For Immediate Release | July 11, 2016
Contact: Matt Pielsticker, Planning Director
970-748-4413 | firstname.lastname@example.org
Town of Avon to Test 'Road Diet' on Beaver Creek Boulevard
Public input on road treatments sought by Town officials
Avon, CO – The Town of Avon will take its next significant action in bringing walkability, bike safety, and parking and streetscape improvements to the Town core when it implements a new test traffic pattern on East and West Beaver Creek Boulevard, from Lake Street to Beaver Creek Place. The test striping and road treatments will be set down the week of July 18th and will last approximately three months. Monitoring the use of the street once the striping is completed will give 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.
While the Boulevard was reduced from two lanes to one in each direction several years ago, many drivers, unaccustomed to the area, travel west as if there are two lanes in each direction. Distinguishing proper lane designations ensures that all modes of transportation – driving, walking, and biking – have an intuitive and safe experience. The restriping will seek to highlight a single travel lane and create visual cues that promote traffic calming and promote a greater mix of users, and improve pedestrian crossings.
In addition to a single travel lane in each direction, the summer test will include 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.
The redesign should also reduce confusing driving patterns and simplify roundabout passage. Council member Megan Burch stated, “Currently, the street doesn’t have enough crosswalks or clear and sufficient demarcations between the sidewalk, parking spots, bike lane and road. For the well-being of our locals and visitors, we are making changes to ensure the road is safe and welcoming to all users.”
This test case is 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, 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.
Information gathered during the test period will be instrumental when formulating a final design for the streetscape improvements. Final design of the project is scheduled this fall, with construction planned for spring, 2017. For more information about the planned streetscape improvement project, please contact Matt Pielsticker at email@example.com or 970-748-4413.