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As the Town grows and changes, it’s important to ensure the right traffic control devices are in place to make travel in Castle Rock efficient and safe.
Recent engineering evaluations at Second and Wilcox streets concluded a stop sign on Second Street will help traffic move better through the intersection than a traffic signal.
Therefore, the signals at the intersection – which have been deactivated since September so a stop sign control could be assessed – soon will be removed, Town Council recently decided.
The stoplights have been at the intersection more than 15 years, but the original justification for their installation is unknown.
Traffic signals are most efficient when vehicular volumes are so heavy for certain lengths of time on either the major or secondary street that crossing or entering the major street is difficult. Additionally, traffic signals are most efficient when pedestrian volumes are heavyor when a high amount of accidents occur that could be corrected by a traffic signal.
Current and anticipated traffic patterns at Second and Wilcox streets do not make a traffic signal the most effective choice.
Recent engineering evaluations revealed that traffic in the area peaks near 5 o’clock weeknights. At that time, the average delay to vehicles on Second Street is less with a stop sign than with a traffic signal.
For that reason and others, the signals at the intersection will be removed the week of Feb. 22. Drivers can expect minor lane closures as the lights are removed.
A contractor will remove the signals, which will be retained for future needs as they arise.
The removal will cost about $4,000. However, the cost will be offset by the savings of deactivating the signals – about $325 per month in electricity and maintenance costs.
In addition to the cost savings, the stop sign provides for reductions in delays and their associated negative consequences, including increased fuel consumption and pollution.
Questions? Contact Traffic Engineering and Operations Manager Dan Sailer, 720-733-2470 or dsailer@CRgov.com.