Tuesday, March 12, 2019

CDOT SH257 and SH392 Network Feasibility Study Open House changed to March 28

Due to inclement weather, CDOT has changed the date of the SH257 and SH392 Network Feasibility Study Public Meeting to March 28th, 2019. The meeting will take place from 4:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the Fire Station #1 (100 N. 7th St.) in Windsor, CO. This project was previously referred to as the “Windsor Area Network Study” and has since been renamed to better represent the project.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Image Credit: Reporter Herald

In the Fall of 2018, construction began along North I-25 to add a third lane in each direction between Fort Collins and Johnstown, a project initiated through impressive partnerships and contributions from local municipalities and CDOT. The project will bring North I-25 to an interim build out, with final construction calling for a total of four lanes in each direction, including Northbound and Southbound express lanes. Adding the fourth lanes is expected to cost an additional $250M, funding local municipalities and CDOT are eager to secure soon.

On Tuesday, the Larimer County Commissioners approved a letter of support for an application by CDOT for a $100M grant through the Infrastructure for Rebuilding America (INFRA) grant program. If awarded, these grant dollars would pave the way for the fourth lanes, including major bridge work and the relocation of a port of entry for truck traffic. Preparing for the fourth lane now will save the region money, as the cost of construction continues to escalate.

For more information, check out this article in the Reporter Herald.

Thursday, February 21, 2019

Windsor Area Network Study Open house, 3/13/19, 4-6:30 pm @ Windsor’s Fire Station #1

Are you interested in learning more about the Windsor Area Network Study? Attend the open house on March 13th, 2019 from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. at Windsor’s Fire Station #1 (100 N. 7th St, Windsor, CO 80550) for project information and opportunities to provide feedback.

Tuesday, February 5, 2019

Shoshana Lew Approved as CDOT Executive Director

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On Monday, the Colorado Senate unanimously approved Governor Jared Polis' appointment of Shoshona M. Lew to lead the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). Lew enters CDOT's Executive Director position after two years as the Chief Operating Officer for the Rhode Island DOT. Lew replaces Mike Lewis, who stepped into the role after Shailen Bhatt stepped down in December 2017.

As Executive Director, Lew will oversee 3,000 employees and 23,000+ lane miles, while managing partnerships at all levels of government and across many industry sectors. In a statement issued by CDOT, Lew stated, “The responsibility of serving as the executive director is at once humbling and exciting, and together we have a tremendous opportunity to improve the lives of Coloradans through our transportation system.”

Prior to her time in Rhode Island, Lew also served as Chief Financial Officer and Assistant Secretary for Budget and Programs at the U.S. Department of Transportation and several other roles as an aide within the Obama Administration. Read more from the Greeley Tribune.

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

@NFRMPO releases 2019 Public Involvement Plan for Public Comment thru 2/2

The North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO) Planning Council has released the draft 2019 Public Involvement Plan (PIP) for a 45-day public comment period. This 45-day public comment period begins on Wednesday, December 19, 2018 and closes on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

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 agordon@nfrmpo.org.

All comments on the 2019 PIP should be provided to Alex Gordon, PTP at (970) 416-2023 or agordon@nfrmpo.org by 5:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 2, 2019.

Friday, December 7, 2018

Road from Loveland to Kersey has potential to become arterial

Freedom Parkway Image Credit: ACP
Between Loveland and Kersey, the east-west corridor known as Freedom Parkway connects eight jurisdictions and has a variety of names, including SH402, LCR 18, WCR 54, and 37th Street. Through a collaborative effort, the communities along the corridor are identifying a shared vision and a plan for managing access points to increase safety and improve traffic flow.

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 Among Projects for $47M in Grants Awarded to Colorado

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.

More Potholes, Traffic Jams On The Horizon Unless Interstates Are Fixed, Report Finds

I-25 traffic.

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

NFRMPO Receives $20M BUILD Grant for North I-25 Project

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Senators Cory Gardner (R-CO) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) announced Thursday the NFRMPO has been awarded a $20M Better Utilizing Investments to Leverage Development (BUILD) grant for the North I-25 Segment 6 improvement project. The $20M grant, from the U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT), will help with widening a segment of North I-25 between SH 402 and SH 56/Little Thompson Bridge through the addition of an express tolled lane in each direction. CDOT has estimated that in 2040, the I-25 Corridor will see a 60 percent increase in daily vehicle traffic.

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

State Agencies Release Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX) Map

Image Credit: Colorado DNR and CPW
In support of the Colorado the Beautiful Initiative, Colorado Parks & Wildlife (CPW) and the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) teamed together to create Colorado Trail Explorer (COTREX). COTREX is an endeavor to map every trail in the state, with information on allowed trail activities, trail length, trail difficulty, and other defining characteristics. Users can create an account and record trips, field notes, and trip reports, and complete challenges to document experiences and help others make informed decisions. COTREX is available as an online interactive map in any browser and as an app available free on the App Store and Google Play. Users can even download maps for use offline when outside of cell coverage. Information on trails and trailheads in COTREX is provided by trail managers across the state, including NFRMPO member agencies.