Castle Rock discusses slowing drivers in residential areas

Town evaluating traffic calming needs

McKenna Harford
mharford@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/4/22

Reports of reckless-driving concerns have prompted Castle Rock to evaluate its traffic calming programs for areas of improvement.

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Castle Rock discusses slowing drivers in residential areas

Town evaluating traffic calming needs

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Reports of reckless-driving concerns have prompted Castle Rock to evaluate its traffic calming programs for areas of improvement.

On Nov. 1, Town Manager David Corliss told town council members that staff were looking into the effectiveness of current traffic calming measures and examining where new policies are needed. 

“I’ve noticed that the complaints around traffic and traffic calming in residential areas has really kind of picked up, so we need to look at our programs, do a deep dive into some best practices and find out what some other communities are doing,” he said.

Multiple council members mentioned that residents had raised concerns to them, with it seeming to be a widely spread issue in Castle Rock neighborhoods.  

“There are a bunch of areas around town that perhaps need speed bumps, that need addressed,” Mayor Pro Tem Kevin Bracken said. “For example, North Meadows Boulevard, when you stand right there, it’s very much a residential neighborhood. I stood there with a gentleman who was out in front of his house who said ‘let’s just stand here for a moment and watch the next car go by’ and sure enough, it was way too fast.”

Bracken suggested town staff specifically examine downhill roads in residential areas and downhill bus stops for ways to slow drivers.

He also told Corliss he’d like to see an online form residents could fill out to have their street reviewed for potential traffic calming efforts. 

Council member Caryn Johnson requested a look at speeding on Mikelson Boulevard. 

“Again, I’ve heard from a lot of neighbors that there’s a lot of speeding going on, lots of vehicles spinning doughnuts,” she said. 

Johnson added that any new traffic calming measures should be evaluated to make sure they don’t impede emergency services’ response times.

Corliss also said the Castle Rock Police Department is rolling out efforts to address noise from traffic, particularly illegally modified mufflers. 

“We historically haven’t done a lot in this area, but we think it’s appropriate, no pun intended, because of the volume of concerns we’ve had on this issue,” he said. 

Existing traffic calming programs, like the town’s installation of rapid flashing beacons for pedestrian safety, will continue while staff works on identifying improvements, Corliss said.

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