Thursday, September 19, 2019

Lane closures start early (4 a.m.) Tuesday on northbound I-25 between Mulberry Street and Mountain Vista Drive

Vine Dr Bridge over I-25. Image Credit: CDOT
On September 24 crews will pour concrete for the new Vine Drive bridge over I-25 with a single lane closure on northbound I-25 starting as early as 4 a.m. Some travel delay is expected, especially during the a.m. commute.

Single-lane closures on northbound and southbound I-25 between Mulberry Street and Mountain Vista Drive are expected from 4 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Tuesday.

The 53-year-old bridge will be replaced with a new two-span bridge. The work includes adding shoulders and sidewalks to Vine Drive over I-25, accommodating tall vehicles on I-25 by providing higher clearance, and improving bridge transitions on Vine Drive and the Frontage Roads.

Read the CDOT Press Release for more information.

Tuesday, September 17, 2019

Community leaders celebrate start of I-25 North Berthoud-Johnstown improvements

Image credit: CDOT

Additional improvements along I-25 are now underway. A groundbreaking was held on September 12, 2019 to kick off the project between Berthoud and Johnstown. The project will reconstruct the southbound I-25 bridge over the Little Thompson River and elongate the southbound on-ramp from SH56. The project is on top of what is currently under construction between Fort Collins and Johnstown. By 2023, I-25 will have an Express Lane in each direction, new bridges, safer interchanges, and improved transit infrastructure.

For more information, read the press release from CDOT.

Monday, September 16, 2019

Gardner Announces Nearly $7 Million for North I-25

On Friday, Senator Cory Gardner announced the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) will receive $6.97M in unobligated Fiscal Year 2016 federal funding from the Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant program.

The funding will go toward the North Interstate 25 Phase I project, which extends from SH402 to SH14. CDOT was originally awarded a $15M federal TIGER grant for the project in 2016.

“I’m thrilled the Colorado Department of Transportation will receive additional funding for North I-25, and I’ll keep fighting to support projects and priorities for Colorado,” said Senator Gardner. “This nearly $7 million will continue improvements on the roadway for the many Coloradans and visitors who rely on it every day, and I’m pleased the Department of Transportation continues to recognize how important this project is to the people and economy of the Centennial state.”

Senator Gardner Press Release: https://www.gardner.senate.gov/newsroom/press-releases/gardner-announces-nearly-7-million-for-north-i-25

USDOT Announcement: https://www.transportation.gov/tiger-2016-project-fact-sheets

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Barbara Kirkmeyer: Air quality in Weld on the rise

Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer. Image Credit: Greeley Tribune
Ozone pollution in Weld County has decreased 20 percent over the last 13 years, a remarkable improvement given the county's increase in population and active oil and gas wells over the same time frame.

In a guest column in the Greeley Tribune, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer notes the ozone monitor located in Greeley is at 65 parts per billion (ppb) in 2019, well below the federal standard of 70 ppb set by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 2015.

While air quality has substantially improved, there is always more that can be done to reduce pollution. Simple steps such as skipping two car trips a week or mowing in the evening can help reduce emissions, making it easier to breathe.

For more information, read the guest column in the Greeley Tribune.

Monday, September 9, 2019

You're Invited to the Groundbreaking for the I-25 North Express Lanes Project from Berthoud to Johnstown

Image Credit: CDOT
On Thursday, September 12 at 11 a.m. the public is invited to attend a groundbreaking for the I-25 North Express Lanes Project from Berthoud to Johnstown.

The groundbreaking will be held at the Construction Yard located at 3573 East CO 56
Berthoud, CO 80513, which is northwest of the I-25 and CO 56 interchange.

Connect with the Project
Project hotline: 720-593-1996
Project website: https://codot.gov/projects/north-i-25/johnstown-to-fort-collins
Email: northi25expresslanes@gmail.com

CDOT to host public meeting for construction of the I-25 & Prospect Road Interchange


The Colorado Department  of Transportation (CDOT) will host a public meeting on Tuesday, September 10 to present information on construction of the I-25 and Prospect Road Interchange. The meeting will include a presentation followed by an open house to provide information about upcoming construction activities, closures and detour routes, and answer questions.

Tuesday, September 10, 5:30 p.m. - 7 p.m.
Colorado Welcome Center
3745 Prospect Road, Suite 105
Fort Collins, CO 80525

Public meetings like this one are a good opportunity for those who drive in the area to learn about impacts, but it is also helpful to the project team to hear concerns and ideas from the people who know the area on a daily basis.

For more information, read the press release from CDOT.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Larimer County ballot will include 0.5% sales tax question to fund transportation, facilities


On Tuesday, Larimer County Commissioners voted unanimously to place a sales tax proposal on the November 2019 ballot to fund transportation and facilities improvements. The proposal is to increase the County sales tax by 0.5 percent, from 0.8 percent to 1.3 percent, for the next 20 years. This increase would add $0.50 to a $100 purchase, with food and medicine exempt from the sales tax.
The tax would bring in roughly $39M in its first year, with increases over the years as the County grows. The first $10M would be spent on I-25 between Loveland and Longmont. Other road improvements would include bicycle and pedestrian components. Between 15 and 20 percent of the transportation funding would go to regional transit projects. Some funding would be used to expand County facilities for programs such as Community Corrections and Alternative Sentencing and other health and human services.

From the transportation perspective, Commissioner Steve Johnson stated the revenue would allow the County to partner with municipalities and CDOT to complete projects the agencies otherwise could not afford. Commissioner Tom Donelley stated if there are no improvements to the County's busiest corridors, time spent in traffic is expected to increase by 673 percent by 2045, compared to 2015.

Read more from the Coloradoan.


Wednesday, August 21, 2019

2 significant bridge upgrades will prolong North I-25 Express Lanes construction

US 34 Bridge over I-25. Image Credit: CDOT
The US 34 bridge over I-25 and the Kechter Road bridge over I-25 will receive complete overhauls as part of the I-25 Express Lanes project. The bridge replacements are being added to the project to accommodate the potential future expansion to a fourth lane of I-25 in each direction and to provide permanent improvements. The bridges are expected to be rebuilt 2022-2023.

The Colorado Transportation Commission awarded $310 million to fund the bridges and other improvements to to the Express Lanes project.

The new US 34 bridge will be built next to the existing bridge to minimize impacts to traffic. The new bridge will include an additional permanent thru-lane in each direction and will be built to accommodate a third level to be built later on. The new Kechter Road bridge will include a center turn lane, bike lanes, and sidewalks.

For more information, read the article in the Coloradoan.

Tuesday, August 20, 2019

@COLTransit adding additional services to improve quality


City of Loveland Transit (COLT) has upgraded its transit services in the previous year. Some of the following changes benefit Loveland residents and visitors, provide additional connections to the FLEX service, and make transit a more viable option.
  • Transit system restructuring increased the number of routes from 3 to 5, with service provided at 30 minutes on multiple routes. The new routes are also less confusing and provide two way service in more parts of town.
  • Service was extended by an extra hour in the evenings, running through 7:48 p.m Monday through Friday.
  • Youth (17 and under) ride free.
  • Additional AM peak service will be added on Routes 1, 2, 4, and 5 starting today, August 20.
  • A new Live Tracking website allows riders to see where their bus is, giving more freedom to riders: http://coltpublic.etaspot.net/
 More information about these services is available on the COLT website.

Monday, August 19, 2019

Fort Collins missed another federal air quality deadline. Here's what that actually means


How Ozone is Produced. Image Credit: Simple Steps. Better Air.
The Denver Metro and North Front Range region is expected to implement higher emission controls for ground-level ozone, a pollutant that causes respiratory health issues, after the EPA announced last week the region did not meet federal standards for air quality.

The region is currently classified as a moderate nonattainment area for ozone. The EPA is proposing to reclassify the area as a serious nonattainment area for ozone, which requires stricter controls for emissions. The reclassification would set a new deadline of July 20, 2021 for the region to attain the air quality standard.

The EPA will hold a public hearing on the proposed reclassification on September 6, 2019 in Denver. Visit the EPA website to learn more about the reclassification proposal and to register to speak at the public hearing.

You can also read more in the Coloradoan.