Downtown's Next Step
As momentum continues around improving Downtown Main Avenue, the Multimodal Division will be working with MIG to survey and inventory Downtown Main Avenue from 5th Street to 14th Street, conduct a corridor traffic study, and design a few blocks based on the conceptual design. The conceptual design includes elements to make Downtown Main Avenue more accessible and safe with curb extensions at the intersections, widened sidewalks, bicycle facility improvements, festival blocks, additional landscaping, and accessible parking.
Project design cost: $400,000
Project funding: 2015 Half Cent Sales and Use Tax Fund
The Downtown's Next Step (Pedestrian Improvement) Design project was awarded to MIG for engineering design and traffic study. Surveying of the entire corridor, Main Avenue from 5th Street to 14th Street, will be occurring in December and January. Paint will be used on Main Avenue for identifying utilities and there will be intermittent traffic control for the surveying. The first public meeting for this phase is anticipated in early 2023.
Durango's Downtown Main Avenue has gone through many changes since the 1880's. Through all of these changes, Downtown Durango has kept it's Southwest charm with the sweeping views of Smelter Mountain, Perin's Peak, the Hogsback and the brick façade buildings. In more recent times, Downtown Durango has seen the need for increased outdoor space, expanded pedestrian zones, and slower speeds as the number of people downtown has increased and the world saw a global shift of people wanting to be outside more.
Pedestrian improvements to Downtown Main Avenue have been discussed in city plans for years, including the Multimodal Transportation Plan and Comprehensive Plan. These plans discuss the need for safety, accessibility, and greater pedestrian space downtown. In December 2021, a conceptual design and visioning process was started for Downtown Main Avenue. Through this community process, a conceptual design was created.
This project will survey and inventory Downtown Main Avenue from 5th Street to 14th Street, conduct a corridor traffic study, and design a few blocks based on the conceptual design. This design phase will include 2 public meetings and online opportunities to provide feedback on the design.
Downtown's Next Step Conceptual Design
What are curb extensions?
Curb extensions commonly occur at intersections where the curb line is extended into the parking lane next to the edge of the travel lane as shown in the image. There are many benefits to curb extensions such as shorter crossing distance and exposure to traffic for pedestrians, better visibility of pedestrians preparing to cross, pedestrians can see traffic easier before crossing, narrows the field of vision which slows traffic, and tightens the turning radius slowing turning traffic. Additionally, curb extensions add space for pedestrians and other amenities like bike racks and benches. More information about curb extensions can be found here.