Granby approves pedestrian crosswalk
August 30, 2016
If you've ever crossed Agate Avenue in Granby on foot you know how daunting of a proposition it can be.
The phrase, "taking your life in your own hands" comes to mind, or perhaps "taking your life on your own feet" would be more appropriate. For residents hoping to cross Agate Ave. on the east end of Granby there will soon be a reprieve from the danger though after a new pedestrian crosswalk is installed.
Agate Avenue in Granby is not a normal town street. The road serves as the main thoroughfare for the town of Granby and also serves interstate commerce and other functions as US Highway 40. Highway traffic moving through Grand County must traverse Granby proper through the middle of town on Agate Ave./US 40.
The road sees significant levels of traffic throughout the high tourist seasons and also sees modestly high numbers of large commercial vehicles such as 18-wheelers and delivery trucks. The four-lane road is separated by a single middle turning lane.
Last week the Granby Board of Trustees voted unanimously to approve the purchase and installation of a flashing crosswalk sign for pedestrian use on Agate Ave. The Granby Design Committee brought the request before the Board with committee members Rod Lock and Michele Snow presenting.
The flashing crosswalk will be installed near the corner of Agate Ave. and 4th Street in Granby, between Azteca Mexican Restaurant and Mad Munchies and will be attached to existing municipal light poles. The crosswalk sign will be solar powered and would flash after a pedestrian, who wishes to cross Agate Ave., pushes a button to activate the crosswalk.
The need for such a safety measure was strongly supported by several Board members including Trustee Becky Johnson who relayed a personal story about nearly being hit by a car while crossing Agate Ave. Granby has several crosswalk locations up and down Agate Ave. and during summer months free-standing pedestrian cross-walk signs are placed in the middle of the highway at predetermined locations.
Design Committee members expressed their concern for pedestrians in winter months, when the freestanding crosswalk signs are removed from Agate Ave., the road becomes caked with a thick layer of hard packed snow and when darkness falls much earlier each day.
According to Committee member Snow the crosswalk would be very similar to the flashing crosswalk setup employed by the town of Empire, on the southern side of Berthoud Pass. The Design Committee hopes to have the flashing crosswalk installed by Halloween this year. The price tag for the single solar powered crosswalk setup was tallied at $4,691.48.