Monday, April 8, 2013

Construction on Ivywild roundabout continues despite criticsm

Posted By on Mon, Apr 8, 2013 at 1:43 PM

The five-way clustercuss at the south end of Tejon Street, in the Ivywild neighborhood, will be a smoothly operating roundabout soon, says senior civil engineer Mike Chaves in an interview update with the Independent.

"We are close to getting the right-of-way plans done for approval," says Chaves. "And once those are approved by [the Colorado Department of Transportation], then we can go start talking to property owners, as far as some of the land we need."

Which is?

"Basically, we need corners of the properties," he says. "And I don’t wanna get too much into detail, but we’re not taking any full house or business; it’s mostly just corners of their property, is what we need."

It's a pretty crucial distinction, as not everybody in the neighborhood's happy. One upset commenter on the Gazette's original story identified themselves as owning the U-Haul dealership at the end of the road.

"I have been in Ivywild for 23 years and can assure you that i am absolutely without question opposed to the roundabout," writes commenter Chris Smith. "Perhaps if other homes or businesses were to be severly [sic] damaged as ours is people wouldnt be so excited to see the roundabout go in.

"We serve the populace of Ivywild and without exception every customer that has spoken to me is against the roundabout. The consensus from the city is that the intersection is needed due to being congested and dangerous. Anyone who has lived here for any amount of time knows this to be not true."

Of course, I lived in the neighborhood for years and have weaved and dodged driven through that intersection hundreds of times: It sucks and needs the revamp.

Chaves says the city will start contacting owners in the area in May or June, and start construction on the $1.5 million project — funded with a federal grant, and matching city money — sometime in the fall, with construction set to take around nine months.

“We’re still in the early stages, but I think we’re starting to make some good progress now," Chaves says. "There’s been good feedback, [though] there are some people that are a little concerned about a roundabout, in general — they just don’t like ’em. But being that it’s a five-legged intersection, a roundabout really works well.”

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