The city of Durango will conduct design work for traffic calming improvements to 32nd Street from East 2nd Avenue to Holly Avenue. The project will involve designing traffic calming elements and improvements to sidewalks, curb ramps and transit stops to create a safer corridor for all users.
The proposed traffic calming project will address speed and safety concerns with design elements that narrow the roadway and help slow traffic. Options include buffered bike lanes, narrower traffic lanes, intermittent landscaped medians, traffic calming circles and improved crosswalks.
The design process will go through the end of 2021 and will include two public meetings to gather feedback from the community. More information will be provided when available. The 32nd Street Traffic Calming project will integrate with the County Road 250 and 251 improvement project, which is also in the design phase.
“Most of us have seen people speed on 32nd Street, and possibly sped ourselves,” said Devin King, multimodal administrator. “It is a wide-open road, which makes drivers feel comfortable driving at faster speeds. Vulnerable users on this road, including bicyclists and pedestrians, are at higher risk of being involved in a crash when vehicles are travelling faster.”
The vision of the city’s Multimodal Transportation Plan is for Durango to be safe enough for a middle-age child to navigate the city safely on their own by biking, walking or using transit. “This project, by enhancing a major corridor, is another step towards this vision,” King said.
Funding for the design project comes from the 2015 Half Cent Sales and Use Tax. For more information, call (970) 375-4955 or visit DurangoGov.org/32ndSt