Public Works is currently working on the following projects:
Concrete Utility Program
Construction for the 2019 season is now under way. Crews from Keene Concrete, Inc. (the contractor hired by the City) have begun working their way through town. For further details, see the Concrete Utility page.
US 285 Signal Improvements
In an effort to make a stretch of US 285 safer, traffic staff is converting the left turns at four intersections to "protected only". “Protected only” means drivers can only make a left turn during a green left turn arrow. Drivers will no longer be allowed to make a left turn when they get the normal “green ball”. Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) performed a safety analysis and determined that making certain left turns “protected only” would significantly reduce the number of severe crashes. Some signal timing changes will occur that may result in some small additional delays, but the result will be a much safer highway with fewer delays due to crashes.
System-Wide Video Camera Upgrades
Video cameras provide staff with instant feedback on crashes, congestion, and traffic signal malfunctions. The current City system is antiquated and non-operational. Over the course of 2019 and 2020, staff will be purchasing new high-resolution digital cameras and placing them at strategic intersection locations. They will help us to quickly respond to traffic, safety, and maintenance issues.
Road and Intersection Safety Evaluation
Staff will be purchasing a new crash safety evaluation tool which will enable them to determine higher than expected crash numbers and unexpected crash patterns. The tool will also help to determine and evaluate safety improvements, and possibly obtain State funds to pay for them. The entire city roadway network will be evaluated in 2019.