Cherry Hills Village residents push back against proposed roundabout

CHERRY HILLS VILLAGE, Colo. -- Residents are pushing back against the potential installation of a roundabout to alleviate traffic problems in their area.

On Tuesday night, one of those residents said Cherry Hills Village leaders made a motion to move the money for the roundabout back into the general fund instead of building it.
The proposed one-lane roundabout would have been at Colorado Boulevard and Quincy Avenue.

Many people living in the surrounding neighborhood said they were unhappy about the potential project.

Some created a campaign with the hashtag “#SaveQuincy” and have a petition circulating to stop it. The petition has gained more than 1,000 signatures.

The whole thing is absurd,” Nancy Niederman said.

What’s concerning me is we’re going to do this massive undertaking, put something in that increases the flow of traffic through Cherry Hills Village and I don’t know if that’s going to actually solve the problem,” David Samuels said.

According to the Cherry Hills Village website, the roundabout could help to alleviate traffic congestion.

It will probably solve very little -- if not create problems,” Niederman said.

Niederman has lived in the community for 25 years. She has noticed traffic increase, but said a roundabout would not get drivers to slow down.

People will speed up to the roundabout and then lurch to a stop," she said. "If anyone goes between Belleview and Orchard, they know what happens there.”

Carol Ann Samuels worries about the pedestrian crossing her children use to get to school. The path is uninterrupted, but if the roundabout goes in, she said that will change.

It could be a safety issue. Anybody using that path, whether a pedestrian or cyclist, will have to cross multiple times at that roundabout,” Samuels said.

In 2017, the city conducted a comprehensive traffic study that showed poor traffic flow during peak rush hour at the intersection.

The city traffic engineer created a roundabout rendering as a proposed solution.

Cherry Hills Village Mayor Laura Christman said the proposed project would cost taxpayers $750,000.

Cherry Hills Village said this project is not a done deal. Many residents planned to be at Tuesday night’s public meeting to make their voices heard.

As a resident, I just want to know what all of the options are and pros and cons and be much better informed,” Samuels said.

The mayor commented that the roundabout was a solution to a problem that some residents didn't feel was a problem.

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