Traffic study under way at ASC

(09-04-2009)

Martin/Martin Consulting Engineers is conducting a traffic study of the area around Stadium Drive and First St. on behalf of Adams State College, according to Erik van de Boogaard, Adams State Associate Vice President for Facilities Planning, Design & Construction. The college engaged the firm to evaluate the potential impact of vacating a portion of Stadium Drive and redirecting campus and through traffic around the area.

The street closure is one proposal outlined in the college's ten-year Master Campus Plan, which projects transformation of the campus north of First St., where student life and recreation facilities are located.

The firm met recently with college and city officials to identify and discuss critical issues with the proposed project, and to determine the next steps toward completing the traffic study.

The study area encompasses four roadways and five intersections. The roadways include Stadium Drive, First St., Murphy Drive, and Monterey Ave. The intersections include those at First St. & Stadium Drive, First Street & Murphy (including Mullins Avenue & Pike Avenue approaches), First St. & Monterey Ave., First Street & Richardson Ave., and Murphy Drive & Sunset St. (including the Oliver Ave. approach).

The study will analyze traffic patterns during morning and afternoon peak periods on a typical weekday. It will also take into account the elimination of Evans school traffic once the new elementary school is completed.

By Julie Waechter