Las Vegas Street Corridor

About

 

The Las Vegas Street Corridor Study is a federally funded study for the City of Colorado Springs in conjunction with El Paso County and other local agencies. It is being conducted by a local team of professionals led by the engineering firm WSP/Parsons-Brinckerhoff. For more than a year, they have been working with residents and businesses on Las Vegas Street, as well as the corridor’s many other users, to determine how you use the roadway, and how the future street should function and look.

The study approach takes a comprehensive look at the safety, aesthetics, functionality and future development of the Las Vegas Corridor. With the input and advice of the roadway’s users, the study will establish the vision of Las Vegas Street for the future. The study is expected to conclude in late 2016.

Study Location and Description 

Las Vegas Street is a minor arterial roadway within the City of Colorado Springs, with portions of the road under El Paso County jurisdiction. The study limits span a distance of 4.5 miles. It begins at the intersection of Las Vegas and Tejon Streets and runs generally southeast until it ends at US Highway 85/87. While the Las Vegas Street Corridor currently does not experience significant congestion and does adequately serve local and regional transportation needs, there has been little emphasis over the decades on improving safety, traffic operations or upgrading the transportation infrastructure to meet current standards. 

Over the past year, the project team has conducted several studies covering traffic operations, environmental, land use, right-of-way and other technical issues, as well as dozens of personal interviews/meetings with stakeholders including residents, business owners, property owners, bicycle and trails groups, and government agencies. That work revealed a corridor that is constrained in many ways, but with tremendous potential to better serve all users.

The Corridor’s Needs

The study has identified several needs along the corridor:

  • Safety Deficiencies
  • Substandard Roadway Infrastructure.
  • Substandard Bicycle/Pedestrian Infrastructure
  • Substandard Connectivity to Trail and Open Spaces

Schedule and Outreach

The project began in the Summer 2015 with data collection and first contact with the business and home owners. Members of our project team visited residents and businesses along the length of Las Vegas Street, obtaining feedback regarding concerns about the street and corridor. Their collective inputs provided project engineers some clear areas to address, including the substandard road condition, safety for bicyclists, drainage, and sight lines.

Over the winter of 2015-16, the project team met with key stakeholder groups, including Colorado Springs Parks & Recreation; the Trails and Open Spaces Coalition; the Mill St. Neighborhood Association; SoCo Velo and Colorado Springs Cycling Club. The project team took all of the feedback received for the project and developed concepts for the future roadway. The project team held their first public open house in mid-July 2016, collecting public comments and concerns about those concepts.

The project team will continue to seek input for the Las Vegas Street corridor. You may submit a question, concern or idea about the project by clicking here. We want to hear from you!

The second public Open House will be in Fall 2016, to share the study’s recommendations. The open house will be advertised in local media, via direct mail to businesses and residences on Las Vegas Street, and on this website. Please contact George Hayward at george@amanwhosees.com or (719) 314-5018 if you would like to be added for the announcement of this meeting.

Concepts

Las Vegas Street’s diverse uses and users, technical challenges such as drainage and safety, as well as geographical and right-of-way constraints, have led study planners to envision a future Las Vegas Street with parkway concepts that address several challenges:

  • Accommodates the roadway’s varied users with better facilities and improved safety. The road is essential to serving commercial/industrial sized vehicles, has pockets with many pedestrians, and is frequented by bicyclists, both recreationally and as a commuter route. A parkway safely accommodates all users.
  • Provides safer access to businesses and industrial facilities throughout the corridor.
  • Enhances non-motorized access and connectivity to local trail and open space community assets.
  • Addresses drainage issues that occur throughout the corridor and improves roadway infrastructure to meet current standards.
  • Enhances the overall aesthetic appearance of the corridor.

The initial set of concepts was shared with the public at a July 13 public meeting. Those concepts have been revised since to reflect public input.

The concepts identify the different uses and constraints in each segment of Las Vegas Street. At each transitional point between segments, a roundabout (not pictured) is under consideration to better facilitate movement and safety of all users. The concepts and roundabouts are not final, and the project team continues to work with other agencies and stakeholders throughout the corridor to refine these to a preferred alternative.

PDF draft of South Segment map/design

The south segment of Las Vegas Street, from Highway 85-87 northward to the Fort Carson railroad spur, is developed on both sides of the road, including small businesses, heavy industry, construction yards, and government facilities. It includes a bus route, trail connections and pedestrians using both sides of the street. The new concept would include bike and pedestrian facilities on both sides of the street.

PDF draft of South Central Segment map/design

The south central segment of Las Vegas Street runs from the Fort Carson railroad to the entrance to Recycled Aggregate Products just south of Janitell Road. It has limited development, is constrained by the railroad tracks to the east, and there are presently no sidewalks or curb and gutter on either side of the road. In the future concept, facilities for bicycles and pedestrians are added to the west side of the road, where they can easily connect to the city’s trail system.

 

PDF draft of North Central Segment map/design

In the north-central segment, from south of Janitell Road to Shook’s Run, Las Vegas Street is constrained by railroad tracks to the east (to the right, in the above image). The west side of the street is primarily light industrial, with many driveway accesses. The proposed concept includes sidewalks on both sides of the road, and a bicycle lane on the east side, between the roadway and railroad.

 

PDF draft of North Segment map/design

The north segment of Las Vegas Street runs from Shook’s Run to Tejon Street. It is an urban mix of residential and commercial use. Existing conditions do not provide separate facilities for bicycles and vehicular traffic. The proposed concept would widen the sidewalk on the east side into a multi-use trail.

Implementation

Las Vegas street corridor improvements are on the B list of Pikes Peak Rural Transportation Authority (PPRTA) projects.  For more information about PPRTA, please visit pprta.com.  Inclusion on PPRTA’s B list will position Las Vegas Street improvements for a wide range of future funding opportunities including local, state and federal grant programs. Identification of funding sources, or a combination of funding sources for preferred street improvements will be identified during future design phases.  Additionally, some improvements will be implemented as redevelopment occurs along the roadway. 

Links

The City of Colorado Springs is sponsoring other projects along the corridor. While very important to the area and Las Vegas Street itself, these projects are separate from the Las Vegas Street Corridor Study and have been incorporated into this document where feasible:

Envision Shooks Run is a City of Colorado Springs initiated multi-modal transportation and drainage infrastructure study to identify existing problems and opportunities along the Shooks Run Corridor. For information, visit envisionshooksrun.com.

Royer Street Railroad Crossing relocation: In 2012, the City of Colorado Springs completed a study on the Royer Street railroad crossing, which had seen a high number of train-related accidents over the years. As a result of that study, the crossing will be relocated near the US 24 overpass. Construction is expected to begin in 2016. For more information, call City of Colorado Springs Engineering at (719) 385-5918.

Contact

George Hayward is your primary public contact for the study. 
George can be reached at george@amanwhosees.com or (719) 314-5018.

Andy Garton with WSP/Parsons-Brinckerhoff is the Project Manager. 
Andy can be contacted at gartonad@pbworld.com or (719) 452-4293.

Tim Roberts is the Project lead for the City of Colorado Springs. 
Tim can be reached at troberts@springsgov.com or (719) 385-5908.