Vail ponders having lighted crosswalks
VAIL — A recommendation to install lighted pedestrian crossing devices along Vail’s frontage roads will be the topic of a public input session during the Vail Town Council’s regular meeting on Tuesday. The devices are being recommended to improve safety at the intersections. The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the Vail Town Council Chambers.
In response to requests by community members, guests and the Town Council to improve pedestrian safety along the frontage roads, staff has recommended installation of the flashing crosswalk signs at five major pedestrian crossings as well as enhanced lighting at these crossings as part of a multi-pronged approach. The use of flashing signs would be a shift in direction from past approaches by the town.
The phase-one safety enhancement proposal would add frontage road crosswalk signs, lighting and/or pavement markings at the Municipal Building, West Lionshead Circle and West Vail Mall. In addition, crosswalk signs are proposed for installation at the Main Vail and West Vail roundabouts. The cost of these improvements is an estimated $410,000 with additional improvements requested to be phased during the next two to three years.
The long-term improvements, which include recommended variable speed limits, are intended to improve conditions when the frontage roads are used for overflow parking. There were 29 overflow days during the 2015-’16 ski season and 20 days of overflow during the summer of 2015.
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