A construction project to widen a road at a problem intersection, more frequent patrols from law enforcement, and staggered arrival times for Schriever Air Force Base personnel are part of the proposed antidote.
Two airmen were killed on a November 2013 morning on their way to the base after the vehicle they were traveling in swerved to avoid a couch, police reported. Items that fall off vehicles, intended for a landfill along the highway, become potential hazards that drivers must avoid.
CDOT traffic program engineer Sasan Delshad wrote in a memo to the PPACG board that speed changes and a lack of turn lanes at access roads and residential driveways are the major cause of the 250 crashes reported along the section between July 1, 2009, and June 30, 2014.
There were five fatal crashes along the corridor over the five-year period that was studied. Two fatal crashes, which occurred in January and February 2015, were included in the report.
Adding intersection warning signs and lighting to certain intersections and improving snow plowing and sanding during the winter could help reduce crashes, according to Delshad’s memo. Also expected to help is an August road widening project at Marksheffel Road and increased law enforcement patrols.
Schriever officials also staggered the start time for its 7,700 employees between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. to reduce congestion, the memo said. PPACG board members said during the June 10 meeting that they would like to see a better process for removing items from the roadway.
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