Thursday, March 22, 2018

Share your thoughts on Fort Collins' EV Readiness Roadmap.

Electric Vehicle Charging Station. Image credit: Flickr

The City of Fort Collins is developing an Electric Vehicle (EV) Readiness Roadmap to prepare for current and future EV adoption in the community. The Roadmap will establish a vision, goals, and clearly defined roles for City of Fort Collins Departments, the private sector, and the Fort Collins community.

As part of this work, the project team has developed a questionnaire to gather input from community members to inform development of the roadmap. Please fill out the questionnaire at by Friday, April 6 to share your thoughts and help to shape the EV Readiness Roadmap.

Monday, March 19, 2018

Northern Colorado Leaders Urge FRA Administrator to Update the “Train Horn Rule”

Image credit: NFRMPO Staff
In late February, elected officials from across northern Colorado met with Congressman Jared Polis to discuss infrastructure. Among the topics they discussed was the train horn noise that Loveland and Fort Collins residents are especially familiar with. Loveland City Councilman Dave Clark has stated he wants the rule changed back to allow for quieter horns. Polis and other representatives sent a letter to Ronald Batory, the new Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) Administrator, stating the Train Horn Rule “does not take into account technological advancements or the unique situations communities in Colorado and across the country have with diverse railway crossings.” Batory, sworn in on February 28, 2018, is being urged to consider more flexibility and additional quiet zone regulations. This comes after the FRA asked for feedback on the Train Horn Rule in March 2016 and after a Railroad Safety Report was released in October 2017 by the Government Accountability Office recommending a revised methodology for analyzing safety of quiet zones and guidance for quiet zone inspections.

Read more from the Coloradoan.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

Open House March 19 for Upcoming Improvements to Mulberry Street

SH14 and I-25. Image Source: NFRMPO

CDOT will host an open house on March 19 to discuss the upcoming road-resurfacing project aimed at improving driving and pedestrian conditions along SH14 from Lemay to I-25. All members of the public are invited to attend the event, which will run from 6-8 p.m. at Quality Inn and Suites I-25 North, 3836 E. Mulberry St., Building A, Fort Collins.

The 5.6 million project is expected to take five months, beginning in early April. Improvements will occur west to east and will include roadway resurfacing, pedestrian ramp installation, grass planting, median improvements, and traffic signal improvements. A full-depth reclamation (FDR) process will be used from to rebuild the road from Timberline and South Summit View Drive. This process is anticipated to take 10 days to complete; access will be made available at all times to business and residents. 

Minor delays should be expected throughout the duration of this project. Construction hours will be 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for daytime work and 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. for overnight work, Monday through Friday.

For more information, read the latest update on CDOT’s newspage.

March 26 Open House Slated for US 34 Business Route Project in East Greeley

Project area. Image credit: Google Maps

Work began on the US34 Business Route Project in East Greeley in March and is expected to continue through November. A community meeting is being held on March 26 at 5:30 p.m. at the Greeley-Weld County Airport. At this meeting, CDOT officials and representatives from the consultant will be available to talk to residents and visitors. The purpose of the project is twofold: roadway resurfacing from US 85 along East 18th Street to the US 34 and US 34 Business junction; and bridge repair where US 34 Business crosses the South Platte River. The second goal is related to flood recovery from the 2013 floods.

For more information, read the press release from CDOT.

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

CDOT to Open the New I-25 Bridge at Crossroads Blvd on Thursday

Image credit: CDOT

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and RL Wadsworth plan to shift southbound I-25 traffic to the new bridge over Crossroads Boulevard beginning Thursday. This switch has been delayed twice due to weather. The opening of the new southbound bridge will bring the roadway to its final alignment. Lane and ramp closures, a temporary bridge, and temporary lane alignments have been commonplace in the work area as crews have progressed on the $22.1M project over the past 18 months.

Crews will implement alternating lane closures and remove markers and barriers between 9PM Thursday and 5AM Friday. Drivers should expect 10- to 15-minute delays during that time.

Read more from the Coloradoan.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

@NFRMPO seeking input on regional transit, survey linked

The 2045 Regional Transit Element (RTE) is a long-range plan that establishes a community-inspired vision for northern Colorado’s transit system. The plan outlines goals and identifies strategies to continue enhancing our region’s transit network. The RTE is updated every four years in conjunction with our Regional Transportation Plan (RTP).

To gauge the current system and begin crafting the future one, NFRMPO staff have created the following survey. The survey will be open through 5:00 PM on April 30th and can be filled out by anyone who resides, works, or shops within Larimer or Weld counties.

The survey is available in Spanish as well at the following link: 

NFRMPO staff have also set up a CommunityRemarks page, which is an interactive mapping and commenting tool to provide feedback on important destinations that should be served, issues with current transit, etc. This tool will be open throughout the completion of the 2045 RTE.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

I-25 project to begin construction thanks to contributions from local communities

I-25 from US34 bridge. Image credit: Google Maps

Construction is set to begin on the section of I-25 between SH14 and SH402. The project will add an express lane between Fort Collins and Johnstown, alleviating a common high-traffic area. A contractor has been brought on board for the $330 Million, 3-year project. It is expected that without this project, travel times between Fort Collins and Denver could reach up to three hours. This is more than twice as long as it takes nowadays. What is interesting about this project is that local communities provided a large chunk of funding - more than $55 million. This amounts to 16.67 percent of the total project cost.

Read more about the project at KUNC.

Monday, February 26, 2018

Transportation Proposals Shift Funding Debate To Voters

Colorado State Capitol. Image credit: Flickr

Transportation funding has been a long-time issue in Colorado. Currently, Colorado legislators are drafting multiple ballot initiatives to go to Coloradans in November. Current proposals would raise sales taxes between $0.005 and $0.01, and be split between transportation bonds, local, and regional projects. CDOT estimates Colorado has a $9 Billion shortfall in unmet statewide needs, but how the state addresses the funding issues has been up for debate the last few years. Adding to the debate issue is the fact this year is an election year.

Listen to a discussion of funding proposals at KUNC.

Friday, February 23, 2018

With Number of Commuters Doubling by 2040, City Solicits Help

Image Credit: The Coloradoan

According to the latest "Trends and Forces Report" provided to the Fort Collins City Council, city staff are projecting a doubling of commuters in and out of Fort Collins by 2040. All told, this would be nearly 114,430 people coming in and out of the city every day. Despite this increase, the city projects per-capita vehicle miles traveled to drop almost 12 percent. An aging population, increase in the number of students, and a movement toward ride sharing and carpooling may drive this trend. Still the large increase in total commuters and changing transportation trends will be a major topic of discussion as the city moves forward with its update to the City Plan.

For more information, check out Nick Coltrain's article in the Coloradoan.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Southbound I-25 Traffic Moving to New Crossroads Bridge Wednesday Night

Temporary Southbound Closures at Crossroads Blvd.  Image Credit: CDOT
Southbound traffic on Interstate 25 will move to its final alignment at the Crossroads Boulevard exit Wednesday February 22, 2018. Both the southbound I-25 off-ramp for Crossroads and the right lane on southbound I-25 will be closed from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Motorists should plan additional travel time to pass through the construction zones with expected delays up to 15 minutes.

For more information check out the article on CDOT's news page.