Tuesday, November 13, 2018

Northern Colorado Regional Airport tests one-of-a-kind virtual tower

Remote tower interior layout concept. Image credit: FNL
Northern Colorado Regional Airport - formerly Fort Collins-Loveland Airport - is piloting a virtual air tower, which will use technology to assist plane movements in the airport. Currently under construction with the expected first phase of testing beginning in March, the virtual air tower will use a bank of monitors and three cameras to capture panoramic views of the air and ground traffic. Currently, there is no air tower so inbound and outbound planes must rely on the pilot's eyes and ears. The project is funded through the state Division of Aeronatuics and is a first for the country to combine cameras and radar.

Read more about the virtual air tower at the Coloradoan.

Tuesday, October 30, 2018

Weekend closure of the northbound I-25 on-ramp from CO 392 CANCELED

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Due to expected low temperatures and high humidity, the scheduled closure of the northbound on-ramp from CO 392 to I-25 is being postponed. The closure had been scheduled for Friday, November 9 at 9 p.m. through Monday, November 12 at 5 a.m. The closure will be rescheduled at a later date.

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

Construction Starts Oct. 15 to Rebuild CO 402 & I-25 Interchange

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Change is coming to SH402 and North I-25. Work begins on Monday, October 15 to rebuild the interchange and flip SH402 so that it crosses over the interstate. The project will be completed in three phases:
    • 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.
      Most of the work will be completed outside of North I-25, but nighttime lane closures will be required. In addition, the southbound off-ramp and on-ramp to SH402 will be closed in mid-October. For additional details and detour information, please read the CDOT press release.

      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

      Join CDOT in October for Statewide Conversations on Transportation

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      CDOT is holding in-person meetings and telephone town halls across the state this month to discuss transportation needs.

      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.

      Thursday, September 27, 2018

      @cityofloveland Transit Updating Routes, providing additional service

      City of Loveland Transit is updating the transit network in the Sweetheart City. Currently, COLT operates four routes and a paratransit system. With the reroutes, the City will operate five routes: Route 1 (Red); Route 2 (Green); Route 3 (Orange); Route 4 (Purple); and Route 5 (Blue). Coverage and frequency will increase: Routes 1 & 2 will operate on half hourly headways while Routes 3, 4, and 5 will continue to operate at 60 minute headways. Additionally, routes have been simplified, which will increase reliability.

      See the new map and more information at the City of Loveland Transit website.

      Wednesday, September 19, 2018

      Adopting Adaptive Technology: How Fort Collins is Solving Traffic Woes

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      Have you ever approached a red light only to notice there aren't even any cars trying to cross? Most intersections use pre-set signal timing, which means the lights change a set intervals, even if there are no cars at the intersection. For heavily trafficked areas, this may work just fine, but for corridors with inconsistent traffic flow, adaptive signals may be a better option. Adaptive signals sense and responds to traffic and can keep a heavy-flow corridor green for longer or allow for cross traffic to move through before it builds up.

      Fort Collins already uses these adaptive signal controls at 10 intersections along Harmony and plans to install them across 30 more intersections. The next wave of adaptive controls will be implemented along corridors with variable traffic, since heavily-trafficked corridors don't receive as much benefit from these upgraded signals.

      For more information on this project, check out Jacy Marmaduke's article in the Coloradoan.

      Monday, September 17, 2018

      Simplified Safe Routes to School Application is Now Live

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      Applying for funding through the Colorado Safe Routes to School (SRTS) program is easier this year than ever before with a new, streamlined, online application. The application for CDOT's statewide, competitive SRTS program is open until Thursday, November 1 at 4:00pm. Besides being moved online, the application is for two years worth of funding, meaning the next call for applications will not be until fall of 2020.

      Applicants can apply for a portion of the $5M in available SRTS funding for projects and programs that enable and encourage children to walk or bike to and from school. $4M is available for infrastructure projects and $1M is available for education projects. Eligible entities include schools, school districts, cities, towns, and counties.

      Learn how to apply here.

      Thursday, September 13, 2018

      CDOT announces opening of U.S. 85 lane between Eaton, Ault

      US 85 Project Work Area. Image credit: CDOT

      Great news for drivers along US 85 between Eaton and Ault. On Saturday, September 8, CDOT switched traffic to the final configuration on the southbound lanes of US 85. The northbound lanes will be fully open on Thursday, September 13. The full project should be completed by the end of October, but speed restrictions will continue until then. Last minute work includes seeding, concrete repairs, and coordinating with the railroad.

      More information about the project is available at https://www.codot.gov/projects/us-85-eaton-to-ault.

      Tuesday, September 11, 2018

      Gov. Hickenlooper Leads Groundbreaking for I-25 North Express Lanes

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      Gov. John Hickenlooper led a groundbreaking ceremony for the I-25 North Express Lanes: Johnstown to Fort Collins project. The goal of the project is to improve travel reliability and increase transportation safety in northern Colorado by adding two express lanes, one in each direction. The project will replace four aging bridges and includes bus, trail, pedestrian, and bicycle improvements.

      Gov. Hickenlooper said it best: "This project is a great example of local jurisdictions partnering with the state and federal agencies to ensure better mobility options are available faster to our northern drivers and residents."

      For more information visit the CDOT newsroom.

      CDOT's comical signs have a serious message

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      Perhaps you've seen the work of CDOT communications manager Sam Cole, who uses creative slogans to bring awareness to safety issues. Digital message boards, also known as Variable Message Signs (VMS), are located around the state to provide information to motorists. These signs can be used to encourage seat belt use, promote work zone safety, and discourage distracted driving. The inventive messages are developed by CDOT staff or submitted by the public.

      By using a creative approach, motorists are more likely to pay attention. Messages that have been displayed include:
      • "Get your head out of your apps"
      • "Buckle up buttercup"
      • "Crashes are no accident"
      Safety message suggestions from the public are encouraged. Read the 9news.com article to learn how to submit your idea.