Earlier this summer, the City of Colorado Springs Traffic Engineering Division conducted two virtual public meetings to report on traffic analysis conclusions and to solicit feedback from the public. Based on the results of the traffic analysis, the thoughtful survey responses of about 200 members of the public, and the values and needs for the Southeast area of Colorado Springs expressed throughout this process, the City Traffic Engineering Division has made the decision to move forward with extending bike lanes along the half-mile segment of Jet Wing Drive between north of Baytown Drive and South Academy Boulevard.
In late 2019, in advance of the proposed 2020 repaving project, the City launched a traffic analysis of several proposed traffic calming and bicycle-network projects in the Southeast, including the Hancock Expressway, Chelton Road and this final segment of Jet Wing Drive.
"Based on the values the community shared this summer through the Safer Roads Southeast public process, we believe these changes to a low-volume road will serve the needs of the community for a safer, calmer, multimodal roadway that will also support redevelopment efforts in this area," said Kate Brady, Senior Bicycle Planer for the City of Colorado Springs.
Proposed roadway improvements for Chelton Road and the Hancock Expressway are still being evaluated. The City is committed to providing infrastructure that will provide bicycle connections, improve safety for all roadway users and do so with minimal impact on level of service of the roadways. Based on what we heard during the public meetings, and to make the best decision for the neighborhood, the City has have gone back to the traffic consultants to develop options at the Fountain Boulevard and South Academy Boulevard intersections. The additional information and options from the consultant will help guide the City's final decision, anticipated by the end of this year, and assure a project that people in the Southeast will be comfortable using.