The City just sent out their latest newsletter with an update on the the Safer Roads SE project including what they are planing to implement within the next month. Thank you to everyone who was able to attend either the first or second virtual presentation about the Safer Roads SouthEast Proposal. If you were unable to attend please click the links above to view recordings of the meetings. These meeting proposed changes to sections of roadway in SE Colorado Springs to improve safety, address speeding concerns as well as create bicycle connections identified in the city’s Bicycle Masterplan.
2020 SE Safety Improvement Implementation
The only proposed section of roadway being addressed this year is half-mile segment of Jet Wing Drive between north of Baytown Drive and South Academy Boulevard.
When installed, this segment will complete bike lanes on Jet Wing Drive from Wernimont Circle on the north to South Academy Boulevard to the south, and when combined with other striping improvements on Jet Wing, will provide safer crossings of Fountain Boulevard / Highway 24 and South Academy Boulevard, two of the larger barriers for multimodal transportation in the Southeast.
The intersection of South Academy Boulevard and Jet Wing Drive is a T-intersection, but there is a sidewalk connection between Boychuck Avenue, east of and parallel to South Academy Boulevard, and both the crosswalk at Jet Wing Drive and the southbound bus stops on Academy. People on bikes will now be able to use this connection at a lower volume intersection to provide access to the bike network east of South Academy Boulevard.
Improvements to Jet Wing Drive
Buffered bike lanes will be installed in conjunction with repaving work happening this month.
Jet Wing Drive between north of Baytown Drive and Academy Boulevard will be converted from four travel-lanes with a center turn lane to two travel-lanes, a center turn lane and two buffered bike lanes. The new configuration will serve to calm traffic and extend existing bicycle connections between the half-mile segment of Jet Wing east of South Academy past the Mission Trace Shopping Center and Boychuck Avenue west of South Academy.
Chelton Road and Hancock Expressway Improvements
The City anticipates an updated proposal for these projects to be announced by the end of 2020
Roads with critical safety and connectivity concerns are still being evaluated by the City. In their communication about the project, the City did commit to providing infrastructure that will provide bicycle connections, improve safety for all roadway users and do so with minimal impact on level of service of the roadways. Based on what the City has heard during the public meetings, and to make the best decision for the neighborhood, the City has have gone back to the traffic consultants to develop options at the Chelton Road intersections of Fountain Boulevard and South Academy Boulevard . The additional information and options from the consultant will help and assure a project that people in the Southeast will be comfortable using.
Chelton Road Challenges
As discussed in the July 14th meeting the section of Chelton Road from Mallard to Jet Wing drive is a more complicated segment to include bicycle infrastructure as there are two major intersections which have higher vehicle volumes and minimal right of way to use. Below is a recap of what we included in our article about the 2nd Meeting addressing the difficulties presented on Chelton Rd
Options at Academy Blvd
o Space for a non-buffered bike lane, standard width
o Options for off-street (sidewalk/crosswalk)
o Lighting improvements
o Transmission lines make east side a challenge
o Consider protecting left turns from Chelton onto Academy
o Small project to change Chelton east of Academy to clarify traffic patterns
Options at Fountain Intersection
o Continuous on-street bike lanes, but very narrow
Not consistent with Bike Master Plan recommendations
o Widening sidewalk
o Striping lanes now, with regular sidewalk through intersection
o Waiting to stripe lanes until the sidepath through the intersection is funded