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Urban Neighborhood Connection: Weber Street

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About The Project

This project will right-size Weber Street and create multimodal connections to the downtown core from the Lowell neighborhood located on Weber Street south of Rio Grande Street to Pikes Peak Ave. The Lowell neighborhood  markets itself as a walkable neighborhood with convenient access to the amenities of the downtown core.

The project includes:

  • Lane reconfiguration from 4 vehicle lanes to 5 travel lanes: two vehicle travel lanes, two bicycle lanes and a center turn lane.
  • Minor changes to parking

Weber Street currently carries very low traffic volume. It was identified as an urban greenway in the Experience Downtown master plan to serve as a connection from nearby neighborhoods both north and south of the downtown core. Routine paving scheduled for Weber Street make it efficient to upgrade the streetscape and parking at the same time.

Benefits

  • Shooks Run Trail users will have access to the downtown core from the southeast side.
  • Residents of the Lowell neighborhood will be able to access the restaurants, shops and entertainment offerings of our downtown on foot or bicycle.
  • Greater safety for all users.

Implementation

Implementation is scheduled for late summer 2017. This timeline is subject to change in the case of any unforeseen changes to the paving schedule.

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Project Details

Public and stakeholder input

Input from Downtown Partnership members, businesses along the corridor, and people who attend the public meetings will be considered and potentially included in the plan.  There will be an open house on Feb. 22, 2017

Design

This project design consists of "right sizing" this section of Weber Street by reconfiguring four vehicle lanes into two vehicle lanes, a center turn lane and two parking protected bicycle lanes. There will also be minor changes to parking along the street.

Safety features

  • Pedestrian improvements
    • Pedestrians will have the additional buffer of a bike lane between the vehicle travel lanes and the sidewalk.
    • Slower vehicle speeds will offer a more comfortable environment for walking.
    • A low-stress, dedicated place for bicycles should result in fewer people riding their bicycles on the sidewalk.
  • Bicycle improvements

This project, combined with others to be implemented over the coming months and years, will provide a network of safe connections for people on foot and bike through the Downtown core and to the Legacy Loop trail system. Weber Street currently carries very low traffic volume and was identified as an urban greenway in the Experience Downtown Master Plan to connect nearby neighborhoods to the downtown core

When complete, Weber St. between Pikes Peak Ave. and Rio Grande St. will have:

  • New parking protected bike lanes between Rio Grande and Pikes Peak Ave.
  • Redesigned parallel parking spaces along travel lanes
  • Clear signage to assist cyclists and motorists in utilizing parking protected bike lanes

Pikes Peak Ave. to East Vermijo St. will have:

  • Single north/southbound travel lane with additional center turn lanesRendering of Weber st north of vermijo

East Vermijo St. to Rio Grande St. will have:

  • Single north/southbound travel lane, no center turn laneWeber st south of vermijo

View detailed striping plan