Friday, May 17, 2019

Bike infrastructure investments in Greeley match resident feedback

Image credit: City of Greeley
Although only two percent of workers commute to work by bike in Greeley, the City continues to invest in bike infrastructure, programming, and education initiatives based on supportive feedback from residents. According to survey responses from the City's 2015 Bicycle Master Plan, 75 percent of residents said improving biking in the City is very important and half said they are interested but concerned about getting on a bike. Countywide, one in four residents is "very concerned" about bicycle and pedestrian safety. Greeley is working to ease these concerns with plans to implement 126 miles of  bike lanes, 40 miles of trails and 62 miles of multi-use paths. This will connect more people to more destinations through safer, low-stress facilities. Greeley has also launched initiatives such as the "I Am A Bicyclist" campaign featuring local residents from all walks of life identifying as bicyclists. Both City and County staff hope these efforts will help shift perceptions towards biking as a viable option for all kinds of daily trips. 

Some of the projects Greeley residents, visitors, students, and business owners can look forward to include:
  • Construction of the Sheep Draw Trail between 71st Avenue and 83rd Avenue, with a trail crossing under 71st Avenue
  • Addition of bike lanes on 20th Street from 83rd Avenue to 90th Avenue
  • Addition of bike lanes on 4th Avenue from 8th Street to 16 Street
  • Signalized trail crossing for the Sheep Draw Trail on 20th Street, west of 77th Avenue
  • Extending bike lanes up to and through intersections at certain locations
Read more from the Greeley Tribune.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

U.S. Highway 287 project is almost over after more than three years

US 287 to LaPorte Roundabout           Image Credit: CDOT
Last week US 287 from Colorado 1 (Terry Lake Road) to the Laporte Bypass (County Road 54G) fully opened after completion of the largest roundabout on a state highway, widening to two through lanes in each direction and a center turn lane, and widening shoulders. Previously, the roadway was one through lane in each direction.

Striping work is expected to finish this week, and installation of sidewalk and a pedestrian bridge will continue until fall with minimal impacts to traffic.

The project began in early 2016, and its complexity led to the longer construction time. The project had to move utilities and work around railroad tracks, irrigation ditches, busy intersections.

The roundabout is 228 feet wide and includes a painted Colorado 'C' in the middle.

For more information, read the article in the Coloradoan.

7-month closure of Vine Drive over I-25 starts May 28

Image credit: Google Maps

The bridge that carries Vine Drive over I-25 will be closed beginning May 28 for seven months. The bridge is more than 50 years old and will be replaced. The replacement bridge is not part of the I-25 North Express Lanes project but will accommodate future expansion of the Interstate underneath. CDOT is recommending the following detours:

Eastbound Vine Drive
  • Turn north (left) on N. Timberline Road
  • Turn east (right) on Mountain Vista Drive
  • Turn south (right) on the east I-25 frontage road
  • Turn east (left) onto Vine Drive / Larimer County Road 48
Westbound Vine Drive
  • Turn north (right) on the east I-25 frontage road
  • Turn west (left) on Mountain Vista Drive
  • Turn south (left) on N. Timberline Road
  • Turn west (right) on Vine Drive
A project open house will be held on Wednesday, May 15 from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. at the Northside Aztlan Community center in Fort Collins.

For more information, read the press release from CDOT.

Thursday, May 2, 2019

Interstate 25/SH392 ramp closure runs Thursday through the weekend

SH392 exit onto I-25

The I-25 North Express Lanes Project is moving forward. As part of the construction, the northbound I-25 on-ramp from SH392 will be closed from 9 p.m. Thursday to 5 a.m. Friday, and again from 9 p.m. Friday through 5 a.m. Monday. CDOT is recommending the following detour: take Larimer County Road (LCR) 5 to Harmony Road and use the Harmony Road exit to enter I-25.

For more information, read the article on the Coloradoan. For more information about the I-25 North Express Lanes project, visit the CDOT website.

Monday, April 29, 2019

#AQAW is this week! Find out how to improve air quality in our Parks and across the state.

Rocky Mountain National Park

April 29 through May 3, 2019 is the National Park Service's "Air Quality Awareness Week". Air quality has a major impact on parks across the country but specifically in Colorado - Rocky Mountain National Park is part of the Denver Metro-North Front Range 8-Hour Ozone Non-Attainment Area. Simple steps can make a big difference, though, as we try to make strides in reducing ozone, improving our air quality, and appreciating the national beauty in the State.

So what can be done to help improve air quality in your neighborhood, county, and your parks?
  • Green your ride - combine trips, carpool, ride your bike, and take the bus or park shuttle.
  • Do not idle - if you are not traveling, turn your car off.
  • Refill your water bottles instead of buying new ones.
  • Talk - talk to other people in your neighborhood about why you should make a small change with a big impact!
For more information about #AQAW, the National Park Service's efforts, visit the NPS website. For information about ozone and other air quality issues in Colorado, visit the Regional Air Quality Council website.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Fort Collins is getting 5 eco-friendly buses out of the Volkswagen settlement


Old Transfort bus. Image credit: City of Fort Collins
Fort Collins was one of six agencies across Colorado to be awarded funding for new buses from the Volkswagen Settlement funding. The city-run Transfort will receive three propane and two battery-powered electric buses to replace existing diesel buses. The buses are expected to be in service between 2020 and 2021. Overall, the state awarded $14 Million to purchase 28 low-emission and zero-emission buses. Boulder, Colorado Springs, Eagle County, Gunnison valley, and the Denver Metro will receive the other buses.

For more information, read the article on the Coloradoan. For more information about the Volkswagen settlement, see the EPA page.

Thursday, April 11, 2019

Closures scheduled for major I-25 construction project

CO 402 and North I-25 Rendering     Image Credit: CDOT.
The 120-day closure of CO 402 across North I-25 is scheduled to begin May 7. The closure will speed up the project, which includes constructing Express Lanes on North I-25, flipping I-25 and CO 402, shifting North I-25 to the east to eliminate a sharp curve, and constructing a new frontage road to the east of the interchange.

The closure on CO 402 is from the northbound ramps to the southbound ramps.

Available detours include:
  • For northbound I-25 access from the west side of I-25: Take southbound I-25 to Colo. 60 (Exit 254), then get on northbound I-25.
  • For eastbound Colo. 402 access, continue on southbound I-25 to Colo. 60, then take northbound I-25 to Colo. 402 and exit eastbound.
  • For southbound I-25 access from the east side of I-25 on Colo. 402, take northbound I-25 to U.S. 34, then continue onto southbound I-25.
  • For westbound Colo. 402 access, continue on northbound I-25 to U.S. 34, take southbound I-25 and exit on Colo. 402 westbound.
Read more on the closures from the Greeley Tribune.

Wednesday, April 10, 2019

I-25 North Express Lanes Project upcoming closures slated for May; Public meeting April 17

I-25 traffic. Image credit: NFRMPO staff

Construction on I-25 is moving forward. The I-25 North Express Lanes Johnstown to Fort Collins project will require full closures of the corridor in May to complete some major elements of the project. A public meeting will be held to discuss the closures:

  • When: April 17, 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
  • Where: Ranch Events Center Complex, 5280 Arena Circle, Loveland, CO
  • What: Information about construction activities, closures, and detour routes.
 The project will close northbound I-25 on-ramp from SH392 from 9 p.m. on May 3 through 5:00 a.m. on May 6.

For more information, read CDOT's press release.

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Gov. Polis Joins CDOT, CDPHE & CSP to Launch New Safety Initiative


Cone of safety. Image credit: Flickr

Governor Polis announced the "Whole System Whole Safety" initiative today during Work Zone Awareness Week. The new program will take a systematic statewide approach to safety, including human factors, physical assets, and organization culture. Underlying the program are real goals and achievable results using actual activities that can be done now. Projects include: additional rumble strips and six-inch striping on roadways; additional driver education to understand the rules of the road; and integrating maintenance and operations divisions at CDOT headquarters to streamline incident command to speed up incident response.

More information is available through the CDOT press release.

Monday, April 8, 2019

Colorado is putting a bus stop in the middle of I-25

I-25 bus stop rendering. Image credit: CDOT
Bustang will see a new improvement with the North I-25 Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins project: a new bus stop will be built within the Express Lanes. This new bus stop will feature an expanded US34 Park-n-Ride located at Kendall Parkway/Larimer County Road 24; two platforms with sound barries and passenger safety; and an expected 15 minutes in travel time savings for the Bustang bus. Ridership has increased significantly along the North Line route since it began in 2015. The bus stop will be connected by passenger and bicycle facilities to the Centerra shopping center on one side and the park-n-ride on the other. The project will be completed by 2022 but no timeline has been announced yet.

For more information about the project, read the article in the Coloradoan. For more information about Bustang, visit the website.