Central City Council moves fast on Parkway study

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John Scarffe, Central City

The Central City Council heard a proposal for a speed study on the Central City Parkway during its regular meeting on Tuesday, February 4, in the City Hall. Joe Behm, manager of the Central City Business Improvement District, gave the background about the study.

The 8.5-mile Central City Parkway was a design build project planned and managed by AMES construction. At the time of design, the Central City Business Improvement District (CCBID) as project owner requested that design speeds meet or exceed the existing routes to Central City. Upon opening the Parkway, the District requested that the posted speeds be raised to better represent the modern, safe, four-lane design and to be reflective of the non-canyon, two-lane route to Central City. AMES responded that without historical data, limits were set conservatively.

The District has requested in the past that the City of Central again review the posted speeds, with the City declining each request for various reasons including expense of such an undertaking and lack of institutional experience. The District requests that a speed study be commissioned along with a final, professional engineering report, based upon the collected data, for the City to use as support for accurate posted limits.

The District recognizes that, following professional examination, the posted speed limits along the Parkway may increase or decrease and reasons may exist to include advisory limits on curves and at intersections. The District requests that the City allow the District to contract with professional consultants who utilize the same methodology as the Colorado Department of Transportation.

While the District would certainly entertain the City contributing to the cost of the study, the Board of Directors has agreed to contract with the firms and pay for the study without any City assistance at this time. The District asks the City to authorize the District to complete the study with the understanding that the City will use the conclusions to make any modifications to the posted Parkway speed limits.

Mayor Ron Engels stated that since the Police Department is responsible to enforce the speeds that are set, the BID will need to work with the Chief of Police to choose the firm for the study. Alderman Gloria Gaines moved to approve the Parkway Speed Study request with the understanding that the BID will work with the Police Department to choose the company, that the study will be at their cost and that the City will waive any permit fees. The motion carried unanimously.

Planning Commission Alternate

The Council approved an ordinance regarding the Planning Commission. City Attorney Marcus McAskin said the ordinance proposes minor revisions to Chapter 2, Article V, of the Municipal Code, pertaining to the City’s Planning and Zoning Commission (“Planning Commission”). The minor revisions authorize the appointment of an alternate to the Planning Commission.

This topic was discussed at the January 21, 2014, work session. The alternate will be appointed by the mayor and confirmed by a majority of City Council.
The next Council meeting is scheduled for February 18, 2014, at 7 p.m. in City Hall at 141 Nevada Street.