Golden’s 10th Street North (Highway 95), has gotten a serious facelift. Lanes have been shifted, islands have been added, and entire traffic patterns have been changed. “This is part of an initiative we have been working on with the Town of Golden for five or six years,” said Arthur McLean, Rocky Mountain District manager with the Ministry of Transportation and Intrastructure.
The purpose of the initiative was to address the area around the crosswalk by the Golden Post Office. There is low visibility there, and there have been many close calls says McLean. They tried adding reflective markers, but ultimately it still wasn’t working. They decided they needed to reconfigure the highway.
“We wanted to get away from four-lane traffic, and put in a dedicated left turn lane. This makes southbound traffic safer, and also makes it safer for northbound traffic to turn left into town,” said McLean.
Two islands have been put in near the bridge, which McLean says channels the traffic better, and helps line it up for the narrower bridge.
Northbound traffic will no longer be able to make a left hand turn onto 9th Avenue North in front of the 7/11, and a no left hand turn sign is expected to be put into place soon.
“It was never a good place to make a left. It doesn’t meet the sight line, and there have beenclose calls with vehicles stopping to take that turn. Others have been forced to take action to stop a collision,” said McLean.
“Instead we have enhanced the ability to take a left turn at the Post Office. The sign is coming shortly.”
There is still some tidying up to do said McLean, and some paving to do against the curb line. But after that the project is finished.
“The intent here was to increase safety. And I think the project has certainly achieved that. How me managed four lanes of traffic before, I don’t know.”