Westside Briefs:
Hybrid light at 17th to aid pedestrians

       Installation was due to start this week on a different type of stoplight at 17th Street and Colorado Avenue.
       The city calls it a “hybrid pedestrian beacon.” It will only stop traffic when someone pushes the walk button. It also will be less expensive to install and maintain than standard stoplights, city traffic officials say.
       The total installation cost, including materials and labor, will be just under $60,000, with funding provided by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA), explained Rob Helt of City Transportation Engineering.
       The old stoplight had been installed when Buena Vista Elementary School was three blocks north, at 17th and Bijou streets. But when the school relocated two years ago (the site's use changed to the Westside Community Center), the city reassessed the light's purpose.
       For the installation, “the underground conduit, junction boxes and pole bases are being completed before any of the above-ground work is started,” Helt said in a recent e-mail. “Although the construction will require lane closures, the overall impact should be minimized by most work being completed outside of peak traffic hours.”

Seen after doing maintenance on a trail used by the Academy Riding Stables in the Garden of the Gods are (from left) Cheryl Pixley, Marilyn Billings, Larry Tobias and Kristin and Emil Squazzo of the Cavalier Trail Riding Club. Another worker, Judy Tobias, took the picture.
Courtesy of Cavalier Trail Riding Club

       Riding Club fixes trail
       Members of the Cavalier Trail Riding Club recently performed maintenance on the one-hour commercial trail used by the Academy Riding Stables for public rides in the Garden of the Gods.
       According to club spokesperson Marilyn Billings, “all members own their horses, use the trails responsibly and take pride in promoting trails and open space.”
       The club works on the trail once or twice a year. The group also has a “commitment with the county to work on the Homestead Park trails on an as needed basis,” Billings said.
       For information on volunteering with the club, she can be reached at 473-6866.

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