Walkability within a community is enhanced by the ability to easily cross streets and highways. These crossings lead to a more connected and livable city. The City has adopted a Crosswalk Manual to help guide both the community and city staff in determining whether a marked crosswalk should be installed and if it is, which specific features should be included.
Snow/ Ice Control
The City of Golden is a foothills community that typically requires snow and ice control of all City streets during a storm event. Streets are plowed on a priority basis; primary, secondary, then residential. There are over 241 lane miles of streets within Golden that are maintained.
For snow removal route maps, please visit our Maps page.
The Street Division sweeps the entire city an average of 12 times per year. Sweeping is performed year-round. During the winter season, we pick up any sand residue material that may be left from de-icing material. In the spring, we have our “Spring Street Sweeping Cleanup” of all City streets that allows residents to sweep their sidewalks into the street prior to us coming through with a sweeper. Summer sweeping consists of sweeping the downtown area every Tuesday and the rest of the City on a rotating basis. In the fall, leaves are swept.
Crack sealing is performed in the spring and again in the fall to minimize potholes from forming.
Right of Way (ROW) Permits
- The City of Golden has reconsidered its policy pertaining to ROW applications during COVID-19. We will accept new ROW permit applications.
- Questions or concerns please email Ginny Dudley at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Right of Way” or “ROW” is typically considered the back of the sidewalk on one side of the street to the back of sidewalk across the street. Any work within the City Right of Way requires a permit. This would include utility work in the street, sidewalk replacement, or placement of a dumpster or landscaping materials in front of your home. Please email all ROW permit applications to email@example.com or call 303-384-8151 if you have questions.
- Right of Way Permit Application
- Right of Way Permit Requirements and Inspection Information
- Street Cut Spec SC-1 (Utility Installation in Paved Areas)
The City of Golden contracts with Xcel Energy for all street light repair and maintenance. There are two ways to report street light outages: Please provide the ID Number from the pole.
1. Call 1-800-895-1999
2. Visit the Xcel website
Other Street Division Maintenance Duties:
Signage – damage, graffiti removal (new signage is performed by the Engineering Division)
Guardrail / Barricades
Edge of Road
The use of roundabouts to control intersections instead of traffic signals or stop signs continues to grow in the United States. The first modern roundabout in this country was constructed in Nevada in 1990, there are over 4,800 today. Roundabout growth is a result of a number of factors, but three main advantages have fueled their growth.
1. First, they have a significantly superior safety history when compared to signalized intersections. In Golden we compiled before and after data on roundabouts. When we switched South Golden Road to roundabouts, our accidents dropped 67%, and injury accidents were reduced by over 99%. This makes sense because traffic speeds in roundabouts are 15 to 20 mph.
2. Second, they provide significant pedestrian safety benefits. Research completed by North Carolina State University for the US Department of Transportation cited a 50% reduction in accidents, which makes sense because a roundabout has 8 points of pedestrian conflict with cars and a typical signalized intersection has 16. Again the data clearly shows that injuries are reduced because of slower speeds. A pedestrian has an 85 percent chance of death when involved in a motor/vehicle collision at 40 mph, a 45 percent chance of death at 30 mph, and a 5 percent chance of death at 20 mph.
3. Finally, roundabouts have more capacity than a signalized intersection. This reduces delay, idling and pollution. This means even though you are driving slower, on average you spend less time because you are never waiting for a light to change.
Two Frequently Asked Questions about Roundabouts
- Why does the city put landscape, statues or other things in the center of roundabout that restricts sight distance to the other side of the roundabout? One of the important issues in designing roundabouts is to control entry speed, sight distance is provided to the left at entry so vehicles in the roundabout can be seen, but sight distance through the roundabout is limited which reduces speed and force drivers to look for vehicles that they need to yield to on the left at entry.
- In some roundabouts there is actually a slight curve to the left before bending to the right at entry. Without that curve, entry would be smoother, so why not remove it? That small curve is designed to control entry speed, particularly in what are referred to as mini-roundabouts, to insure sufficient entry deflection. It actually aligns the driver’s vision to the left as they approach, and tighten the entry radius which reduces entry speed. This is an evolution in design guidelines from the Federal Highway Administration, and that deflection is not common in older roundabouts. You can see the deflection in these three newer roundabouts, on Heritage Road, in Jefferson County and in Grand Junction.