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Posted on: April 18, 2019

Public Road Corridor Project - construction update

Public Road Corridor Map_Simpson intersection

April 18, 2019

Thanks to everyone for your ongoing patience during this phase of the Public Road Strategic Corridor Project. Construction crews have made swift and significant progress over the past two weeks. Please continue to be mindful of the work crews in the corridor and be aware of new traffic pattern changes.  As warmer weather and special event season nears, we’re looking forward to providing improved pedestrian access and a welcoming vibe for residents, diners, shoppers, and visitors to Old Town.

The following is an overview of the work completed and pending in the coming weeks;

Work completed to date

Simpson 

  • Traffic signals have been removed and replaced with a 4-way stop
  • Existing northbound and southbound turn lane removed to allowing for additional parking spaces and reduced pedestrian crossing distances
  • New pedestrian bump-outs and ramps on west side for improved street crossing
  • New pedestrian ramps on eastern corners for improved accessibility
  • Replaced aged concrete crosswalks for safer crossings
  • Driveway width standardization to minimize turning vehicle/pedestrian conflicts

Cleveland 

  • Rebuilt south pedestrian ramps for improved accessibility
  • New pedestrian bump-outs and ramps on northeast and northwest corners for improved street crossing

Cannon

  • Rebuilt pedestrian ramps for improved accessibility

Chester

  • Rebuilt pedestrian ramp on southeast corner for improved accessibility
  • Driveway width standardization to minimize turning vehicle/pedestrian conflicts

Emma

  • Traffic signals have been removed and replaced with a 4-way stop
  • Curb taper reduction to improve bump-out symmetry and to provide additional parking
  • Driveway width standardization to minimize turning vehicle/pedestrian conflicts
  • Rebuilt pedestrian ramps for improved accessibility
  • Turn lanes added to eastbound and westbound Emma to facilitate traffic flow
  • Installed sharrows (shared bike lane markings) on Emma
  • RTD JUMP buses were temporarily re-routed to this this corridor during construction. RTD is interested in keeping the bus route on Emma, and will host a public input session for the permanent change this summer

Kimbark 

  • New pedestrian bump-outs and ramps installed on all corners for improved accessibility and reduced crossing distance
  • Driveway width standardization to minimize turning vehicle/pedestrian conflicts

Spaulding

  • New pedestrian bump-outs installed on eastern corners for improved accessibility and reduced street crossing distance
  • Removed turn lanes on Public Road to reduce pedestrian crossing distance
  • Removed two-way left turn lane south of the intersection to accommodate pedestrian bump-outs
  • RTD JUMP buses were temporarily re-routed from this this corridor to Emma during construction. RTD is interested in keeping the bus route on Emma, and will host a public input session for the permanent change this summer

Waneka Pkwy

  • Rebuilt pedestrian ramps for improved accessibility


Work to be completed in the next two weeks

Ongoing flagstone replacement and contractor punch list work

Simpson 

  • Install Walk and Wheel Bike Corral demonstration on northeast corner

Spaulding

The traffic signal at the Spaulding intersection was originally scheduled for removal in the Spring of 2020. This signal is no longer warranted based on traffic volumes, has outdated equipment, and has exceeded its service life after approximately 30 years of use. After constructing the new east side bump-outs and removing the left turn lanes last week, traffic monitoring and field safety observations were conducted as agreed to with City Council in January 2019. Based on the current traffic operations and safety considerations with the new bump-outs, the elimination of the Spaulding traffic signal is being accelerated. This signal will be removed the week of April 29 and replaced with a three-way stop. We will provide advance notification signage along the corridor, and online, as was performed for the Emma and Simpson intersections.  

The following will take place in the coming weeks at the Spaulding intersection:

  • The traffic signals on the mast arms located over the prior turn lanes (one in each direction) were removed on April 17 to reduce confusion with drive lane reconfigurations. The remaining two traffic signals on the mast arms will remain until the entire traffic signal is removed (the week of April 29).
  • Notification signs that the traffic signal will be removed will be posted on the signal poles and on flashing message boards located in advance of the intersection beginning on April 18.
  • 3-way stops signs will be installed at the intersection at the same time the traffic signals are removed (the week of April 29). 
  • Additional traffic observations will continue to be conducted in the spring, summer, and fall to determine the final configuration for bump-out curbs at this intersection.

Future activity:

  • Public input opportunity/survey: late Summer 2019
  • Additional corridor traffic data collection: Fall 2019
  • Public Road mill/overlay resurfacing project: Fall 2019.  Will include installation of remaining Walk and Wheel bike corrals and final parking striping.

Public Road Strategic Corridor Plan info....