Survey Results: Crystal Valley Parkway Speed Increase

From April 8 through April 12, 2019 the below email survey of Painters Ridge Residents was conducted per PROA Board direction.

At its March 26, 2019 Board of Directors meeting the Directors of the Painters Ridge Owners Association (PROA) decided to conduct a survey with Painters Ridge residents concerning the proposed increase from 35-mph to 45-mph on Crystal Valley Parkway (CVP).

On February 25, 2019 a committee of PROA residents met with the Town of Castle Rock traffic engineers and expressed the following concerns about the speed increase along the stretch of CVP between the intersections of Lions Paw Street and Mighty Oak Street.

  1. The speed increase will greatly raise the crash danger when vehicles make left hand turns onto CVP from Lions Paw and Mighty Oak Streets, because of the limited sight distance from the pedestrian bridge to the intersections of Lions Paw and Mighty Oak Streets. Stop watch timing of the distance from the crest of Crystal Valley Parkway (just east of the bridge) to the Lions Paw intersection at 45 mph was 7.51 seconds (timing twice).  At speeds over 45 mph the time would be less than 7 seconds. Sun glare, darkness, ice, and weather conditions require more time to navigate left turns out of Painters Ridge and will present further chances of crashes due to sight limitations if speed limit is raised to 45 mph.
  2. Since over 90% of the traffic on CVP now exceeds the present 35-mph limit (per Town survey the average speed is 45-mph), human nature is such that if raised to 45-mph most of the traffic will travel above the 45-mph limit.
  3. School buses now execute left turns onto CVP from Lions Paw Street.
  4.  Many pedestrians cross CVP from Lions Paw Street to hike Quarry Mesa.
  5. Additional traffic will use Lions Paw Street when 35 plus homes are added to a southern extension of Lions Paw Street.

The increase is expected to take place in May 2019.

Please reply to prior to April 12th with your answer of “YES” or “NO” to the following question:

Should the Painters Ridge Board of Directors notify the Castle Rock Town Council and Staff that it is opposed to raising the speed limit on CVP along the stretch of CVP between the intersections of Lions Paw Street and Mighty Oak Street?

Based on the survey results:

Total Lots Casting Votes = 25

Lots Voting “YES” = 20

Lots Voting “NO” = 5

The PROA Directors unanimously voted in favor or notifying the Town of Castle Rock Council, Manager, Attorney, and Traffic Staff of the results of the survey, and that the PROA Board of Directors (on behalf of the Members/Residents of the PROA) oppose the speed increase to 45-mph between the Crystal Valley Parkway stretch running from Lions Paw Street to Mighty Oak Street Drive.