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Turn lanes, pedestrian safety and landscaping proposed for Hamilton intersection

Posted at 10:16 PM, Feb 05, 2020
and last updated 2020-02-06 16:16:25-05

HAMILTON — Three days of intense brainstorming wrapped up Wednesday, as Hamilton planners and community leaders presented ideas, and took more suggestions for the intersection of Highway 93, Main Street and the Eastside Highway.

It will be several months before there's an action plan but the community has already suggested specifics for improving Hamilton's busiest intersection with better safety and appearance.

The goal of Project 93 Connect is to find ways to improve safety for pedestrians, bikes and cars, while also improving the efficiency and appearance of the city's primary junction.

"I think we're really trying to focus on that safety aspect of the intersection of Main and Highway 93. And some of the ideas that have really jumped out is some of those ideas for providing some of those refuge islands, shortening crossing distances at the intersection of Main and 93," said City Planner Matthew Rohrbach.

Providing some of those kind of design aspects to carry over to markers that provide a safe space for pedestrians to cross east and west across the highway. Emerging Ideas include revised turn lanes and signals, landscaping both on and off street, improved public areas and signage.

Rohrbach says from here, the city will work to distill the ideas into specific plans, with more opportunities for public input this spring and summer.