The Town of Avon has taken its next significant action in bringing walkability, bike safety, and parking and streetscape improvements to the Town core when it implemented a new test traffic pattern on East and West Beaver Creek Boulevard, from Lake Street to Beaver Creek Place during the summer of 2016. Monitoring the use of the street has given valuable information to Town officials as they determine the future of the corridor. The changes are aimed at testing the Town Council’s vision to create a more complete transportation system, demonstrating bicycle treatments that have the potential to increase safety and usability for all travelers.
The test during the summer of 2016 included the following changes:
• Adding of on-street parking spaces, including back-in diagonal parking in front of the Post Office.
• Shortening pedestrian crossings.
• Reducing number of approach lanes to the Avon Road roundabout from three to two.
• Closing the Post Office entrance on Beaver Creek Boulevard.
This test case was part of a larger project for the Boulevard, which will see widened sidewalks, modifications of roundabouts, additional on-street parking, improved storm-water treatment, consistent lighting, an east to west bike route through town, narrowed travel lanes, wayfinding signs, and landscaping improvements. The transformation of Beaver Creek Boulevard was recently supported by a Walkability Audit completed by world leading walkability expert Dan Burden of Bluezones.
On February 28, 2017, the final design for the Beaver Creek Boulevard redesign project was presented by Design Workshop. Council authorized the completion of the redesign as presented, development of construction documents, and bidding of the project. The final plan was modified based on feedback received during the 2016 summer “road test” layout, and additional meetings last fall. The project will be bid as a complete project, and also in two phases—East Beaver Creek Boulevard and West Beaver Creek Boulevard. Funding was also approved for milling and street paining of the roadway in May, 2017. Construction began during spring of 2018 and is estimated to be complete in 2019.