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Town of Ennis traffic calming project August - October 2020

Citation

Madsen, Matthew (2020), Town of Ennis traffic calming project August - October 2020, Dryad, Dataset, https://doi.org/10.5061/dryad.d2547d824

Abstract

The Western Transporation Institute in partnership with the Town of Ennis and the Montana Department of Transportation conducted a temporary traffic calming project on Main Street in Ennis, MT.  The project was installed on August 3rd and was removed on October 19th. The traffic calming included the use of curb extensions, road diets, crosswalks, and restriping to simulate a reconstruction project.  The goal of the project was to improve safety for pedestrians along and crossing Main St.  Pre-installation data collection was conducted between July 24th and July 30th and post-installation data collection was conducted between September 3rd and September 8th.  Speed & volume data, pedestrian counts, and driver yielding rates data were all collected before and after the installation of the traffic calming to determine any impact on these indicators.  In addition, a community survey was created in partnership with the Town of Ennis to get feedback from community members and visitors about the project, it's perception, and perceived impact.  

Methods

The Town of Ennis Community Survey was collected via a QR code that was placed at the installation site as well as through a weblink that was shared with the Town of Ennis Commission for distribution.  The weblink was: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/TownOfEnnis.  Data was analyzed using Survey Monkey Analyze Tool.

Speed and volume data was collected utilizing two Metrocount 500 Counters including tubes for roadway installation.  The data was analyzed using Metrocount Traffic Executive Version 5.7 data analysis in partnership with Metrocount Staff.

Pedestrian Counts and Driver Yielding rate data was collected utilizing CountCam2 video collection technology.  Video data was analyzed by MSU ITE students as well as WTI staff utilizing American Planning Association procedures for pedestrian counts and driver yielding rates were analyzed using procedures designed by the City of Milwaukee.

Funding

U.S. Department of Transportation, Award: SURTCOM