COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Cascade Avenue between Bijou and Jackson streets will receive a new traffic configuration beginning Tuesday to enhance pedestrian safety near Colorado College, improve traffic flow onto I-25, and install a north/south bicycle connection into downtown. The new configuration will be in place by Thursday, weather and resource permitting.
Cascade Avenue will be restriped to replace the outside travel lane with a buffered bike lane in each direction between Boulder and Jackson streets.
Cascade Avenue will be restriped to address known pedestrian safety concerns
Cascade Avenue will be restriped to one travel lane and one bicycle lane in each direction to increase visibility of crossing pedestrians. The number of crosswalks on Cascade Avenue between Cache La Poudre and Uintah streets will change from four crosswalks with flashing lights to two standard crosswalks.
Improve traffic flow onto I-25 at Bijou and Uintah streets
Northbound Cascade Avenue at Bijou Street
Changes on northbound Cascade Avenue at the Bijou Street intersection will improve traffic flow for vehicles turning left to access I-25. With the reduction of the outside travel lane, the two left turn lanes will be extended to accommodate more left turning vehicles with each signal rotation and minimize turning vehicles blocking the through lanes.
Southbound Cascade Avenue at Bijou Street
The bike lane and right turn lane on southbound Cascade Avenue at the Bijou Street intersection will be modified to reduce conflicts between right turning vehicles and bicycles and will improve traffic flow for southbound vehicles accessing I-25 via Bijou Street.
Improve traffic flow for northbound Uintah Street onto I-25
With the reduction of the outside travel lane, the left turn lane will be lengthened to accommodate more left turning vehicles with each signal rotation and minimize turning vehicles blocking the through lanes.
The City is reducing the number of travel lanes on Cascade Avenue to address significant safety concerns for pedestrians. However, reducing the full length of Cascade between Boulder and Jackson streets will provide a consistent flow of traffic along the extent of Cascade Avenue and allow for the installation of a bicycle connection. The need for north/south and east/west bicycle connections throughout the neighborhood and into downtown was identified through public input and cited in both the Experience Downtown Master Plan and Bicycle Master Plan.
To view diagrams of changes to the Cascade Avenue intersections at Bijou and Uintah street and for more information about the transportation study, planned improvements and the public process visit www.ColoradoSprings.gov/ONETransportationStudy.