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Rise of Yampa Street: Safety improvements underway this summer

— Work is well underway this summer to make Yampa Street a safer and less chaotic place.

It started with the installation of several speed bumps to slow traffic down and continues with other infrastructure improvements.

In the next phase, the city will install a temporary curb line across much of the riverside portion of the street around July 7. The curbs aim to better signal to cars where they should park and give pedestrians more room to walk and bike in the bike lanes.

Crusher fine trails will be added to places where there currently is not a sidewalk, and loading zones have been designated to prevent the current problem of delivery trucks blocking bike lanes and pedestrian walkways.

One of the more significant improvements being considered includes the installation of festival-style LED lights from Sixth to Ninth Street.

The lights would be a smaller-scale version of lights that can be found in such places as Larimer Square in Denver.

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Members of the Yampa Street steering committee were excited because this concept would increase safety at night and also could add to the ambiance of the street.

Briefed on these changes Tuesday night, council members praised city staff for implementing the changes so quickly.

With more and more bikers and families traveling to the street, city council members had previously expressed concern that the street was unsafe in its current condition.

To help alleviate that concern, the council last month agreed to spend $50,000 on the safety improvements.

"It’s amazing we got this done in two weeks with no drawings, and we only had one problem," Myller said.

The problem Myller was referring to was a complaint from the owners of law offices at 635 Yampa St. that the temporary safety improvements would require the removal of landscaping and brick pavers in front of the property that lies in the public right-of-way.

As a temporary solution, the council agreed to the property owner’s request to instead just eliminate the three parking spaces in front of the office.