Upgrades ahead for downtown Morrison

Grant will provide funding for more than $500,000 in improvements

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 6/1/21

Downtown Morrison will get more than a half million dollars in upgrades thanks to a state Safer Main Street Grant. “This is amazing,” Town Manager Kara Winters said. “We will be doing crosswalk …

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Upgrades ahead for downtown Morrison

Grant will provide funding for more than $500,000 in improvements

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Downtown Morrison will get more than a half million dollars in upgrades thanks to a state Safer Main Street Grant.

“This is amazing,” Town Manager Kara Winters said. “We will be doing crosswalk improvement, installing traffic-calming medians and striping areas to hopefully add parking for the town. The crosswalks are huge. We’re trying to make them all (Americans With Disabilities Act) accessible.”

Winters said the town is sending out a request for proposals for an engineering firm, and she expects the work to be done in fall 2022.

The total project cost will be $532,500, with $426,000 coming from CDOT grants. The town will kick in the remaining funds, expecting to reap many benefits for town businesses, residents and tourists alike.

Winters said the town will host meetings with the community to get input on the five projects the grant will pay for, especially since businesses are concerned about where trucks will be able to make deliveries and want to make sure the upgrades will improve the town.

The five projects and the general proposals are:

• Eastern crosswalk upgrade: Design an upgraded to the crossing on Highway 8 between Mount Vernon Road and Market Street, adding curb bump-outs, a pedestrian crossing, pedestrian-activated flashing warnings and a raised median with planter boxes.

• Highway 8 and Stone Street intersection upgrade: Intersection upgrades and traffic-calming elements on both roads in conjunction with CDOT plans to reconstruct the intersection. In addition, there will be pedestrian crossings, landscaped curb bump-outs and a pedestrian refuge island.

• Mount Vernon Creek bridge-crossing upgrade: A better crossing for the Mount Vernon Creek bridge including a ramp to make it ADA accessible with curb bump-outs on the north side.

• South Park Avenue crossing: An upgraded crossing of Highway 8 including a raised, planted median with an upgraded pedestrian crossing between South Park Avenue and the Highway 8/Maple Street intersection. The traffic light at South Park Avenue is expected to be removed.

• Analyze and design the removal and reinstallation of parallel parking and bicycle markings.

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