- 32nd Street Traffic Calming
32nd Street Traffic Calming
The design project has entered into the final stages of design with the 90% plan set being completed and reviewed by city staff. The 90% plan set can be found here.
The design team will be making final adjustments to the plan set with final construction plans anticipated to be complete in early summer 2023. Construction is currently anticipated in 2025.
This project will involve designing traffic calming elements on 32nd Street from E 2nd Avenue to Holly Avenue to create a safer corridor for pedestrians and cyclists. 32nd Street is one of two minor arterial roads (the other is Florida Road) that connect the northeast side of Durango to Main Avenue making it a busy roadway for vehicles, pedestrians, and bicyclists.
The project will integrate with improvements for County Road 250/251, which are also in the design phase.
Project design cost: $198,070
Project funding: 2015 Half Cent Sales and Use Tax Fund
An Open House was held on August 24, 2022 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Durango Community Recreation Center in the Eolus Room. Around 50 people attended the open house and provided feedback on the 60% design plans, which can be found here. A summary of the meeting can be found here.
A virtual public meeting was held for this project on September 30, 2021 to receive public input regarding the conceptual plans. Presentation slides from the meeting can be found in Spanish here and in English here. Audio from the conceptual public meeting can be found below.
Traffic calming is the use of roadway design elements to slow traffic speeds and improve safety for pedestrians, cyclists and vehicles. These can include:
- Vertical elements such as landscaped medians and bollards
- Narrowing of the roadway with bike lanes and reduced travel lane widths
- Pinch points created by curb extensions at crosswalks
- Traffic calming circles
Designing a roadway for slower speeds reduces the need for traffic enforcement and helps reduce the number of accidents. Traffic calming is a long-term, more equitable solution to reducing speeding. More information about traffic calming from the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) can be found here and from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT) here.
The images below show existing conditions on 32nd Street and what 32nd Street could look like with traffic calming design elements such as buffered bike lanes and intermittent landscaped medians. Design elements such as medians would be used in locations that do not restrict access to driveways, not the entire length of the roadway.
32nd Street currently
32nd Street with traffic calming elements: Landscaped median (planting strip) and narrowed travel lane with bicycle lane buffer
The city's Multimodal Transportation Plan has a vision of a "fully-connected transportation network that provides for an outstanding transit, bicycling and walking community in Durango." To measure this vision, we consider whether a middle-school aged child is able to safely and conveniently access transit, bike or walk independently throughout Durango. Safety, a large component of this vision, is achieved with various methods including reduction of speeds where pedestrians and bicyclists interact with vehicles.
The speed limit on 32nd Street is 25 mph, but not everyone goes 25 mph. The street’s wide open design, gives drivers a false sense of awareness and safety while travelling at higher speeds. While enforcement can help reduce speeding, improved roadway design can be a more long-term solution to slow traffic speeds.
The below image depicts the impact vehicle speed has on pedestrian fatalities based on data provided by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Image: Seattle Department of Transportation
The city will be working with engineering professionals at Bohannan Huston and community members to determine what traffic calming elements will be best suited to improve the safety of 32nd Street.
For more information, please contact multimodal@DurangoGov.org or 970-375-4955.