Fillmore St. traffic survey goes on-line

       For close to half a year, City Traffic Engineering has been working with the surrounding neighborhoods, businesses and property owners on solutions to the traffic congestion along Fillmore Street west of I-25.
       Now the whole community is getting a chance to pitch in.
       A survey has been posted on the Internet at www.springsgov.com/fillmorestudy. People are encouraged to go to the site, pull up each of the seven alternatives as a pdf file, then rank their favorites.
       Each file consists of a graphic showing the alternative's roadway changes or additions. There's also a description, a traffic operations analysis, and pros and cons.
       The alternatives were developed by the city and its consultant, Maureen Araujo, with the help of neighborhood inputs, according to Tim Roberts of City Traffic. He said the city is not recommending any of the seven; however, reading through the files reveals that the most favorable analysis belongs to Alternative 6. The catch, as Roberts pointed out, is that because of the amount of roadwork required - including a Fillmore Street bridge over Chestnut Street - Alternative 6 may be too expensive for the $6.6 million that will become available to the project from the Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) in about 2013.
       In any case, the survey will be “an opportunity to get input from those who haven't been involved so far,” Roberts said. “If we've missed something, it will be good to get it at this point.”
       The survey will be on the city website for “a minimum of two weeks,” he said.
       In the meantime, staff and a consultant will be finalizing cost estimates for the different alternatives. When that information is more clear, a public meeting will be planned. This will be sometime in October, Roberts predicted.
       A key aspect to Alternative 6, as well as three of the others, is putting a cul de sac on some part of Parker Street between Fillmore and Taylor Street. According to Roberts, who went door-to-door through Parker's neighborhood of single-family homes, talking to the residents individually, most of them were OK with a cul de sac.
       The seventh alternative is what the RTA had originally proposed for Fillmore when it went before the public as an “A-list” project in 2004 - simply widening it to six lanes to accommodate increasing traffic. But Roberts said current data shows a widening would not solve the bottleneck at the Fillmore Street/I-25 interchange. The problem is that the light has to handle too many roads coming into it, he said. All the alternatives (except 7 and partly 1) seek a way to take Chestnut out of that traffic signal equation.
       A new Fillmore interchange would help, but there's no funding for that in the foreseeable future.
       The $100,000 Fillmore study is being funded with $65,000 from the Palmer House development group - which has graded for a future 14-acre commercial center northeast of Chestnut and Fillmore - and $35,000 from the RTA. Starting last March, the study has involved numerous meetings by City Traffic with neighborhood associations in the area and with their representatives.

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