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Roadwork to begin Monday on north Main Avenue

CDOT will install rapid-flashing beacon for pedestrian crossing between 29th and 30th streets

Colorado Department of Transportation will complete construction of a midblock pedestrian crossing on north Main Avenue, between 29th and 30th streets, beginning Monday.

Travelers will experience construction from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday to Friday, Aug. 19. Single-lane closures are to be expected, and CDOT advises travelers to allow extra time for their commute.

The project includes the installation of a rectangular rapid-flashing beacon. This can alert oncoming traffic to pedestrians attempting to walk across Main Avenue. The crossing also includes a raised pedestrian island that was constructed in late June.

The plan was implemented after CDOT realized the distance between signal crossings at 27th Street and 32nd Street were an inconvenience to pedestrians trying to cross the busy thoroughfare.

“We’re hoping that pedestrians will now have another place to take advantage of crossing the highway and north Main safely and not have to play a game of Frogger trying to get across the road,” said CDOT spokesperson Lisa Schwantes.

CDOT warns pedestrians that the crosswalk will not be functional until flashing lights are installed. Installation of the beacon should be completed by Aug. 19. Previous attempts to install the signal were delayed because of supply issues.

“They were not available about a month or two ago when we had completed the ADA (Americans with Disabilities Act) ramps on either side of the roadway, as well as the center median,” Schwantes said.

tbrown@durangoherald.com

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