City removing one lane of Cascade Avenue to add bike lane, longer turn lanes

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Map shows the new traffic configuration on Cascade Avenue between Platte Avenue and Bijou Street. City of Colorado Springs

A new traffic configuration is coming to Cascade Avenue in downtown Colorado Springs starting next week. 

City spokeswoman Kim Melchor said the city is removing the outside travel lane of Cascade Avenue in both directions between Boulder and Jackson streets. The lane will be replaced with a buffered bike lane. 

“The city is reducing the number of travel lanes on Cascade Avenue to address significant safety concerns for pedestrians,” the city said in a statement. “However, reducing the full length of Cascade between Boulder and Jackson streets will provide a consistent flow of traffic along the extent of Cascade Avenue and allow for the installation of a bicycle connection.”

The city will also be implementing several other changes along the route. 

  • The two left turn lanes from northbound Cascade Avenue onto westbound Bijou Street will be extended to accommodate more cars with each signal rotation. 
  • The bike lane and right turn lane on southbound Cascade Avenue at Bijou Street will be modified to reduce conflicts between cars turning right and bicycles, and to improve traffic flow for southbound cars accessing Interstate 25 via Bijou Street. 
  • The left turn lane from northbound Cascade Avenue onto westbound Uintah Street will be lengthened to accommodate more cars with each signal rotation. 
  • The number of crosswalks on Cascade Avenue between Cache La Poudre and Uintah streets will be reduced from four crosswalks with flashing lights to two standard crosswalks. 

Crews will start restriping the road on Tuesday. The new configuration is expected to be in place by Thursday. 

>> Tap here for more information about the Cascade Avenue project

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