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.

 Next Steps:

June 16:          Present plan to City Planning Commission

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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. 

6 COMMENTS

  1. Outrageous! I fear that the same stupidity that permits our federal government to focus on bathrooms for transgenders rather than on a dire threat from ISIS, has infected our city leaders. Colorado College and its students are one of Colorado Spring’s gems but can’t we ask these sensitive little kiddies to put their cell phones in their pockets and LOOK LEFT AND RIGHT!?

    • OUTRAGEOUS. I fear the same ‘me first’ mentality that affects everyone in this town result in most people driving like maniacs in/around CC and the North End. Transportation is the lifeblood of any city, but we can’t ask people to BEHAVE LIKE RESPONSIBLE DRIVES AND SLOW DOWN AND DRIVE THE SPEED LIMIT?!?! Trying to drive the speed limit on Nevada or Cascade will result in you getting the finger, the horn, the brights or cut off as some one cuts you off.

  2. I suspect frustrated drivers will run the cross walks more. Limited visibility? On a straight-away? And unless the college erects a fence down the median, the students will cross Cascade in between the decreased number of cross walks. All around, this is a bad idea. Vote against your city council member is this goes through.

  3. if the COLLEGE AGE STUDENTS would look around and pay attention before crossing the street they wouldn’t need to have the street altered.

  4. THAT IS ALL FINE AND GOOD BUT WHAT NEEDS TO BE DONE AS WELL IS TRAFFIC LIGHTS FOR THESE CROSSINGS AS DURING LUNCH YOU SOMETIMES HAVE STUDENTS CROSSING FOR HOURS AND TRAFFIC BACKS UP

  5. If the ADULT AGED DRIVERS would actually DRIVE THE POSTED SPEED LIMIT IN/AROUND CC maybe we would not be having this issue.

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