Route 14 slated for upgrades at or near bus stops

       A project to add handicapped-accessible ramps and/or concrete pads at bus stops along Mountain Metro Route 14 is now expected to be advertised to contractors by May, with construction occurring over the summer and completion in the fall.

During a recent snowstorm, a Mountain Metro Route 14 bus rolls south on Spruce Street past the St. Vrain Street stop. Each corner of this intersection is to get two handicapped-accessible ramps as part of an upcoming project to improve safety and access at stops along the route.
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       The project will also add nearly 5,000 linear feet of sidewalk near the stops, according to plans for the estimated $165,000 project.
       About half of Route 14 passes through Westside neighborhoods, with many of the project improvements identified in that area, based on a list showing the scope of work.
       After leaving the downtown bus garage, Route 14 has stops along Walnut, Chestnut, Holland Park Boulevard, Centennial Boulevard and Garden of the Gods Road. The route also takes in the Mountain Shadows area, and then continues east on Garden of the Gods past I-25 and UCCS en route to Academy Boulevard.
       The project's expense is funded through federal and state grants, according to Bill Bottini, Mountain Metro construction coordinator.
       The scope of work for the Westside shows a plan to install 82 ramps and 19 pads at 50 stops.
       New sidewalk is to be poured near Chestnut and Mesa Valley, Chestnut and Taylor, and Fillmore and Ellston.
       A city project statement provides the following project justification: “This grand-funded project will enhance pedestrian safety and access along Chestnut Street, Garden of the Gods Road, North Academy, Meadowland and other streets along Route 14, most of which are busy arterial or collector streets with numerous employment, services and residential uses along them.”
       The sites getting attention are those which have been deemed “inadequate for pedestrians and do not meet the Americans with Disabilities Act,” the city project statement adds.

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