Tuesday, April 26, 2016

"Safety sizing" plan up for debate

Posted By on Tue, Apr 26, 2016 at 2:25 PM

Should Nevada Avenue be narrowed from four lanes to two south of Penrose Hospital? How about Cascade Avenue?

Those are among questions the city wants to hear from residents about at a public meeting slated for May 3, 5 to 7 p.m., at the City Auditorium, 221 E. Kiowa St.

We wrote about the proposal a couple of weeks ago (Trimming the lanes," April 13, 2016), and the Old North End Neighborhood reportedly is far from unanimous on the idea of putting those streets on a "diet," as urban planners call it.

From the city's news release:
Colorado Springs residents are encouraged to provide input on a plan to modify travel lanes on five streets near the Colorado College campus at an open house Tuesday, May 3 at the City Auditorium.

The open house will include displays and exhibits showing the proposed concepts and constraints, allowing citizens to talk directly to City engineers and planners who will be on-hand to answer questions and gather public input.

The project will address safety concerns for pedestrians, bicyclists and motorists on Cascade, Nevada and Wasatch avenues and Fontanero and Weber streets.

The meeting location is wheelchair accessible. In accordance with the ADA, this meeting will be held in an accessible location, anyone requiring an auxiliary aid to participate in this meeting should make the request as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event. Auxiliary aids could include, but are not limited to a sign language interpreter, CART Services or a loop system. Please notify Tim Roberts at troberts@springsgov.com 719-385-5481.

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