduled for Tuesday, February 11, 1997, at 4:00 p.m. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at approximately 4:45 p.m. Respectfully, Michael D. Johnson Chairman jl