Signs still to come for Midland Trail

       Last week's photo collage in the Westside Pioneer of recently installed signs on the Midland Trail extension did not discuss the lack of directional signage for trail users at Ridge Road and Columbia Drive, who must deal with a no-trail gap between them along West Colorado Avenue.
       Asked what's happening in this area, Kristin Bennett of City Traffic Engineering replied in an e-mail: “Some of us in Traffic have met out there with Parks staff to look at what we can do as an interim solution at Ridge/Colorado/Columbia. Just adding signage is somewhat problematic given the lack of any curb/gutter/sidewalk and bicycle space along Colorado to make the connection along Colorado and this is a tough place to cross… without something to assist trail users across the street.
       “The upcoming Colorado Avenue planning study [approved by El Paso County commissioners last week] can look at this in more detail (for a longer- term solution), but the lack of accommodations or any crossing features creates some challenges in just dropping some signs in.”
       In summary, Bennett concluded, “We are aware of the issue and working on it.”
       In other Midland Trail sign news, she said the city sign shop is making directional signs for Cucharras and 25th streets (the sidewalk route between the off-road trail segments starting and ending at 21st and 25th streets). These signs “will direct trail users to and from Cucharras/25th to stay on the Midland Trail route,” Bennett said. “Once these are done, they will be installed by a city sign crew probably by the end of February (weather dependent).”

Westside Pioneer article