The first of three phases to improve safety along Mineral Avenue between Polo Ridge and Platte Canyon has been completed. The city initiated a meeting with residents to gain feedback on issues and concerns before collecting data about traffic volumes and operations in the area. The main objective was to address safety for pedestrians and drivers trying to gain access in and out of the adjacent neighborhoods.
The first phase of implementation for the Mineral Avenue project focused on low-cost improvements like striping and signage modifications. That area now has designated right turn lanes, a wider median, crosswalks, and signage to draw attention to the nearby trail. The speed limit on this stretch of Mineral Avenue has also been reduced, from 45 miles per hour to 40 miles per hour to correspond with the change in lane use and to create a more consistent operation with the roadway to the west.
Future phases will require physical changes to the streetscape and, thus, more in-depth design and approval prior to implementation. Phase two will focus on improving traffic flow around the Platte Canyon Road and Mineral Avenue intersection and the third phase will emphasize improving trail crossing safety and increasing accessibility for the apartments and retail businesses in the area near Platte Canyon Road.