Pedestrians Cross With Traffic At Downtown Traffic Signals
Traffic signals in downtown Estes Park are now programmed to allow pedestrians to cross in the same direction as traffic, meaning if east and west traffic has a green light, pedestrians moving east and west will have a walk signal. Signals at the three downtown traffic lights (U.S. 34/U.S. 36, Riverside Drive/Elkhorn Avenue and Moraine Avenue/Elkhorn Avenue) now follow the common practice for pedestrian traffic. “The changes in the signal programming allow pedestrians and traffic to move efficiently through the intersection,” said CDOT Traffic Engineer Larry Haas. “This change also reduces the amount of red signal wait time for motorists, which reduces the amount of pollution in the downtown corridor.”
Previously, the signals at Riverside Drive/Elkhorn Avenue and Moraine Avenue/Elkhorn Avenue stopped traffic in all directions to allow pedestrians to cross in all directions. The new timing allows pedestrian crossing to be consistent with all the downtown intersections.
The pedestrian signal at all three intersections will be automatic from 9:00 a.m. until 9:00 p.m. daily. Outside of these hours, pedestrians must push a button to get the signal to cross. Estes Park Police Department Community Service Officers will be available to assist pedestrians as needed during the day.