Michael from Denver writes, “What is driving you crazy? More of a pedestrian-based rant. Why, on such a busy egress route as 17th Ave, are there no walk signals at the intersections of 17th & Logan, and 17th & Grant!?! I can't think of any other intersection between Broadway and Colorado Blvd on 17th that doesn't have walk signals. When crossing, pedestrians have no idea how soon the light will change.”
Good news Michael. Starting next year, Denver Public Works will rebuild both signals at 17th & Logan and 17th & Grant. The improvements include adding those pedestrian countdown signals you requested to provide people like you with a better idea of how long you’ll have to cross the street.
Denver Public Works will also rebuild the pedestrian ramps so it is easier to walk from the sidewalk onto the street. The old, unattractive, current span wire signal system that hangs there now will be replaced with a more noticeable & durable mast arm system.
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Denver Public Works tells me they hope to finish the design of the new signals this year and they expect to start construction next summer. In addition, they plan to make improvements at a few other intersections along 17th Avenue between Broadway and Colorado Blvd.
Until then Michael, just be very careful crossing the street, as I've seen some drivers who have a bad habit of speeding up to get through the yellow lights.
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