REPURPOSING AUTO DOMINATED HIGHWAY AS ACTIVATED PEDESTRIAN ZONE
6TH STREET CORRIDORGLENWOOD SPRINGS, CO
UTILIZING DOT INFRASTRUCTURE OPPORTUNITY TO ENHANCE COMMUNITY
The City of Glenwood Springs initiated a master planning study of the 6th Street corridor in response to the major infrastructure improvements to the Grand Avenue Bridge and I-70 interchange that will dramatically change the character of north Glenwood Springs and 6th Street. The goal of the planning efforts is to anticipate public improvements that the Grand Avenue Bridge project will set in motion such as streetscape improvements, bike facilities, public parking, and a neighborhood park. The plan maintains the original character of surrounding neighborhoods, while changing the auto-dominated character of east 6th Street.
PEDESTRIAN ZONES, RECREATIONAL TRAILS AND CONNECTIVITY
Due to a major interchange reconfiguration, two blocks of 6th Street will lose 80% of vehicular traffic once the new Grand Avenue bridge is constructed. This provides an opportunity to refocus 6th Street as a pedestrian zone, and to serve as an extension of 7th Street and downtown via a new and improved pedestrian bridge. The plan reinforces Glenwood Springs as an outdoor recreation destination, with scenic and nationally renowned regional trails through Glenwood Canyon and the Roaring Fork Valley. Regional activity centers are identified, and connectivity between downtown, north Glenwood Springs, Two Rivers Park, and Meadows Shopping Center will be facilitated through trails, bridges and bike lanes.