Line painting planned for next year as part of Oakmont’s pedestrian safety improvements

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An Oakmont pedestrian safety project, inspired by a traffic study and a borough Girl Scout, is planned for next year.

Borough officials earmarked $40,000 in the 2021 budget for line painting for crosswalks along Allegheny River Boulevard and Allegheny Avenue.

It is unclear how much painting could be done with that amount of money.

The decision to improve the crosswalks was done after reviewing a traffic study by Wooster and Associates of Pittsburgh and a report from resident Audrey Myers, a ninth-grader at Riverview High School.

“I think she inspired us to move forward on it, and she has given us a wonderful tool to work with,” Councilwoman Nancy Ride said. “We’re able to use it rather than doing our research with our own staff, and we thank her.”

Audrey examined about 120 intersections this past spring and noted the quality of the crosswalks and whether there were sidewalk ramps. Audrey also took photos of all of the intersections.

She submitted her data to the borough in March. Officials put that data into an interactive dashboard for Oakmont’s geographic information systems a few months later.

According to Audrey’s report, 53 of the intersections examined had crosswalks while 61 only had sidewalk ramps.

Out of those crosswalks, seven were listed in good condition, 20 in fair condition, 21 were poor and three earned mixed reviews.

Myers is a member of Girl Scout Troop 52359 in Oakmont and Boy Scout Troop 9143 in Monroeville.

Her efforts will go toward her Girl Scouts Silver Award.

The traffic study was released a few months ago. It included an analysis of traffic along Allegheny Avenue, Third Street and Cedar Way from Hulton

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City contractors install 250-foot pedestrian bridge downtown | Colorado Springs News

City contractors lifted a 250-foot-long pedestrian bridge into place Monday over the railroad tracks between the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Museum and America the Beautiful Park downtown.

The $20 million bridge is an extension of the architectural themes of the museum and expected to become an iconic structure in its own right that will attract visitors, Mayor John Suthers said Monday.

“I am unabashedly calling it the bridge to the future,” he said. 

The structure is the latest step in the revitalization of southwest downtown, a vision that’s been decades in the making and is now coming to fruition with improvements along Vermijo Avenue, the museum’s opening and the construction of the stadium southwest of Cimarron and Sahwatch streets.

Putting the bridge in place was a slow and steady process that required large self-propelled modular transporters, vehicles that provide stable platforms on numerous wheels to lift the bridge into place, said Ryan Phipps, senior engineer with the city of Colorado Springs.

Colorado Springs residents Marilyn Dehls and Linda Troyer were among the curious who gathered to watch crews maneuver the bridge into place. Their curiosity grew out of thinking it would be a feat of engineering worth seeing, Troyer said. 

“It’s all very futuristic. … It looks like something that would be out at the Air Force Academy,” Dehls said of the museum and bridge. 

The bridge came to Colorado Springs in six pieces and crews assembled it before it was placed over the railroad tracks because construction could not disrupt freight traffic for an extended period, Phipps said. 

Architects considered using a crane to place the bridge, but they determined the remote controlled vehicles would be the safest way to lift the 300-ton steel and concrete structure, said Holly Deichmann Chacon, the bridge’s architect with Diller Scofidio + Renfro. 

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Pedestrian, bicyclist safety improvements on tap for East Palm Canyon


2019 had the second-highest number of pedestrian fatalities in a decade. The worst year was 2016, when 29 people died.


Safety improvements, including a new sidewalk, are on tap for a stretch of East Palm Canyon Drive in Palm Springs.

Work is ongoing in the stretch between South Palm Canyon Drive and Sunrise Way. The $1.9 million project is expected to benefit pedestrians and bicyclists in the area.

The sidewalk is being installed along the eastbound lanes, west of Sunrise.

Other improvements include new crosswalks at various intersections and new street lights at the curve where South Palm Canyon meets East Palm Canyon, Assistant City Manager Marcus Fuller said.

The sidewalk portion in particular has caught the attention of local residents. It’s being built across a dirt lot that’s existed for years and disrupted joggers in particular.

“There’s sort of a dirt path on a small stretch and it makes running less smooth,” Palm Springs resident Alexis Linehan, 48, said as she jogged Thursday morning, briefly stopping because she was unsure she could go on the project site. “It’s an odd gap and really stands out. Everywhere else there’s pavement.”

The new crosswalks will be installed along East Palm Canyon at Sonora Road, Avenida Palmera, Calle Palo Fierro, Deep Well Road and Sagebrush Road. They will include flashing beacons to alert motorists pedestrians are trying to cross the street.

Completion is expected by mid-December.

Construction is the result of a valleywide effort to improve safety after an increase in pedestrian fatalities across the desert.

In 2016, 29 pedestrians died after being hit by vehicles across the Coachella Valley. It was the region’s highest number of pedestrian fatalities during a calendar year over the past decade.

The Coachella Valley Association of Governments announced, in response, it would issue grants

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