Median Plantings

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POLICY STATEMENT 174
MEDIAN PLANTINGS

Prepared by: Scott Hecht, Public Works Director

Adopted by Council:  10/16/14

Effective:  10/16/14

Purpose

To adopt an official policy pertaining to the installation of median plantings on Town of Cary and NCDOT roads located within the Town limits or its ETJ. This will allow for a systematic process that staff can follow to prioritize median planting projects. 

Coverage

This policy, upon adoption by the Town Council, shall be applicable to all medians until such time the policy statement is altered, modified, or rescinded by the Town Council.  This policy does not address median maintenance service levels or responsibilities.

Policy

The Cary Town Council hereby establishes the following policy to ensure that median plantings are done in a priority manner.

A.  Citizens may submit requests for medians to be planted.  These requests will be added and evaluated within the qualifying criteria, as described in the table below. 

B.  Staff will estimate construction costs annually based on existing NCDOT guidelines, and present an annual median planning priority list to Town Council for approval as a component of the Annual Budget. Some locations may be divided into multiple phases at a logical breaking point along the median in the event construction costs exceed the approved annual budget.

C.  Staff recommended median plantings requests will be compiled annually and incorporated into the rating and approval process described in Section B above.

Table 1:  Qualifying Criteria and Assigned Weight:

Rank

Category

Points

Definition

1

High Traffic

Up to 29

1
9
29

Traffic volume (Average Daily Totals provided by Transportation & Facilities – T&F)

Less than or equal to 10,000 ADT

Greater than 10,000 and less than or equal to 20,000 ADT

Greater than 20,000 ADT

2

Age

Up to 26

1
6
26

When median was installed (not when road was built).
(Age provided by T&F)

Less than or equal to 10 years old

Greater than 10 and less than or equal to 20 years old

Greater than 20 years old.

3

Contiguous

17

Where segments of a median corridor are planted although the entire corridor is not

4

Citizen Input

11

Any citizen concern, request, inquiry to median maintenance status or condition