Tuesday, October 29, 2019

CDOT shares results of Statewide Transportation Plan listening Tour

Your Transportation Plan Online Map Comments. Image Credit: CDOT
Road condition & safety, growth & congestion, and a lack of travel options are the most important transportation issues in Colorado according to a new report released by the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The Midpoint Report summarizes five months of outreach conducted by the agency to inform Your Transportation Plan, the statewide transportation plan currently in development.

CDOT gathered input from tens of thousands of Coloradans across the state. The report summarizes feedback at the statewide and regional level and will be used to determine a 10-year "pipeline" of projects.

The draft plan will be released for public review in early 2020. More information on the planning effort is available at YourTansportationPlan.com.

To view the CDOT Press Release on the Midpoint Report, visit  https://www.codot.gov/news/2019/october/cdot-shares-results-of-statewide-transportation-plan-listening-tour.

Monday, October 21, 2019

Johnstown 402 Exit Reopens, Marking Progress for I-25 Construction

An artist rendering of the new Highway 402 interchange in Johnstown. The road has been closed since July.
Image Credit: CDOT
The Colorado Department of Transportation reopened the Highway 402 exit between Johnstown and Loveland on Friday, October 18th marking the first milestone in a years-long effort to upgrade Interstate 25 through Northern Colorado. The road has been closed since July.

The design, as seen in the photo above, is similar to what CDOT plans to build at several interchanges along a 20-mile stretch of the road between Berthoud and Fort Collins.

For the full story, read the article from KUNC.

Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Next Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission on Friday, 10/11 in Loveland

The Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission will hold its next meeting at the Loveland Public Works Administration Building from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. The public is invited to the meeting at 2525 West First Street Loveland, CO 80537.

Meeting Details:
October 11, 2019
10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Public Works Administration Building
2525 West First Street
Loveland, CO 80537

For more information about the Commission, visit their website.

Thursday, October 3, 2019

Steve Harelson named CDOT Chief Engineer

Image credit: Hugh Carey, Summit Daily.
On Wednesday, CDOT announced Steve Harelson will serve as its new Chief Engineer, effective immediately. Harelson has worked for CDOT since 2002, serving as West Program Engineer in the Denver Metro Area since 2013. CDOT Executive Director Shoshana Lew praised Harelson, saying,“Steve’s range of work and experience with some of our most important infrastructure will be a great asset to CDOT and the travelling public. [...] Steve’s leadership will be instrumental as we continue to work to deliver a safe and reliable transportation system in Colorado.”

Read more from CDOT.

Wednesday, October 2, 2019

Save the Date! I-25 North Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins 402 Grand Opening -- Oct. 18

CDOT is hosting the SH402 and I-25 Interchange Grand Opening Event after 120 days of construction. CDOT achieved this milestone on the I-25 North Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins project. With this critical piece of the project coming to a close, it is time to look to the future and announce the next big piece for I-25 North.

More information is available at codot.gov/projects/north-i-25/johnstown-to-fort-collins.

Three Poudre River Trail gaps to be filled with help of $2M GOCO grant

Image credit: Brendan Bombaci, 2014.
45 continuous miles of paved trail will soon connect Bellvue to Greeley by 2023 with the help of a $2M Great Outdoors Colorado (GOCO) Connect Initiative grant. The grant will help fill the three remaining gaps in the Poudre River Trail, 4.7 total miles, between Fort Collins and Windsor. Work will begin this fall and be completed by 2023, shortly after CDOT constructs a trail underpass of I-25 as part of the Poudre River bridge replacement.

The Poudre River Trail is Regional Non-Motorized Corridor (RNMC) #6, as designated by the NFRMPO, and is part of the Colorado Front Range Trail, which will eventually connect New Mexico to Wyoming along Colorado's Front Range.

The Poudre River Trail makes dozens of connections to other regional trails, local trails, parks, schools, residential and commercial areas, natural areas and parks, and other amenities. With booming growth expected to continue through around Timnath and Windsor, the geographic heart of the NFRMPO region, the Podure River Trail's significance for transportation and recreation will increase significantly in the coming years. Partners estimate the trail draws over 300,000 visitors annually.

The successful 2019 GOCO Connect grant application was completed and submitted this summer by Larimer County, The City of Fort Collins, the Town of Timnath, and the Town of Windsor. The 2023 ribbon cutting on these new sections will mark the culmination of decades of planning, design, construction, maintenance, repair, and advocacy among countless partners.

Further east, the City of Greeley is looking to relocate the Podure River Trail's easternmost trailhead from Island Grove Park and is working on plans to continue the trail east across US85, where it will eventually link up to the American Discovery Trail around the confluence of the Poudre and South Platte Rivers.

Read more from Larimer County.

Greeley’s roads master plan adoption postponed, city to ‘reassess’ O Street options

Image credit: Greeley Tribune
O Street is a major road in Greeley and its future is being considered as part of Greeley's update to the city's Street Master Plan map. Two extensions, extending the road to connect from US85 to SH257, would cut through farmland and other land. At its outreach events, Greeley staff heard concerns from residents and property owners about the impact to the existing landscape. City staff has postponed a presentation to the City Council to reevaluate.

More information about the O Street project is available through the Greeley Tribune.

Friday, September 27, 2019

Construction starts Sunday on the I-25 North: Berthoud to Johnstown Express Lanes Project at CO 56

Project Limits of Construction Work Zone. Image Credit: CDOT
The next phase of improvements along I-25 begins on Sunday, September 29 with the reconstruction of the I-25 bridge over Little Thompson River and elongating the southbound on-ramp from SH 56. The longer on-ramp will allow for a safer merge to the truck climbing lane. Additionally, the I-25 and SH 56 interchange will be completely reconstructed. All three projects are scheduled to be complete in 2021.

The three projects are part of the I-25 North: Berthoud to Johnstown Express Lanes project which will add an Express Lane in each direction of I-25 from SH 56 to SH 402, replace aging bridges, improve safety and efficiency at interchanges, add bus transit infrastructure along I-25, and create new pedestrian and bicycle access across I-25. The entire project is scheduled to be complete in 2023.

Construction will typically occur between 7 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with occasional nighttime lane closures from 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained in each direction during peak travel times, but lane and shoulder widths will be minimized and the speed limit will be reduced to 65 mph.

Read the CDOT Press Release for more information. You can find the most current travel updates at the project website: http://www.codot.gov/projects/north-i-25.

Tuesday, September 24, 2019

Fort Collins quest for railroad quiet zone stalls as lobbying effort derails

Image Credit: City of Fort Collins
The City of Fort Collins is postponing their federal lobbying effort to establish a railroad quiet zone in downtown Fort Collins.

Earlier this year the City had appropriated about $50,000 to hire Squire Patton Boggs (SPB) to lobby for a rider in federal legislation to allow a quiet zone along Mason Street. However, SPB declined the contract due to conflict of interest with another client.

Quiet zones are regulated by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA) and allow areas with specified safety measures such as gates, lights, and bells, to eliminate train horns within the zone. 

Due to the time needed to secure another lobbying firm and limits with the congressional calendar, city staff are recommending waiting until after the 2020 election to hire a federal lobbyist.

For more information, read the article in the Coloradoan.

Monday, September 23, 2019

E-scooters will hit Fort Collins, CSU in mid-October

E-scooter in downtown Miami. Image credit: Phillip Pessar/Flickr

Fort Collins will start a one-year pilot of electric scooters in the downtown and Colorado State University areas of the city. Rollout is expected the week of October 14 after a two week education and outreach program. Initially, there will be 250 e-scooters throught Fort Collins and 250 at CSU. The e-scooters will be allowed on city streets from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. in summer and 5 a.m. to 7 p.m. in winter. The scooters can be left in any location but representatives from the company will return e-scooters to specified areas by 4 a.m. each day.

For more information on the program, read the article on the Coloradoan.