Project to extend sidewalk along W. Uintah
People walk up Uintah Street between Walnut Street and Mesa Avenue all the time.
The complication is the shortage of sidewalk - including much of the stretch above Cooper Avenue where there's none on either side of the road.
City Engineering plans to correct that situation, at least on the north side of Uintah.
The city has selected a local firm, Blue Ridge Construction, as the low bidder for the project, according to Mike Chaves of City Engineering.
The bid amount is $375,590.
In addition to a sidewalk, the project will install curb and gutter, improve the drainage, widen the street a few feet as needed and make room for a bike lane and an eastbound right-turn lane onto Mesa, he said.
Part of that segment of Uintah has a steep slope next to it, but there should be room for the street improvements without having to cut into it, Chaves responded to a question.
The work is expected to start by the end of July.
The expense will be covered with Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds, he said. Coming from the federal government, the funds are earmarked for use in lower-income areas such as the Westside Neighborhood Strategy Area, of which Uintah is at the northern edge.
Chaves explained that the project will lead off city efforts to improve traffic flow and safety along the Westside's entire West Uintah corridor, which is defined as Walnut to 30th Street.
A public meeting last summer had revealed access problems along the corridor - particularly around 19th Street - with potential costs for road improvements exceeding $1 million in all. But the only current funding source available to the city, other than CDBG, is a $110,000 federal grant (plus a $27,000 city match) for bicycle-related improvements.
Another public meeting is planned (not yet scheduled) this summer to discuss the rest of that segment and the use of the bicycle funds, Chaves said.
In the original Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA), approved by voters in 2004, an item on the B list was titled “Uintah Street safety improvements,” with an estimated expense of $900,000. However, funding for B-list items has not been available to date.
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