29th St. stoplight project beginning soon
Construction of a stoplight at 29th Street and Colorado Avenue is scheduled to start “shortly after Thanksgiving,” according to City Traffic Engineer David Krauth.
“Traffic impacts will be minimal, with periodic lane closures to accommodate spot construction activities,” Krauth said. Barring weather or other delays, the project should take two months for completion, he added.
Designed for safety reasons, it will be in addition to the current signal in front of Fire Station 5 (at the northeast corner of the intersection), which has been used for many years to stop traffic when fire trucks need to get in or out. Other work will include rebuilding the aging fire station stoplight and moving the pedestrian crossing (currently at that signal to the intersection.
According to previous city information, the intersection light is needed because of safety issues with the fire station light - including conflicts with pedestrians in the crossing when trucks pull out of the station and issues with vehicles ignoring the light or using it (when coming from 29th Street) to cut in front of the stopped cars on the avenue.
Because of these issues and the age of the station's light, Traffic Engineering listed the intersection as a “High Priority” project in a previous report to City Council. Funding will come from a Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (RTA) program that funds signal improvements.
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