About The Project
This project right-sized Weber Street and create multimodal connections to the downtown core from the Lowell neighborhoodA geographic sub-area within the city that contains but is not limited to residential land uses. The extent of a neighborhood is variable and may be defined by tradition, organizational boundaries, period of building and development, or subdivision patterns. Neighborhood boundaries may include such features as major streets or other physical elements. 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.
- Shooks Run Trail users have access to the downtown core from the southeast side.
- Residents of the Lowell neighborhood are able to access the restaurants, shops and entertainment offerings of our downtown on foot or bicycle.
- Greater safety for all users.
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 was an open house on Feb. 22, 2017.
This project design consisted of "right sizing" this section of Weber Street by reconfiguring four vehicle lanes into two vehicle lanes, a center turn lane and two bicycle lanes. Minor changes to parking along the street were made.
- Pedestrian improvements
- With the conversion of the outside travel lane to a buffered bike lane, pedestrians will only have to cross two travel lanes instead of one.
- 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
- Slower vehicle speeds will give a more comfortable environment for bicycling.
- Dedicated space creates more predictable behavior for people on bicycles and people in cars.
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
Weber St. between Pikes Peak Ave. and Rio Grande St. will have:
- Was converted from parking-protected bike lanes to a more traditional buffered bike lane format with curbside parking
- Maintains parallel parking spaces along travel lanes
Pikes Peak Ave. to East Vermijo St. will have:
- Single north/southbound travel lane with additional center turn lanes
East Vermijo St. to Rio Grande St. will have:
- Single north/southbound travel lane, no center turn lane