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Loveland addresses Cleveland Avenue concerns

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Loveland addresses Cleveland Avenue concernsDrivers head south Friday in the 1600 block of North Cleveland Avenue in Loveland as they navigate through new striping on the road.

Loveland crews painted new lines Thursday on the Cleveland Avenue curve at Taco John’s in an effort to reduce drivers’ speeds and accident rates.

Bill Hange, the city’s traffic engineer, said crews narrowed the lanes slightly, widened the road lines and added some white striping through the curves.

“We don’t have a huge accident history, but there has been some lately,” Hange said. “And so we have been working with the residents and came up with some short-term ideas, and there might be some longer-term things later on.”

City engineer Dave Klockeman, city officials and Colorado Department of Transportation representatives met with residents who live near and in the 1600 block of North Cleveland Avenue about their safety concerns during a Loveland Downtown Partnership and Downtown Development Authority meeting Aug. 31.

The neighbors’ concerns centered on the speed of southbound drivers going around that curve and how those cars affect the residents on both sides of the road.

The speed limit in the area is 35 mph, but a warning sign with flashing light before the curve advises a speed of 20 mph.

Hange said that in addition to the stripes, workers put in new reflectors on the barriers that separate the road’s northbound and southbound lanes where the curve begins.

In a previous interview with the Reporter-Herald, Phyllis Haman, who has lived in her house on the east side of Cleveland Avenue for 46 years, said that in 1993, a car going around the curve hit her house.

Then, Haman said, on May 23 of this year, a car going around the curve hit a roadside boulder that was placed to protect her house, moving the boulder 5 or 6 feet.

Hange said Friday that by early November the city, partnering with CDOT, will install a radar speed sign just before the curve to alert drivers of their speed.

“The radar, right now, we’ve done so far with city funds with the approval of the state,” he said. “We will be working together with the state in the longer term for grant opportunities.”

The repainting is phase one of a three-part plan, Hange said. The other two phases, with no established timetable, are still in the works.

He added that a U.S. 287 coalition is now studying and advocating roadwork throughout the corridor.

The curve just south of Loveland’s two cemeteries was put in place in 1971, according to Klockeman.

“We look at opportunities every time we restripe,” Hange said. “We look at each section of road that has a treatment going on it for safety improvements. It’s something we do all the time.”

Courtesy : Dana Rieck

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