North Avenue ETC

The Regional Transportation Planning Office (RTPO) and City of Grand Junction are leading an Enhanced Transit Corridor Study on North Avenue from 1st Street to the I-70 Business Loop. This project will define a vision for the corridor and identify a set of prioritized infrastructure projects to make the corridor more comfortable for people biking, walking, and taking transit.

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Project Context

North Avenue is a highly traveled corridor by all modes of transportation and is a State Highway (US-6) that transects the heart of the Grand Valley with many local and regional destinations. The two Grand Valley Transit (GVT) bus routes that serve North Avenue (Route 5 and Route 9) each have double the transit ridership of any other route in the GVT system. Additionally, between 2015 and 2019 there were 70 crashes in the corridor involving bicyclists and pedestrians, which speaks to both the high level of multimodal activity in the corridor and traffic safety concerns.

Final Study Recommendations

1.Buildout of the Multiuse Trail

  • Prioritize completing one side

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2.Pedestrian & Bicycle Safety Improvements

  • Conduct a bicycle and pedestrian safety study
  • Consider operational safety improvements
  • Prohibit right-on-red
  • Extend “WALK” phase
  • Leading pedestrian interval
  • Protecting left-turn movements
  • Bicycle detection at signals
  • Signing & striping bicycle crossings at driveways/intersection

3.Compete Adjacent Sidewalk Network

  • Prioritize arterial & collector streets: Elm Avenue, 28 Road, 28 ½ Road

 

4.New Pedestrian Crossings (new signals at 15th Street, 21st Street, and 29 ¼ Road)

5.New Bicycle Crossing (improvements at 3rd Street)

6.Transit – Bus Stop Improvements

  • All bus stops to be within 200 feet of a signalized crossing, include pullouts, include basic amenities (and most with additional amenities)
  • Procure shelter kit using specs
  • Refine and apply a North Avenue specific branding

7.Transit – Speed & Reliability Improvements

  • Increase frequency
  • Convert to fare free or add off-board fare payment
  • Implement TSP (compatible with existing equipment)
  • Re-examine converting to in-line stops long term

8.Policy Recommendations (consolidate driveways through zoning, Amend Municipal Code so bicyclists do not have to dismount at street crossings)

 

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Community Involvement!

Community Outreach was done through a variety of ways:

Visioning Survey- closed December 19, 2021

Open House

  • November 16th, 4-6pm Lincoln Park Barn-  Open House Boards 
  • August 4th, 4-5:30pm, Mesa County Central Library

Focus Groups

  • Small group discussions were held with business owners, human service organizations on North Ave, GJ High School and D51 Career Center, and the Urban Trails Committee

Contact dana.brosig@mesacounty.us with project questions

Project Background

In 2007 and 2011, The North Avenue Corridor Plan established a long-term vision for North Avenue that includes a parallel multiuse trail on both sides of the street with a landscape buffer and on-street bike lanes. That project also modified zoning standards, resulting in sidewalk and landscaping improvements at various locations across the corridor as properties have redeveloped over the last decade.

Standard design identified for the corridor

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North Avenue has been identified as a key multimodal connection in a number of City and regional plans including:

  • One Grand Junction Comprehensive Plan (2020) . North Avenue is identified in the as a corridor to improve and enhance transit connections and equally prioritize transit with other modes to encourage use of transit, bicycling, and walking.
  • 2045 Regional Transportation Plan (2020) identifies North Avenue as an Enhanced Transit Corridor due to its high ridership and potential for transit-oriented development.
  • Grand Junction Circulation Plan (2018) identifies North Avenue as an active transportation corridor.

Study Timeline

This project kicked-off in October 2021 and wrapped up in July, 2022, with final design and construction of near-term improvements beginning in 2023.Phase II of the project will include implementation of recommendations including construction of a portion of the multi-use path

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Project Team

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