Some of Durango’s more notorious Class V crossings could be getting a little tamer. The City of Durango recently received nearly $1.1 million in grants from CDOT for implementation of what is being called that College and 8th Safety Project. This project, which is identified in the City’s Multimodal Transportation Plan, applies to the L-shaped corridor of College Drive, from E. 3rd to 8th Ave., and 8th Ave., from College to 2nd Street.
Just how the money is spent will be the topic of an open house from 5 – 7 p.m., Wed., Sept. 12, at the Durango Recreation Center. At the meeting, city staff will present plans for the project and interactive stations will be set up to provide information on the project’s various features. Ideas include “Calming traffic” by reconfiguring lanes and bringing sidewalks and transit stops into compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
The open house will also detail a traffic study conducted along the corridor in 2016 which analyzed the feasibility and potential impacts of new lane configurations. Russell Planning & Engineering is conducting the first phases of design, and construction is slated for 2021.
For more information, go to: www.durangogov.org/collegeand8th.