September 18, 2023
Colorado Mountain College Glenwood Center
1402 Blake Avenue
Glenwood Springs, CO 81601
Blake Avenue Redesign Open House at 6:30 PM
Monday, September 18, 2023
Community invited to the second open house on September 18 at the CMC Glenwood Center.
Open House Information
The City of Glenwood Springs invites neighbors of the Blake Avenue corridor and Glenwood Springs community members to the second public open house for the Blake Avenue Redesign on Monday, September 18 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Colorado Mountain College (CMC) Glenwood Center (1402 Blake Avenue, Glenwood Springs, CO 81601). Materials and interpretation in Spanish will be available.
During the open house, participants will have an opportunity to provide feedback on the preferred conceptual design for the redesign on Blake Avenue between 13th and 27th Street. The concept incorporates community feedback from the May open house and online comments. Following this open house, members of the community will have one final round of input later in 2023 before construction plans are drawn up.
Individuals unable to participate in the in-person open house may alternatively share comments online beginning September 14 through October 1. Materials will be posted for review and comment on the project webpage at cogs.us/753. There will also be three neighborhood pop-up events along the Blake Ave. Corridor.
In addition to correcting issues with the roadway itself and updating utilities, the design shows potential ways to improve safety, function, and access for pedestrians and bicyclists in the corridor. Participants will be asked to share feedback on the preferred conceptual design elements including pedestrian/bike facilities, traffic calming, on-street parking, and trees.
Other Ways to Participate: Pop-Up Events
- Monday, September 18 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at City Market (in the rear parking lot)
- Tuesday, September 19 from 6-7 p.m. at Sayre Park (by the shelter nearest the playground)
- Friday, September 22 from 4-5 p.m. in the Defiance Church Parking Lot
Incorporation of Public Feedback
Common themes from the first round of public input centered around mitigating against speeding, maintaining existing parking and trees, consistent bicycle infrastructure and increasing clear and accessible pedestrian space. The design team carried forward these comments to help shape the preferred alternative selection between 7th and 13th Street. Setting the ultimate section within that segment along Blake Avenue has fed into the concept and 30% design development from 13th to 27th Street. Despite a varying right-of-way width, the Blake Avenue corridor design between 13th and 27th Street provides consistency, predictability, connectivity and increased safety.
Specific elements shown in the 30% design include:
- 6-foot on-street bike lanes
- 6-foot raised sidewalk with curb and gutter
- 10-foot travel lanes
- Maintaining or improving existing parking
- Preserving existing trees
- Maintaining existing access points/driveways
- Constructing bulb-outs at intersections
- Providing Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) curb ramps and accessibility
- Extension of the one-way road section from 24th to 27th Street
- Upgrading storm infrastructure
- Upgrading sanitary and water line infrastructure
Project Background and Goals
The Blake Avenue Redesign project is to develop construction drawings to completely rebuild Blake Avenue between 13th Street and 27th Street, including 23rd, 24th and 26th Streets as part of the project. Including 7th to 13th Street in the design helps staff plan what the whole street section will look like through town and gives a starting point for those block that are in good condition today, but will need improvements in the future.
In 2024, construction is expected to begin on Blake Avenue from 24th to 27th Street, and including, 24th and 26th Street rebuilds between Blake Avenue and State Highway 82.? The goals of the redesign are to fix underlying utility/storm/roadway structure issues, improve pedestrian and bike access and safety, improve user experience for multimodal use, enhance traffic calming, upgrade sidewalks and roadway surfacing.
Blake Avenue Redesign is budgeted at $771,000 and is funded through the City’s Street Tax, Water and Sewer Departments, Electric Department and a $100,000 Roaring Fork Transportation Authority First/Last Mile Mobility Reserve (FLMMR) Grant.
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