Sunday, April 03, 2005

Breckenridge Main Street Makeover

Main Street in Breckenridge will have a different look in the future. The town has reached an agreement with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to move Colorado highway 9 from it's present location (Main Street) to Park Avenue. Highway 9 will now officially follow Park Avenue from the north end of town around to the west and rejoin Main Street at the juncture of Park Avenue and Main Street at the southern edge of town. I know it's confusing, but bear with me.

This change in routing gives the town more flexibility in dealing with Main Street closures for special events and more freedom to re-design the street. I do hope it turns out for the better.

A recent series of 4-day meetings in which representatives from Design Workshop of Aspen met with citizens, business owners, town officials and numerous others to determine the biggest concerns surrounding Main Street yielded a consensus: pedestrian safety is the top issue facing Main Street.

The process, called the Downtown Revitalization Project, is designed to make Main Street more pedestrian friendly, integrate its transit systems with the downtown core and link the Riverwalk Center with the Blue River Plaza, Main Street and the Arts District on Ridge Street.

The design team will now compile the data and present it to the town council.

I'm sure we'll see some changes this summer.

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