Trustees see conceptual highway landscape plan tonight |

Trustees see conceptual highway landscape plan tonight

John Colson

CARBONDALE — For those residents who have any interest in how an expanded and refurbished Highway 133 might look as it passes through town, tonight is the time to have a look, along with the town’s Board of Trustees.

According to Public Works Director Larry Ballenger, the engineering and design plans are 90 percent finished for the highway, which is to be widened to allow for a third lane, for turning cars, and spruced up with new lighting, landscaping and a roundabout at the Main Street intersection.

And at tonight’s meeting, Ballenger will present the “final conceptual plan” for landscaping along the highway corridor, and at the roundabout, as produced by the DHM Design consulting company.

The plan was presented to the planning and zoning commission on Oct. 24, Ballenger reported, and the P&Z members were mostly enthusiastic about what they saw.

“Liked the design,” was the comment in the P&Z minutes for that meeting. “Well thought out.”

But the commissioners had nine “suggestions” for the plan before it could go to the trustees for final consideration.

Those included:

• Highway lights are not needed on the west side of the highway, and in general the commissioners “liked that the highway was dark for sections.” They also suggested the landscape designers use rocks for seating alongside the road, rather than benches, which were proposed in the plan.

•The P&Z members also reported that they “would like to keep the landscaping a little messy … a little looser and a little funkier” than what was presented.

• There also was some concern expressed about “visibility over a six-foot berm in the roundabout,” and how best to screen commercial properties along the highway corridor from passing motorists.

In his memo to the trustees, Ballenger noted that Gould Construction has finished installing conduits at the intersection of Main Street and the highway, and are now preparing to “underground” utility lines through that intersection.

In addition, Ballenger wrote, the Colorado Department of Transportation will be advertising for bids on the overall project, “with an anticipated construction start date of April 1, 2014.”

In other action, the trustees are to get their final look at the proposed town budget for 2014, prior to its required adoption on Dec. 10.

The trustees meeting is scheduled to start at 6 p.m. at Town Hall, 511 Colorado Ave., and the public is invited to attend.

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