T-intersection proposal for Colorado-
The meeting will start at 5:30 p.m. at Howbert Elementary, 1023 N. 31st St., and continue until 6:30 or 7, according to Tim Roberts, a transportation planner with the city.
Public input is encouraged. “We want people to understand that we'd like to get feedback on whether to pursue this or not,” Roberts said.
The Colorado/Ridge intersection is due to be rebuilt in 2015-16 as part of a $16 million project, mostly funded by the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA), along Colorado west of 31st Street and into Manitou Springs. A separate study, the Westside Avenue Action Plan (WAAP), is focusing on a design for that roughly 1 ˝-mile segment, but Roberts said the city wants to hear from the neighbors before WAAP begins designing a T-intersection plan.
The Colorado/Ridge problem, as City Transportation Manager Kathleen Krager explained at the last WAAP public meeting in April, is that the current layout does not meet modern design standards. Colorado and Pikes Peak are scarcely 100 feet apart at that intersection, which would complicate matters if a stoplight was installed at Colorado (as the WAAP study has suggested). Other issues are Ridge's uphill grade between Colorado and Pikes Peak and its lack of alignment with Ridge on the south side of Colorado Avenue.
When Krager first suggested the T-intersection idea during the April meeting, “people's off-the-cuff reaction was no,” Roberts said; however, city officials would like the chance to present the idea in more detail.
The city concedes one T-intersection side effect: Motorists would no longer be able to turn off Colorado Avenue onto Ridge to get into the Garden of the Gods. Ridge is now one of four roads into the city park (the others are Garden Drive, Beckers Lane and Gateway Road). However, it's the least used of the four, goes up a steep hill and is narrower than the city would like for such an access. “It's not that it's unsafe, but it's more of a neighborhood-type street, not meant for heavy use,” Roberts said.
For more information, e-mail Roberts at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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