Foothills Lab Crosswalk

Q

This is a question for Safety and Site Services. Would you consider putting
a crosswalk between the north door of FL4 and the mailboxes directly across
the street? Lots of people frequently cross the street here en route from
FL4 to the other Foothills buildings. At certain times of day, there can be
a fair amount of car traffic on the road that often slows down anyway for
pedestrians at this crossing point. Also, as you probably know, big nasty
ice slicks form on this stretch of the road, making it easy for someone to
slip or a car to lose control. I think it would be safer and more
convenient to have a crosswalk.

Answered on January 27, 2004

A

Thank you for your question. It is an issue and a concern that UCAR Safety
and Site Services has discussed for many years with the city of Boulder.
The ultimate authority and responsibility for the roadway lies solely with
the city of Boulder. UCAR does not own the roadway. We are prohibited from
unilaterally making any changes such as adding a crosswalk to the public
roadway in front of FL4. According to the city of Boulder, it has conducted
numerous studies of this roadway. In each study the city reported that the
safety issues (pedestrian and traffic patterns and volumes) were
insufficient to warrant any physical changes.

The city has advised UCAR that we can make changes only on our own
property. A few years ago we made significant safety changes to the
intersection of Mitchell Lane and the entrance to the Foothills Lab campus.
This intersection is now a four-way stop. We also added crosswalks and the
intersection is well maintained by UCAR. Employees should consider using
this intersection to navigate across Mitchell Lane. This would require only
a slight change in walking patterns with very little increase in travel
time or distance. And crossing at this location would be much safer than
crossing immediately in front of FL4.
Safety and Site Services will continue to work with and encourage the city
of Boulder to make changes in front of FL4. We will keep staff apprised of
any developments or changes.

-Steve Sadler, Director, Safety and Site Services