West Uintah meeting at center March 28

       A public meeting for possible improvements on West Uintah Street will be Wednesday, March 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Westside Community Center, 1628 W. Bijou St.
       The meeting will be in an open house format, with “a number of boards that show the corridor challenges and initial concepts for solving the problems, as well as information that frames the goals of the project,” states an e-mail from Dan Krueger of City Traffic Engineering, in response to questions from the Westside Pioneer. 'We have two goals for the meeting. The first is to provide information about the project and the second is to obtain information and input from the community about corridor issues and the initial solution concepts. We will use this information to help develop and refine the approach to the corridor improvements.”
       At least four city staff members will be at the meeting, he added.
       The meeting follows a preliminary presentation by city staff to the Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) board in February.
       The city currently has a $110,000 federal grant (requiring a $27,000 city match) for bicycling improvements - including sharrows and road widening in different areas - along Uintah between I-25 and 30th Street. This segment has been a planned bicycle route for more than 15 years, according to background information in a press release from Mary Scott of City Communications.
       The release continues: “As staff began meeting with corridor stakeholders to develop the preliminary design for this project, other concerns about the corridor arose. Some of these concerns include the lane constraints and heavy traffic near 19th Street, turn lane needs at the intersections of Cooper, Mesa, and 19th Street, and approximately 3,600 feet of missing curb, gutter and sidewalk. City staff is utilizing the bicycle improvements project to investigate how some of these additional concerns along the corridor may be able to be addressed.”

Westside Pioneer/press release