Ever noticed broken sidewalks, cycling hazards or confusing intersections around Durango? The city wants to hear community input for its updated multimodal transportation plan.
The city of Durango adopted its 2016 transportation plan after a year of outreach and public meetings. Now it needs an update to complement new development, changing uses and a growing population, according to the city’s website. A new public feedback period launches at 4 p.m. Thursday via Zoom.
“Durango is changing,” said Devin King, the city’s multimodal administrator, in a news release. “It’s time to update the Multimodal Transportation Plan to understand the community’s vision for our transportation network, to address transportation needs resulting from new development and redevelopment as well as changing transportation technology and trends.”
The Multimodal Transportation Play lays out a map for improvements and projects related to walking, biking, using a mobility device and riding Durango Transit. The 2016 plan prioritized 450 projects with costs totaling $160 million.
Updating the plan will help ensure the projects identified in the 2016 plan are current, update deficiencies, measure and evaluate accomplished projects and include new transportation technologies.
On Thursday, city staff members will ask residents to help update the vision for the new plan and identify improvements to make the transportation network easier for multimodal users.
The city’s vision for its multimodal transportation network is to provide for “an outstanding transit, bicycling, walking and rolling community in Durango,” without focusing entirely on automobiles.
Durango has created an interactive online map to help people offer input about specific locations. Staff members will demonstrate how to use the map and present information about the update process during the meeting this week.
Participants can join by visiting DurangoGov.org/Zoom and will have the opportunity to ask questions and share feedback. Staff members will use the community input as a guide for designing and prioritizing infrastructure projects, the news release said.
“On a sunny April day, you’ll see people walking on the Animas River Trail, biking down Main Avenue to restaurants and shops, and waiting at a transit stop for a bus to take them where they need to go,” King said. “The best people to help plan for the future are the people who use our transportation network every day.”