Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2014

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Above and Right Manitou Avenue's "road diet" converted four travel lanes to two travel lanes and a center lane for left turns, emergency vehicles and delivery truck parking. The center lane was necessary for deliveries. Most stores don't have room for deliveries behind their buildings, as Fountain Creek or the mountainside interfere. The center turn lane is paved with patterned, colored concrete to add emphasis, and to break up the asphalt paving used for the travel lanes. The reduction of one traffic lane allowed widening the narrow sidewalks by 6 feet on each side, creating 11 to 12-foot sidewalks for greater pedestrian movement. Opposite Page Before the renovation, narrow, broken sidewalks and obstacles in the walks, such as utility poles and trees, greatly restricted walkability. A preponderance of overhead utility lines, some no longer in use, were not only unattractive, but spoiled views of the mountains. Placing utility lines underground was critical in creating a clean, uncluttered look. August 2014 73

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