Plans form for 17th Street calming project
Traffic calming is now expected to come to 17th Street this spring.
“We should get the plans any day now,” said David Krauth of City Traffic Engineering, adding that “any day” likely means within a week. “Then it should go pretty quick.”
The 17th Street segment between Uintah Street and Colorado Avenue is the city's number-one priority for calming, under the Neighborhood Traffic Management Program (NTMP), which installs minor configuration changes on streets to slow traffic.
On 17th, following conceptual plans that go back more than three years, the changes will consist of concrete “bump-outs” to narrow both its intersections (Bijou Street and Platte Avenue) by Buena Vista Elementary. Additionally, a traffic circle will be built a block north at Boulder Street, Krauth said.
The plans had been delayed over the winter while water run-off tendencies were studied on 17th Street to ensure that calming construction would not cause drainage problems, he said.
Traffic Engineering is also drawing up plans for other high-priority calming projects, including Broadway Street and Holland Park Boulevard on the Westside, he said.
The NTMP priorities are chiefly based on how long projects have been in the city's queue. 17th Street residents initially applied about applied for the program about eight years ago, Broadway five and Holland Park three.
For more information, call the NTMP number: 385-5622.
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