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Aurora looks for mobility solutions in older neighborhoods

Our Colorado: Cutting traffic in 'Original Aurora'
Posted: 8:00 AM, May 09, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-09 10:00:32-04

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AURORA, Colo. — Getting around in "Original Aurora" can be a challenge if you don't have a car. The older area of town bordered by Montview and 25th from north to south and Yosemite and Peoria from east to west, lacks some modern amenities like bike lanes and wide sidewalks. But the City of Aurora is hoping to change that.

On Wednesday, there's a public meeting to update the public and get input on the Northwest Aurora Mobility Study. The city is looking for ways to reduce traffic congestion amid an influx of development , including a new veterans' housing development and new apartment construction.

"Northwest Aurora, original Aurora, is one of those areas where we don't have facilities we would build today. The challenge is how do we fit desired and needed improvements like functional sidewalks or bicycle facilities into those existing conditions," says Anna Bunce, the traffic manager for the City of Aurora.

The city has been working on the  Northwest Aurora Mobility Study since the start of 2018. Officials are still working to get additional funding to move forward. In the meantime, a series of public meetings has been scheduled to update the public and get feedback.

The next meeting is Wednesday, May 9th from 5 to 7 p.m. It's the second of three public meetings where officials will present alternative concepts, and take input from neighbors.