Wednesday, December 19, 2018
The NFRMPO region is a diverse and growing community, and a unique environment. The rapid and continued growth of the region requires that transportation investments keep up with development to maintain a vibrant economy. A robust public involvement process ensures a future transportation system that reflects the region’s goals, growth, and values. The 2019 PIP provides strategies to improve this process.
The 2019 PIP is a federally-mandated plan for Metropolitan Planning Organizations (MPOs) and includes strategies for engaging the public in the transportation planning process. In addition, certain strategies ensure participation by and benefiting Environmental Justice (EJ), Limited English Proficiency (LEP), and other vulnerable populations. The 2019 PIP summarizes the major NFRMPO deliverables and how to get involved and forms to request information or make a complaint.
A copy of the plan is available at the NFRMPO office at 419 Canyon Avenue, Suite 300, Fort Collins, Colorado 80521. The full 2019 PIP can be accessed on the NFRMPO website: https://nfrmpo.org/wp-content/uploads/2019-public-involvement-plan-draft.pdf. Anyone needing special accommodations to access the content of the plan should contact Alex Gordon at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All comments on the 2019 PIP should be provided to Alex Gordon, PTP at (970) 416-2023 or email@example.com by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019.
Friday, December 7, 2018
|Freedom Parkway Image Credit: ACP|
The vision for the corridor is outlined in the Freedom Parkway Access Control Plan, which seeks "to improve safety, mobility, and reliability by managing the number, location, and configuration of access points along a corridor." Most of the corridor is currently 2-lanes and the ultimate condition is a 4-lane arterial roadway.
The Access Control Plan has been adopted by seven of the eight communities, and is scheduled for adoption by Weld County on December 12.
Read more from the Loveland Reporter-Herald.
|North I-25 Segment 6 is shown in black outline above. Image credit: CDOT|
On Thursday, Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced three projects across Colorado were awarded a total of $47M through the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (USDOT) Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) Gratn Program. $20M of these funds were awarded to the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO) for improvements to North I-25 Segment 6 between SH402 and SH56 near Johnstown and Berthoud.
Regarding the award announcement, Weld County Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer said, “All of our work that we’ve been doing, with the I-25 Coalition, the business community and the state department of transportation, has paid off…We have for years now recognized I-25 as Colorado’s Main Street.” The award helps expedite expansion of I-25 by decades, with an anticipated 2022 completion date.
The other projects in Colorado awarded BUILD grants were CDOT’s vehicle-to everything (V2X) project and the City of Glenwood Springs’ South Midland Avenue project to modernize water and broadband infrastructure.
Read more from the Greeley Tribune.
The Transportation Research Board (TRB) has published a report called Renewing the National Commitment to the Interstate Highway System: A Foundation for the Future. Travel along the nation's Interstate Highway System (like I-25 in Northern Colorado) have increased more than 160 percent between 1980 and 2015. Although Interstate roads make up a smaller portion of overall road mileage, they carry nearly a quarter of all vehicle miles traveled. Despite this importance, maintenance has not necessarily kept up, leading to a backlog of structural and operational deficiencies. Additionally, technology has made giant leaps forward, but the nation's Interstates have not kept up.
For more information, read the article on NPR. To read the report, visit the National Academies Press website.
Thursday, December 6, 2018
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Both Senators issued statements regarding the award. Senator Gardner stated, “We strongly advocated to the Department of Transportation how important this infrastructure funding would be for Colorado and I-25, and I’m thrilled to announce it will be coming soon to help support these important projects." Senator Bennet acknowledged the local, regional, and state collaboration around the North I-25 project saying, "Thanks to the tireless efforts of Northern Colorado communities, this $20 million for North I-25 will build on past TIGER grants to decrease congestion in one of the state’s busiest corridors."
Two other Colorado projects were also awarded BUILD grants. CDOT was awarded a $20 million BUILD grant for its vehicle-to-everything (V2X) project to expand the connectivity of transportation infrastructure through the deployment of fiber across Colorado highways. The City of Glenwood Springs will be receiving $7M for to modernize infrastructure along the City’s South Midland Avenue.
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
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Tuesday, November 13, 2018
|Remote tower interior layout concept. Image credit: FNL|
Read more about the virtual air tower at the Coloradoan.
Tuesday, October 30, 2018
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The reconstruction of the northbound on-ramp from CO 392 to I-25 is part of the North I-25 Express Lanes project. Learn more about the project on the CDOT project page.
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
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- Phase 1: Crews will build temporary infrastructure on the southbound side of I-25.
- Phase 2: Crews will push northbound traffic onto the southbound side to provide access to build infrastructure on the northbound side.
- Phase 3: Crews will switch northbound and southbound traffic onto the northbound side to allow crews to build the required infrastructure on the southbound side.
In summer 2019, SH402 between the North I-25 ramps will be closed for 120 days while the SH402 bridge over North I-25 is constructed. More details on this closure will be available in the spring.
This work is part of the North I-25 Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins project, which will construct an Express lane in each direction from SH402 to SH14, among other improvements. View the CDOT project page for more information on the project.
Thursday, October 4, 2018
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On Tuesday, October 9, join Commissioner Kathy Gilliland at the Milliken Town Hall from 5:30 pm - 6:30 pm for the in-person "Let's Talk Colorado Transportation" meeting. In addition to Commissioner Gilliland, the CDOT Region 4 regional transportation director and other CDOT staff will be available to discuss CDOT projects in the region, how Colorado funds transportation projects, and how CDOT allocates its annual budget and prioritizes improvement projects based on annual revenues.
The telephone town hall for the northeast region, which includes Larimer and Weld counties, will be held Tuesday, October 16 starting at 6:30 pm. CDOT will call area residents at random to invite them to the town hall, and anyone who wants to participate can join toll-free by calling 1-877-229-8493, PIN 112034.
For information on the meetings in other locations across the state, view the CDOT news release.