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New signal makes crossing Grand Avenue safer

Post Independent Writer

Tired of waiting to cross Grand Avenue at Sayre Park?Wait no more. The Colorado Department of Transportation activated a new pedestrian crossing signal Wednesday at Sayre Park. The signal will provide a protected time for pedestrians wanting to cross Highway 82 – Grand Avenue – while working in synchronization with the existing signals through town to maintain traffic flow.”In March 2004, the Glenwood City Council asked CDOT to install a pedestrian crossing signal in the vicinity of Sayre Park on SH 82,” CDOT Traffic Operations Engineer Charles Meyer said in a press release. “After studying the traffic volumes and patterns, we determined that the signal was justified and could operate in concert with the signals in the corridor.”The project was in completed in conjunction with the Grand Avenue Paving Project. “The GAPP work has provided the appropriate ADA and pedestrian improvements through Glenwood,” Meyer said. “Because of GAPP’s work, we are able to install the new pedestrian signal at Sayre Park and at the same time install a pedestrian crossing and required ADA-compliant features. It’s sort of a package deal.” The installation of the new signal cost $25,000, and is being paid for with CDOT Traffic and Safety funds. Power to the signal is being provided by the city via Sayre Park.The state estimates that 26,000 vehicles use Grand Avenue each day throughout the year, and can frequently peak to 30,000 vehicles per day. The high volume creates challenges for both maintaining the flow of traffic on the highway and also allowing pedestrians and side street traffic the opportunity to cross. Because this signal is in a system of 11 others in Glenwood, it can only change when the other signals change to maintain highway flow. Upon pedestrian request, the signal may take a few seconds to change; when it does, a pedestrian can cross safely during a protected time while highway traffic is stopped. The high volume creates challenges for both maintaining the flow of traffic on the highway and also allowing pedestrians and side street traffic the opportunity to cross. Because this signal is in a system of 11 others in Glenwood, it can only change when the other signals change to maintain highway flow. Upon pedestrian request, the signal may take a few seconds to change; when it does, a pedestrian can cross safely during a protected time while highway traffic is stopped.


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