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REMINDER: Public invited to provide input to 30th Street corridor alternatives Thursday

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo.– The public is invited to attend and comment on the proposed design alternatives for the 30th Street Corridor development project.

Time: 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. (Presentation at 6 p.m.)

Date: Thursday, June 14

Location: Holmes Middle School, 2455 Mesa Road, Colorado Springs, 80904

Parking: Available to the side of the building

For special ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) accommodations, call 719/488-5908 at least 48 hours

prior to the meeting.

During the meeting, the public will have an opportunity to view displays related to the project focus:

· Increase the width of 30th Street to accommodate 7-foot-wide multi-use shoulders

· Storm sewer design and water quality

· Side street and intersection improvements, including a proposed roundabout at Gateway Road

· Preserving the natural, rural features of the corridor

The 30th Street corridor has been identified as an Emergency Evacuation Corridor for Colorado Springs. Safety, pavement and drainage improvements are necessary to better facilitate emergency vehicles and provide for an emergency evacuation route.

Recommended design elements of the corridor include two 11-foot travel lanes, 7-foot multi-use shoulders on each side of the road, drainage abatement, slope stability and improved traffic operations. Widening the two-lane road from its current 24 feet to 37 feet will allow vehicles to pull over for emergency vehicles such as ambulances and fire trucks during emergency response events.

A traffic and safety analysis conducted in June 2017 captured traffic data at four intersections between Fontanero Street and Mesa Road. Available data from the last five years was also reviewed and compiled for accidents and their causes at each of the intersections, as well as how accidents impact operations along the corridor. The 2040 traffic study projections indicated only a small amount of traffic growth in the future; thus the two-lane configuration for 30th Street will continue to adequately service the area through 2040.

The City has received a federal grant and allocated local funds to be used specifically for the first segment of the project totaling $9.8 million.

The first phase of design comprises 30th Street between Fontanero Street and Garden of the Gods Road. Construction dollars are allocated to improve 30th Street between Fontanero Street and Mesa Road. 30th Street between Mesa and Garden of the Gods roads will be improved in a later phase of construction (not funded at this time).

The engineering firm of Felsburg, Holt and Ullevig has been contracted to design the roadway improvements along 30th Street between Fontanero Street and Garden of the Gods Road. This phase of the work, which began in 2017 and will continue through 2018, includes survey, title work and property oversight, environmental analysis, geotechnical analysis, pavement and roadway design, drainage engineering, structure alternatives, traffic safety and intersection access analysis.

· Included in the budget is $8.6 million designated to improve 30th Street from Fontanero Street to Mesa Road. Construction will include asphalt pavement, concrete curb and gutter, storm drain facilities, and slope stabilization.

· Also included is a federal grant of $1.2M in Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) funding designated to construct a roundabout at the intersection of Gateway Road and 30th Street. Roadway widening for the recommended alternative will require clearance through the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) process.

Phase II project costs for construction between Mesa and Garden of the Gods roads will be defined in the future and could be included in the next Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority project list. The anticipated construction start date is to begin in summer of 2020 and continuing for 18-24 months.

To stay informed, sign up to receive 30th Street corridor project updates by sending an email requesting to be added to the database to: Allison. For additional information about the project, visit: coloradosprings.gov/30thStreet

ADJACENT CITY PROJECT: The 30th Street Corridor project team is also working in collaboration with the Camp Creek project team to address erosion and drainage issues in the general area. They specifically are coordinating on four areas of overlap:

· The 31st Street intersection and its effects with the Fontanero and 30th Streets intersection

· Access to the detention pond at the Glen Eyrie entrance/Mesa Road

· Stormwater outfalls to Camp Creek on 30th Street

· The Foothills Trail extension from 31st Street to Gateway Road as the trail extension will be adjacent to 30th Street.

For information on the Camp Creek project: https://coloradosprings.gov/campcreek

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