Glenwood Springs’ Midland Avenue sees another round of traffic calming
Glenwood Springs, CO Colorado
GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colorado ” Traffic calming on Midland Avenue has been an issue for the past five years.
But with the implementation of four speed tables and some fancy traffic signals, city officials think this second round of traffic calming efforts will do the trick.
The first phase, expected to be completed in the next few weeks, includes raised pedestrian crossings, sections of a landscaped median, and four raised speed tables designed to keep traffic below the posted 25 mph speed limit. Solar-powered speed display signs, which were installed in September 2008, display the speed limit and flash driver’s speeds back at them indicating if they are speeding.
City Council approved in January 2008 the project’s first phase, which was expected to cost $290,000. However, the project has come in under that projection, costing just around $200,000, according to assistant city engineer King Lloyd. Gould Construction received the bid for around $174,000, and the speed signs were installed for approximately $26,000.
The city also paid Loris and Associates Engineering Firm $250,000 for the design contract in addition to the $1.2 million total price for the three-phase project, according to Lloyd. However, the second and third phases have been put on hold due to budgetary concerns, and to see how well the new traffic-calming devices work.
“We wanted to see how people are responding to the new speed tables and such,” Lloyd said.
The speed signs have the ability to record data [speed] and calculate how many people travel the road. Lloyd said that the city will compare data collected after the new speed tables have been installed to data collected prior to the speed tables to determine the effect on traffic speeds.
“We already know the signs added to calming speeds on the road,” Lloyd said.
City Council first approved a measure in the fall of 2004 for implementation of “speed humps” at various spots on Midland Avenue. However, in April 2005, City Council revoked its decision after questioning the effectiveness of speed humps.
They wanted to install some sort of traffic-calming device before Glenwood Meadows opened in the fall 2005. That fall 10 concrete-box planters, which never had anything planted in them, were installed for about $10,000. Three years later, the planters were removed, in October 2008.
City Manager Jeff Hecksel told the Post Independent in October 2005 that people need to give the planters a chance to see if they slowed traffic.
What did happen after the planters were installed was that people started crashing into them.
About one month after installation of the planters, a woman driving a Jeep Cherokee ran into one of them. Two weeks later, a concrete-pumping truck smashed into the same planter, ending its service on Midland Avenue.
The complaints over the planters started coming in, and some residents asked council to take immediate action to remove the planters.
“This is definitely a better option than the planters,” said Hecksel. “And yes, they will have more effect [on slowing traffic] than the planters as well.”
Contact John Gardner: 384-9114
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