Colorado College asked the city to modify traffic lanes on Cascade Avenue to make it safer for Colorado College students, according to a press release.
The city wants to reduce travel lanes from four lanes to two between Cache la Poudre and Uintah streets close to Colorado College. The reduction will “substantially reduce the likelihood of pedestrian accidents,” said Kathleen Krager, senior transportation manager for the city.
“Limited visibility associated with two travel lanes in each direction creates a hazard for crossing pedestrians,” she said.
The extra lanes in each direction will be converted to bike lanes. CC will close two median openings to increase safety and add landscaping to direct pedestrian traffic to the two remaining crossing locations. The school will pay for all associated project costs.
June 16: Present plan to City Planning Commission
June 27: City Council to discuss in work session
July 12: City Council to take first vote and hear public comment
July 26: City Council to take final vote
If approved by council, lanes will be modified before the end of summer 2016. Previously planned lane modifications for Nevada Ave., Wasatch St., Weber St. and Fontanero Ave. will be delayed to allow the city to gather more public input, study bus service through the Old North End neighborhood and allow the Bicycle Master Plan Update process to analyze the need and appropriateness of additional bike lanes in the area.