30th Street Connect

Current Status:

A safe pedestrian and cyclist crossing is being designed for North Main Ave. near 30th Street. We want your input. Please see the below proposed crossing locations and complete the survey here. Survey deadline is February 26, 2021.

View survey results and public comment here!

Project Background

In order to address a lack of safe pedestrian crossings and transit stop accessibility in the North Main corridor, CDOT Region 5 in coordination with the City of Durango, intends to install ADA curb ramps, a beacon or signal and pedestrian refuge near 30th Street and North Main Avenue (US Hwy 550). There is currently no safe pedestrian crossing for one-quarter of a mile along Durango’s densely populated North Main Corridor from 27th Street to 32nd Street. 

Within this quarter of a mile stretch, there is a high need for safe pedestrian and cyclist connections to transit stops, school zones, residential neighborhoods, businesses, medical facilities, pedestrian amenities (such as the Animas River Trail), and important community services. The project will increase visibility, provide access and connection, reduce traffic speeds, and increase awareness for drivers so that they are more likely to be aware of pedestrians and cyclists making crucial connections to transit facilities, school zones, local businesses, medical facilities, community services, and residential areas. 

The City of Durango has been awarded $75,000 of Multi Modal Options Funds (MMOF) which was funded at the State Level out of Senate Bill 267 and $25,000 from the State Transportation Innovation Council (STIC) funding program. The City of Durango is providing a local contribution of $95,000 from 2015 Half Cent Sales and Use Tax Funds.

The need for this crossing was identified in both the Multimodal Transportation Plan and the North Main Avenue Corridor Mobility Study. The community placed a high priority on planning for transit service improvements, expansion, and transit convenience in the Multimodal Transportation Plan. The project will support this priority by improving first-mile and last-mile connections to transit, as well as provide essential East and West crossings of North Main Avenue. Multiple letters of support for this North Main Avenue crossing have been submitted to the City of Durango and can be found in the link below.

Click Here to see letters of support.

A diagram of a midblock crossing with a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon.

Proposed Locations

CDOT has proposed 5 different location options for crossings on North Main Avenue near 30th Street. The crossings would be outfitted with a crosswalk, pedestrian refuge island and a Rectangular Rapid Flashing Beacon (RRFB). An example of a RRFB signal in Durango is located at Camino del Rio and 7th Street. 

RRFB's have been shown to be significantly effective at achieving yielding compliance. According to FHWA research, RRFBs can enhance safety by reducing crashes between vehicles and pedestrians at unsignalized intersections and mid-block pedestrian crossings by increasing driver awareness of potential pedestrian conflicts. They are best used with refuge islands to help naturally reduce traffic speeds and provide pedestrians with an intermediate safety refuge while crossing multiple lanes of traffic. 

The proposed crossing locations include midblock and intersection crossings. Midblock crossings are useful designs in situations where there are midblock transit stops and/or businesses that are located midblock with shared patrons who are likely to cross midblock instead of walking around to the intersection. In this case, the midblock between 29th Street and 30th Street has midblock transit stops as well as a hotel across from restaurants. Additional information regarding midblock crossings can be found here.

Image showing CDOT's 5 pedestrian crossing location options on Main between 29th and 31st.
*Please note that these locations are not numbered or listed in any sort of preference. The locations are labeled with numbers for simplicity in differentiating. 

Location 1

A midblock crossing between 30th St and 29th St between the two transit stops in front of Birds and Quality Inn.

Pros:

  • Provides midblock connection between transit stops and businesses.
  • No traffic restrictions to 30th St.
  • Minimal potential conflicts between pedestrians crossing and traffic turning. 

Cons:

  • Impedes left turns into Birds for northbound trucks with trailers.
  • Restricts left turns out of Birds and creates a potentially unsafe maneuver for people who attempt to turn left.
  • Presents a challenging maneuver for cyclists.

Location 2

A midblock crossing between 30th St and 29th St directly in front of Quality Inn south of the exit for Birds.

Pros:

  • Provides midblock connection between transit stops and businesses.
  • No traffic restrictions to 30th St.
  • Minimal impact to business accesses. 

Cons:

  • Creates a tighter turning movement into Quality Inn for southbound traffic on N Main Ave. 
  • Presents a challenging maneuver for cyclists.

Location 3

A crossing on the north side of 30th St and N Main Ave intersection.

Pros:

  • Creates connection at the intersection where pedestrians and bicyclists are accustomed to crossing. 
  • Minimal traffic restrictions to businesses with direct access on N Main Ave.
  • Provides efficient route to Mountain Middle School. 

Cons:

  • Restricts southbound traffic turning left onto 30th St and traffic turning left from 30th St onto N Main Ave to go north. 
  • Creates a difficult maneuver for northbound traffic on N Main Ave turning left into Four Corner Stove and Spas parking lot. 
  • Potential unsafe conflicts with pedestrians and traffic turning onto N Main Ave from 30th St.

Location 4

A median at the 30th St and Main Ave intersection with crossings on both the north and south sides of the intersection. 

Pros:

  • Creates connection at the intersection where pedestrians and bicyclists are used to crossing. 
  • Ability to cross on both the north and south sides of 30th St. 
  • Provides efficient route to Mountain Middle School. 

Cons:

  • Blocks all left turns at 30th St and N Main Ave intersection. 
  • Restricts southbound traffic on N Main Ave from making left turn into laundromat. 
  • Potential unsafe conflicts with pedestrians and traffic turning onto N Main Ave from 30th St.
  • Cost is higher for a larger median and two crossings. 

Location 5

A midblock crossing between 30th St and 31st St directly in front of A Smile By Design and Days Inn parking lot.

Pros:

  • Minimal impacts to business accesses from N Main Ave. 
  • No traffic restrictions to 30th St.
  • Closer to Mountain Middle School. 

Cons:

  • No improvement to transit stop connectivity. 
  • An out-of-the-way location for bicyclists crossing N Main Ave.
Image of CDOT proposed midblock crossing location #5 between 30th and 31st on Main.

Public Input

You have an opportunity to participate in the process by completing a survey regarding the above proposed locations for the 30th St crossing.

Click here to take the survey and let us know your thoughts!