Background of East Platte Avenue Safety Project
As a state highway, Platte has historically been the main vehicle and commercial eastern gateway into Colorado Springs. In the 1990s State Highway 24 was re-routed and Platte was designated to continue as a truck route; a function it still performs today. The adoption of the Intermodel Transportation Plan in 2001 further confirmed the identification of this facility as a principal arterial. Platte, in it entirety, was identified as one of five critical arterials for east-west traffic flow with adoption of the East-West Mobility Study in 2002.
Today, Platte is on the City's best performing arterials. 2007 travel time studies showed that through travel speeds decreased slightly compared to the previous year, on average drivers on Platte proceed through eight green traffic signals before being stopped by a red one-better flow than found on any of the other seven arterials the City studies annually. Eighty-five percent of drivers are traveling this corridor at 40 to 41 mph. Vehicle volumes along this stretch of road have recently decreased from 35,000 in 2006 to a current level of 25,000 vehicles per day.
The issue of safety in this corridor was first raised through citizen complaints in 2005. In early 2006, the City held a public meeting to solicit inputs from concerned citizens on the issue. Not many residents attended, yet the City had conducted an analysis that indicated the corridor was indeed a high-accident area. Later in 2006, the City applied for a competitive Federal Hazard Elimination and Safety grant, administered by the Colorado Department of Transportation, to address the issue. The City received $300,000 in funding in 2007, plus additional funding through PPRTA in 2008. The PPRTA funding is what is currently being utilized for the public involvement and design portion of the project. In October 2008, City engineering staff awarded a preliminary design contract to JR Engineering.
In December 2008, project team members visited with residents and businesses going door-to-door along the project corridor. Throughout December and January they also conducted interviews with key stakeholders, such as: Walgreens, Platte Floral & Greenhouse, School District 11, JC Tailor, Council of Neighbors and Organizations (CONO), Boulder Park Homeowners Association, and the Platte Avenue Neighborhood/Business Association.
A public open house was held February 17, 2009 at the U.S. Olympic Training Center to share the working group's progress and possible solutions with interested stakeholders. Based on the working group's recommendations and public feedback, the most favorable design options included:
Several work group meetings are also open to the public. The working group is comprised primarily of volunteers who reside or work in the area and includes a cross-section of neighborhood interests and concerns. The remaining meetings are scheduled from 6 to 8 p.m. at the City Administration Building, Room 102, 30 S. Nevada Ave., on the following Thursdays: Feb. 26, March 5 and March 12. On-street parking is free after 6 p.m.
Watch for letters (via mail and e-mail) to keep both property owners and renters informed of the project progress. This web page will also be updated for the same purpose.Once the public work group and City staff have a preferred design alternative ready to move forward, additional public meeting presentations will be offered to the City's Citizen Transportation Advisory Board, Pike Peak Rural Transportation Authority's Citizens' Advisory Council, Pike Peak Rural Transportation Authority's Board and City Council.
|1-22-09 PLATTE WORK GROUP MINUTES(136.8KB)
1 22 09 Platte work group minutes.pdf
|CRASH PHOTOS FROM PLATTE(1.4KB)
|PLATTE AVE SAFETY PROJECT UPDATE JULY 2009(49.1KB)
Platte Ave Safety Project Update July 2009.pdf
|WORKING GROUP MEMBERS(52.5KB)
Platte Ave Safety Project Working Group.pdf
|PLATTE QUESTIONAIRE RESULTS(54.4KB)
Platte questionnaire results.pdf
|DRAFT TRAFFIC SAFETY STUDY REPORT(556.8KB)
|FINAL DESIGN OVERVIEW(8167.9KB)
Final Design Overview.pdf