Landscape Architect & Specifier News

AUG 2014

LASN is a photographically oriented, professional journal featuring topics of concern and state-of-the-art projects designed or influenced by registered Landscape Architects.

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78 Landscape Architect and Specifier News Manitou Springs (Continued from page 76) • Preservation and enhancement of historic springs • Preservation and use of historic buildings and materials • Street art • Coordination with owners of private vaults underlying the street ROW • Landscape and irrigation • Public and stakeholder involvement • Coordination of public utilities • Coordination of telecom companies • Coordination with CDOT • Coordination with city staff, commissions and committees Significant features of the new streetscape in response to some of these issues included: • A "road diet" that reduced the Manitou Avenue from 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, as most stores did not have delivery access in the back because of Fountain Creek, or the mountainside. The center turn lane was 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 for the widening of existing narrow sidewalks by approximately 6 feet on each side creating an 11 to 12-foot sidewalk, which greatly improved pedestrian comfort and safety. • New sidewalks were divided into a minimum 6-foot wide "pedestrian zone," and a 5-6-foot "amenity zone." The pedestrian zone is paved in a light red colored concrete, in accordance with the city's codes for the historic district to simulate sandstone slabs historically used for Manitou sidewalks. The amenity zone paving is Above Bump-outs at pedestrian crossings with seat-walled planters improve pedestrian safety and offer space for landscaping and additional seating. The striping announces the crosswalks. The center travel lane uses the same sandstone colored concrete as the sidewalks. The sidewalk trees are 'Spring Snow' crabapples. Bottom Right The old wooden arbor made way for a new metal arbor (ICON). The Stratton Spring fountain was relocated and given a new base, a cast-in- form colored concrete to simulate greenstone. The seat wall is the same faux greenstone fascia, capped with sandstone. The grey pavers are from Pavestone. Right The design and construction of a mountable (as opposed to "barrier") roundabout at the Ruxton Avenue/ Manitou Avenue intersection was intended to relieve congestion at this intersection caused by traffic to and from the Pikes Peak Cog Railway. It was designed as mountable to allow large trucks room to make their turns when delivering equipment for the railway. Colored concrete and colored, broken glass were integrated to create a mural for the center of the roundabout. (Continued on page 94)

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