The locations of pedestrian crossings for the Eastbridge development have been selected by Denver. For access from the north (MLK Blvd.) and from the south (E. 29th Dr.), the crossings will be placed mid-block between Galena and Geneva streets (see map). Earlier input from the Citizens Advisory Board (CAB) had favored pedestrian crossings at Geneva Court (midway between the retail center and Kings Soopers.
CAB’s Zoning and Planning Committee (ZAP), at its May 10 meeting, again heard local residents argue for the Geneva Court crossing based on that location serving a “more natural flow” of pedestrians north and south to the F-15 pool, the daycare center and the retail development that is coming out of the ground. They also said the crossings approach the back side of buildings in the town center and do not align with RTD bus stops in the area.
Denver Engineering Supervisor Eric Osmundsen said traffic projections do not “warrant” or justify a full traffic signal at Geneva Court. In turn, this forces a signalized pedestrian crossing to be located elsewhere because Denver’s adopted traffic regulations do not allow a pedestrian signal to be within 100 feet of any driveway or intersection. Osmundsen said the locations west of Geneva Court were selected to balance the options for a protected crossing with the existence of a traffic signal at Havana St. People could still cross MLK Blvd. and 29th Drive at Geneva Court but it would not be a protected (i.e., signalized) crossing.
CAB members continued to express concerns with this decision but took no further action because the city decision is final.