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Platte Corridor Transportation Study Presentation and Survey

The City of Colorado Springs has launched a corridor study along Platte Avenue between I-25 and North Powers Boulevard. To view the project map, click here. Platte Avenue is a ConnectCOS community corridor and has been identified as a priority corridor for further analysis. Studying how our community uses Platte Avenue provides a valuable opportunity to improve how people travel by car, public transportation, foot or bike in and around this six-mile corridor.

Bike Colorado Springs has be a stakeholder in this process since it was launched in January of 2021, providing insights and recommendations throughout the process.

The Platte Avenue Corridor Study project team is hosting open office hours to meet virtually with members of the public. It is recommended that you watch the recording of the December 15th Joint Public Meeting linked below before attending.

Platte Ave Presentation Video
Platte Ave Presentation Slides

Read more about this study on the city’s Platte Ave Transportation Study website over the next week the city is offering four meeting to discuss these proposals.

Virtual Community Office Hours are available on the following dates:

January 6, 2021, 3 pm – 4 pm MST
January 6, 2021, 4 pm – 5 pm MST
January 10, 2021, 4 pm – 5 pm MST
January 10, 2021, 5 pm – 6 pm MST

 

Below are two different surveys that you can use to share your opinion on the proposals

The Connect COS Presentation and Survey is also live stay tuned for more information
in the meantime look through the city’s website for ConnectCOS

Read below for a summary of the key details that we took away from the presentation

It’s also helpful to understand the teams’ approach an recommendations; The study presents two alternative proposals for each section of the corridor.

Moving from incremental brings added Benefits, generally increase cost, and bring additional challenges/impacts

Incremental
• Effective in addressing functional objectives
• Explore basic functional improvements based on existing context/constraints

Transformational
• Ambitious in support of all functional objectives
• Explore what “could be” without existing constraints

Downtown


People like the general palmer statue
Traffic study showed 4 to 2 travel lane feasible and both proposals recommend this
Traffic lane reduction allow for shorter pedestrian crossing distances and allowance for reuse of the roadway for parks, pedestrians, transit or bikes

Transformational
Lane Reduction on Platte
Creates multiuse parallel parking/festival street along Acacia Park
Additional improvements to Downtown Grid including streetscape improvements to Bijou/Kiowa
Diagonal parking (north)

Incremental
Lane Reduction on Platte
Introduce medians (similar to east of Wahsatch)
Retain parallel parking
Nevada Intersection Safety Improvements
Tejon Intersection Pedestrian & Aesthetic Improvements

Bijou & Kiowa conversion from one way to two way was looked into but determined not to be feasible yet lane reductions from 3 to 2 in each direction would be feasible

Central/Middle Shooks Run & knob hill

Key takeaways:
controlling vehicle speed

allowing safer bike/ped crossings of Platte N/S
handling vehicle capacity especially at intersections such as Union & Circle
Boulder traffic volume shows 2 travel lanes would be efficient

Incremental
Lane reduction on Boulder /added dedicated transit lanes with synchronized signals
Platte receives additional landscaping & shorter crossing distances but remains 4 lanes with parallel parking
Union, Circle Intersection Capacity Improvements
Additional signalized ped crossings/intersections
Boulder receives bike lanes – Bike COS recommends investigating bike lane placement

 

Transformational
Platte and Boulder converted to two vehicle lane one-way streets
easier crossing for pedestrians
Current renders showing buffered bike lanes between vehicle and bus lanes do not satisfy bike needs. With increased volumes on these two roadways protected bicycle lanes would be needed.

Knob Hill was only mentioned in passing but we believe that the treatment here should better accommodate business opportunities along this stretch.

Additional notes on the Central – Middle Shooks Run & Knob Hill Proposals

Knob Hill was only mentioned in passing but the treatment on Platte will directly impact the vibrancy of business along this corridor. We believe the treatment from Union to Boulder needs to be carefully considered with regards to traffic speed and accommodations for pedestrians and bicyclists.

In the transformational approach we are concerned with how the bicycle facilites are rendered if the Boulder/Platte is converted to one way according to the COS Bike Master Plan protected bike lanes/Cycle tracks should be applied due to vehicle speeds and volumes.

Eastern reaches

Widen from academy to power to improve levels of service but reducing highway feel.
Platte/Academy interchange – hwy style interchange not needed for current or future traffic volume.

Incremental
Widen Platte to six lanes
Introduce two quadrant roads at Academy to eliminate ramps
Prepare for Citadel Transit Station improvements
Murray, Wooten, Powers intersection operational Improvements
Multi-use path connecting Sand Creek Trail system to Chelton

Transformational
Complete the reconfiguration of Academy Interchange
New Platte Ave connections to adjacent roadway network to eliminate frontage roads
Connect multiuse path across Powers to future US 24 path
Complete transition from road to street


People like the general palmer statue
Traffic study showed 4 to 2 travel lane feasible and both proposals recommend this
Traffic lane reduction allow for shorter pedestrian crossing distances and allowance for reuse of the roadway for parks, pedestrians, transit or bikes

Transformational
Lane Reduction on Platte
Creates multiuse parallel parking/festival street along Acacia Park
Additional improvements to Downtown Grid including streetscape improvements to Bijou/Kiowa
Diagonal parking (north)

Incremental
Lane Reduction on Platte
Introduce medians (similar to east of Wahsatch)
Retain parallel parking
Nevada Intersection Safety Improvements
Tejon Intersection Pedestrian & Aesthetic Improvements

Bijou & Kiowa conversion from one way to two way was looked into but determined not to be feasible yet lane reductions from 3 to 2 in each direction would be feasible

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