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Jeff Pergola
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Username: Jeff_pergola

Post Number: 2
Registered: 07-2003
Posted on Tuesday, April 20, 2004 - 03:14 pm:   

Sunday evening the Fire Department was dispatched to a house in my neighborhood. Upon exiting the scene I witnessed the engine having difficulties navigating between parked cars on either side of the street. There was a van and SUV on one side, and a "dual" rear tire truck and a trailer on the other side. The engine slowed to a crawl and turned on it's side lights and painstakingly navigated between the parked obstacles.

Had this been an emergency (going to the scene rather then from) this could have hindered the firefighters from arriving at the scene. Can anything be done to prevent this in the future?

(Message edited by karinh on April 21, 2004)
 

Karin Herrmann, Asst. to the City Mgr.
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Username: Karinh

Post Number: 98
Registered: 07-2002
Posted on Friday, April 23, 2004 - 08:20 am:   

Due to the fact that your question covers many departments, a response is being coordinated by these departments. Sorry for the delay.

Karin Herrmann
972-335-5551 x134

 

Karin Herrmann, Asst. to the City Mgr.
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Username: Karinh

Post Number: 100
Registered: 07-2002
Posted on Monday, May 03, 2004 - 02:53 pm:   

The Engineering Department is in the process of updating the Engineering Design Standards. One of the items that will be reviewed as part of the update of our standards will be the standard street width for residential areas. This item will be coordinated with the Planning, Engineering, Public Works, and Fire Departments as to the standard width of residential streets. We will be reviewing the access requirements needed for emergency vehicles, parking needs, maintenance, capital costs, and other items as part of this process. We will be reviewing the pros/cons of each street width during this process. For example, typically as roadway widths increase, speed on the streets will also increase. Experience has shown that as residential street cross-sections increase, cars are able to travel at higher speeds which lead to neighborhood speeding complaints. This is similar to the speeding complaints we have received on North County due to the extra pavement width. As a result we will be looking at all aspects of roadway design prior to making a recommendation to the City Council for approval. We would be happy to discuss specific street access issues at your convenience.

Cissy Sylo, P.E.
Director of Engineering Services
972-335-5580 extension 107
 

Mike Smith
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Username: Mike214

Post Number: 41
Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Monday, May 03, 2004 - 04:16 pm:   

The Engineering Design Standards have been in the process of being "updated" for at least 4 years that I know of along with standard construction details for paving and drainage, when are these documents finally going to be completed and presented to council for approval?
 

Curt Balogh, Spec. Asst. to the City Mgr
Board Administrator
Username: Admin

Post Number: 11
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Friday, May 07, 2004 - 10:21 am:   

The updating of engineering design standards is an on-going process in every City. For example, we recently updated the sidewalk ramp details at intersections based on ADA standards. We also are in the process of amending the sidewalk width in residential neighborhoods. We are completing new standards for traffic signals and drainage designs. Cities across the metroplex will improve or modify their standards based on new materials or construction methods as they become available. If there are specific standards you are questioning, I would be happy to meet with you.

Cissy Sylo, P.E.
Director of Engineering Services
972-335-5580 extension 107
 

Mike Smith
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Username: Mike214

Post Number: 42
Registered: 08-2003
Posted on Friday, May 07, 2004 - 12:11 pm:   

When will the City publish a design manual and standards for drainage and paving? Other cities in the metroplex have these publications so that developers, contractors, and engineers know the expectations. When will Frisco do this?
 

Curt Balogh, Spec. Asst. to the City Mgr
Board Administrator
Username: Admin

Post Number: 12
Registered: 02-2003
Posted on Friday, May 07, 2004 - 03:13 pm:   

Mr. Smith,

The Engineering Standards have been updated over the past 4 years, as you mentioned, and will continue to be updated over the upcoming years. We follow national and state engineering standards such as the AASHTO Policies on Geometric Design of Highways and Streets, TxDOT design standards, and the Manual of Uniform Traffic Control Devices. These are common tools used in growing cities. We have been meeting weekly to finalize the drainage design standards over the past several months. We are also coordinating this effort through the Planning Department and the Frisco Developers' Council to reach consensus and avoid conflicting standards. I have set the deadline for the City Engineer to complete the drainage standards by August 1, 2004.

If you would like to discuss this or if there are specific standards you are questioning, I, the City Engineer or any other staff member would be happy to meet with you. Please contact me directly at your convenience.

Cissy Sylo, P.E.
Director of Engineering Services
972-335-5580 extension 107

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