Eagle considers stoplight timing problems in town
EAGLE, Colorado – When the Colorado Department of Transportation installed green turn-arrow lights in all directions at the Eby Creek Road/Chambers Avenue intersection, local residents hoped the move would alleviate traffic. That hasn’t quite happened.
Trustee Kraige Kinney voiced his concerns at Tuesday night’s Eagle Town Board meeting. He said during a recent car trip, he timed the green arrow/green light interval as he tried to make a left turn off of Chambers on to southbound Eby Creek Road. Kinney said the light was only green for about four seconds and it took several cycles for him to make his turn as traffic backed up all the way to the Eagle Post Office.
“The old system was better than the current system,” Kinney said. “What can we do?”
“Yours is not the first complaint I have heard about this,” Eagle Town Engineer Tom Gosiorowski said. He said there is definitely a problem, but to this point, he has been unsuccessful in convincing Colorado Department of Transportation staff to make any changes.
“The problem is with the timing, not with the turn signals,” Gosiorowski said. “We are giving a lot of feedback to CDOT that it is messed up and needs some changes.”
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Gosiorowski said he will continue to work with the state to address the issue.
Eagle had planned to complete a bike path/landscaping project along the U.S. Highway 6/Grand Avenue corridor in town before the snow flies, but after discovering that sewer lines in the area were in bad shape, that plan has been sidelined until 2012.
During the Tuesday night meeting, Gosiorowski said the design work for the bike path/landscaping/bus turnout project was nearly complete and the town even managed to get a lease agreement from Union Pacific for work planned along the railroad right-of-way.
“The bad news is that in the last couple of weeks we learned from our wastewater staff that the sewer line in the area may be bad and have to be replaced,” Gosiorowski said.
Noting that if the line replacement is required, it makes no sense to lay down a bike path over the area; Gosiorowski said the town opted to video the line condition. After examining the tapes, the town staff concluded the line is in very bad condition and definitely needed replacement.
Earlier this year, the town was able to secure a low-interest loan from the state of Colorado for sewer-line replacement projects downtown. That funding paid for the projects that happened in the alleys between Capitol Street and Broadway and Wall Street and Broadway. Gosiorowski said there is enough money left over from the loan amount to finance the Grand Avenue work next year.
The exact parameters of the work will be fleshed out during the coming weeks, as the town finalizes its budget for the coming year. The Grand Avenue project will be rescheduled after the sewer-line replacement is completed.