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Flamingo planters must go, town says

Pete Fowler
Glenwood Springs Correspondent
Vail CO, Colorado
Kelley Cox/Post IndependentThe planters on Midland Avenue in Glenwood Springs are on their way out after complaints they're ugly and don't slow traffic.

GLENWOOD SPRINGS ” The plastic flamingo perched on a Midland Avenue planter will have to find a new home.

The planters that met criticism from the get-go will be removed soon. They’re in shoddy condition and don’t seem to do much, if anything, in the way of slowing traffic or increasing safety.

“The planters are in poor condition, and either need to be repaired/replaced or removed,” City Manager Jeff Hecksel wrote in a memo. “Recent data on speeds in the area indicate the effect of the planters has worn off and they are having no effect on speed.”

Planters were installed in 2005 in spots in the road along Midland Avenue as a temporary way to slow traffic. They drew criticism from people concerned about safety and aesthetics. Two vehicles struck planters within weeks of their installation, although drivers appeared to adjust to them after that.

City Engineer Mike McDill said the planters would probably be removed next week or shortly after.

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The Glenwood Springs City Council voted Thursday night to remove the planters and proceed ahead with engineering a design for other Midland Avenue traffic calming solutions that will not exceed $250,000.

Traffic has increased faster than expected along Midland Avenue. McDill said a consultant counted about 10,000 cars a day on Midland two years ago north of Seventh Street. At that time the projection was for around 16,000 cars a day by 2030, McDill said, but just about a month ago the city counted 14,000 cars passing through the area per day.

“Our traffic is growing faster than projected,” McDill said. “It’s a good reason for council to go ahead and move ahead with this and not just stay with the status quo with the planters.”

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