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Granby: Stop light to be installed at City Market intersection

Tonya Bina
Sky-Hi Daily News
Byron Hetzler/Sky-Hi Daily News
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A group of 10 Granby citizens who spent three days in the lobby of City Market gathering signatures for a traffic light petition may be successful in seeing one installed at the Grand Elk-U.S. Highway 40 intersection.

The town obtained the news that the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has agreed that the intersection is a busy one and needs a light.

“Sometime in the summer, we should see an operational traffic signal,” Granby Town Manager David Huseman said, explaining that the paperwork still needs to be finished and CDOT must obtain bids on the project.

A number of close-calls and accidents led to citizens lobbying for the light last summer.

One Grand Lake citizen told Town Trustee Ed Raffety that if one wasn’t installed soon, she’d stop buying her groceries at the Granby City Market.

In a two-year period, as many as nine multi-vehicle accidents have taken place at the intersection, Granby Police reported.

One of them occurred while CDOT employees were surveying the intersection to assess whether a traffic light was needed.

“I had a number of people ask me about what the town was doing about it,” Raffety said.

The town had been talking to CDOT, but nothing was happening to secure Granby’s second stop light.

“They’re a big outfit, and a lot of people are pressuring them, Raffety said. “Whether it’s a pothole or a stop light, everyone wants something out of them.”

So Raffety went down a different avenue. He organized petitioners.

During three, three-hour shifts in front of the City Market store last summer, citizens gained 1,788 signatures in favor of the traffic light.

Raffety then presented his signatures to someone besides CDOT.

A former Middle Park High School graduate, Jim Carpenter, is now chief of staff at Gov. Bill Ritter’s office.

Raffety called the office.

“Not long after that, there was a van on the hill with workers taking a survey, and on the van it read ‘CDOT,'” Raffety said.

Certainly talking to the governor’s office “didn’t hurt,” he said. “In talking with his office people, someone mentioned that (Carpenter) was familiar with the intersection.”

It was the second time CDOT surveyed the intersection; the first time was last year in November.

But, “there’s not a lot of traffic in November,” Raffety said. “They didn’t have enough warrants at that time.”

Warrants are a set of specifications that include the number of cars per-day and the directions they take in a given area. The data is put into a formula and with enough traffic, a traffic signal is deemed warranted.

The second survey was conducted in September. CDOT concluded that a signal is, in fact, needed.

“The sooner we get it to happen, the better I’m going to feel … and a lot of people will,” Raffety said.

” Tonya Bina can be reached at 887-3334 ext. 19603 or e-mail tbina@grandcountynews.com.


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