Saddleback Drive

Working group formed to evaluate solutions

Based on resident inquiries, the Town in early 2015 completed a traffic study on Saddleback Drive and found it qualifies for the Town's Traffic Calming Program in which residents and the Town get together to reduce traffic speed along a residential street. 

In April 2015, the Town hosted a meeting to update residents and give an overview of the process. In May 2015, the Town worked with residents to post yard signs and sent a postcard explaining the signs and the program. The street was studied again in September 2015, and data still showed a need to address traffic speed and volume.

The Town hosted an open house in early March to create a working group to study the issue and come up with possible, physical solutions. 

Speed limit changes
As part of that process, a working group of residents came together to brainstorm solutions for traffic speeds and volumes on Saddleback, Ridgetail and Black Pine drives. In doing so, they also discussed speed limits on all residential streets. Some streets were posted for 15 or 20 mph, while others were at the standard 25 mph.

The working group agreed it would be best to be consistent throughout the neighborhood and with Town Code, which uses a 25 mph speed limit.  

To make the change, Town policy requires a formal written request from both the Woodlands and the Escavara HOAs, which were received in May 2016, and the signs have been changed. 

Saddleback NTCP Study Area
The first step in the traffic-calming process is homework. The Town uses a traffic study to determine the overall speed and vehicle volume along the street. 

Along Saddleback Drive, the 85th percentile speed was 32.7 mph. The maximum number of cars per day during the study was 1,008 cars. To qualify, the 85th percentile speed must be 30 mph or greater and there must be at least 500 cars on the street per day. That means, the street qualified for the program. 

Saddleback Drive Speed Summary
Study period: March 10-16, 2016
Total number of vehicles recorded 5,706
Maximum number of vehicles per day 1,008
Average vehicle speed 28.1 mph
85th percentile speed 32.7 mph

Saddleback Drive Speed Summary 
Study period: Sept. 24-28, 2015
Total number of vehicles recorded 5,007
Maximum number of vehicles per day 1,063
Average vehicle speed 29.6 mph
85th percentile speed 38.3

The Town and residents then used yard signs and radar feedback signs to help make drivers aware of their speeds. In addition, Castle Rock Police used targeted enforcement to try to reduce speeds. Another study was completed in September 2015, and the data had not changed. 

Next steps

Next, the neighborhood will develop a traffic calming plan that may include physical changes, such as speed cushions, center islands, or mini circles. Once they come up with a proposed plan, those along the streets affected will vote on whether to implement the plan. 

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