Downtown CS

Downtown road projects plan to include bike-friendly infrastructure

 

 

 

 

 

The community is invited to attend information sessions regarding upcoming roadway projects in Downtown Colorado Springs planned for 2017 and 2018. The roadway projects are focused on pedestrian safety as well as vehicular and bicycle access, and address several goals of the Experience Downtown Master Plan.

 

The Experience Downtown Master Plan, created by the Downtown Partnership, was adopted by City Council in November 2016 after an 18-month process that engaged hundreds of community stakeholders through focus groups, interviews, online surveys and community forums. Now that goals and priorities are established, Downtown Partnership is working closely with the City of Colorado Springs to achieve the goals of the master plan.

Goal 5 is: A walkable and bike-friendly center connected through safe and accessible multimodal networks. The plan spells out opportunities and priorities to achieve this goal for connectivity and mobility Downtown – including roadways, pedestrian access, bicycle infrastructure and transit.

The roadway resurfacing scheduled for several streets Downtown in 2017 and 2018 offers an opportunity to provide some roadway configurations outlined in the Experience Downtown Master Plan at no additional cost. These roadway improvements are designed with the goal of providing safety for users of all transportation modes, this is especially important because Downtown has the one of the highest concentrations of bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicular traffic. Reconfigured streets will include improvements such as bicycle infrastructure, new on street parking, protected crosswalks and center median protection for pedestrians. Many of these plans will create on street connectivity to our great trail network. The Pikes Peak Avenue projects are designed to “Link the Loop,” connecting to the Legacy Loop, Middle Shooks Run Trail and Pikes Peak Greenway Trail.  While the already planned resurfacing work will be paid for with 2C funds, Improvements outside of the already planned resurfacing roadway work (such as Pikes Peak Ave) have been long-envisioned and will be funded through other sources.

Upcoming roadway projects aim to implement on this goal, as well as accomplish aspects of other plan goals such as creating “a place for healthy and active lifestyles,” “celebrating and connecting with outdoor recreation and exceptional natural setting,” and “integration with adjacent neighborhoods.”

Details about individual street reconfiguration are available at the public meetings and on the City’s Downtown Roadway Projects website

Roads scheduled for repaving as well as new roadway configuration:
  • Cascade from Colorado Avenue to Platte Avenue
  • Pikes Peak Avenue from Cascade to Shooks Run Trailhead
  • Weber Street from Southern Dead End/Lowell development to Pikes Peak Avenue
  • Rio Grande Street from Sierra Madre to Wahsatch Ave
  • Cucharras St from Nevada to the Eastern Dead End
Roads scheduled for repaving (without reconfiguration) include:
  • Boulder St from Cascade Ave to Nevada Ave
  • Las Vegas St from Nevada Ave to Sierra Madre Ave
  • Mill St from Weber St to Nevada Ave
  • Moreno Ave from Weber St to Tejon St
  • Nevada Ave from I-25 to Las Animas St
  • Nevada Ave from Colorado Ave to Platte Ave

 

 

PUBLIC MEETINGS

Significant public input, through the Experience Downtown master plan update, has provided goals and priorities for
these projects. Information sessions and the opportunity for the public to review the plans are included below:

Downtown Lowdown, hosted by Downtown Partnership

Wednesday, February 15, 2017
Lon Chaney Theatre, 221 E Kiowa St, Colorado Springs, CO 80903 (enter from Weber)
7:30 a.m. coffee/networking
8-9 a.m. presentation and Q&A

Public Information Session, convened by City of Colorado Springs

Wednesday, February 22, 2017
Studio Bee at Pikes Peak Center, 190 S. Cascade Ave., Colorado Springs, CO 80903
5:30-5:45 p.m. Networking
5:45-6:45 p.m. Presentation
6:45-7:30 p.m. Q&A

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