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.
- 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.
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.
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 bicycle lanes. There will also be minor changes to parking along the street.
- 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
- Slower vehicle speeds will give a more comfortable environment for bicycling.
- Green paint may be used to highlight places where bikes and vehicles cross paths.
- 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
When complete, Weber St. between Pikes Peak Ave. and Rio Grande St. will have:
- New parking protected buffered 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 lanes
East Vermijo St. to Rio Grande St. will have:
- Single north/southbound travel lane, no center turn lane