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Traffic light planned for College Drive and Second Avenue

Construction could happen in 2017
This is an early rendering of a two-hotel complex that may be built on East Second Avenue. This construction project would change how traffic flows in the intersection of East Second Avenue and College Drive. A traffic light is proposed at the intersection to help control traffic.

A traffic light could be installed at College Drive and East Second Avenue next year.

In addition, the city is considering adding a bike lane in that area and reducing some of the parking, said Transportation and Sustainability Director Amber Blake.

The public is invited Monday to review plans for the intersection and other improvements that will extend from Main Avenue to East Third Avenue.

“We will be showing the current design configuration and we’ll be gathering comment on that,” Blake said.

The improvements are planned because traffic in that area is expected to change when a new hotel project is built on east Second Avenue between 4th and 5th streets.

A striped bike lane could help improve safety and comfort for cyclists, she said.

“We need to figure how to accommodate bike, pedestrian and vehicular traffic in that particular area,” she said.

Options for an improved crossing for pedestrians and bikes along Camino del Rio between Eighth and 12th streets will also be discussed.

The crossing garnered so much attention during a recent meeting that the city wants to continue the conversation. The Durango City Council might pay for a study next year that would examine a tunnel under Camino del Rio that could connect the Animas River Trail to Main Avenue.

At Monday’s meeting, residents will be able to review options for different styles of crosswalks.

The meeting will be interactive so that residents can comment on maps.

The input provided will be incorporated into the Multimodal Transportation Master Plan and the Camino del Rio Character District plan, which will guide construction projects.

Public outcry for certain projects can increase how highly the city ranks them as a priority.

A draft of the Multimodal Transportation Master Plan will be released in October.

mshinn@durangoherald.com

If you go

A city meeting focused on the College Drive and East Second Avenue intersection and Camino del Rio will be 6:45 to 8 p.m. Monday at Ska Brewing. Refreshments will be provided.

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