Tuesday, October 13, 2020

Official urges drivers to practice caution as Garden City becomes more walkable

Garden City as seen from Google Maps

October is National Pedestrian Safety Month as designated by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), and Garden City has been making investments to improve pedestrian safety in the Weld County town. Three crosswalks have been installed along 8th Avenue, with the most recent one completed at 27th Street Road. The crosswalks feature pedestrian safety aspects like signage and flashing lights as well as a speed limit in the area of 25 MPH. Town officials want to make Garden City a more walkable town and safety is an important aspect of that effort.

Read more about this project in the article from the Greeley Tribune

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

I-25 North Express Lanes Project Virtual Meeting on Oct. 8

CDOT will host a virtual public meeting on Thursday, Oct. 8, from 6–7 p.m. about upcoming project improvements, schedule and major travel impacts to expect during the North I-25 Express Lanes project. The meeting will be recorded and available for viewing later on the project website, codot.gov/projects/north-i-25, for those who are unable to attend the live virtual event. 

According to CDOT, construction in this portion of the project will include bridge construction, utility work and installation of new drainage culverts between State Highway 56 and Larimer County Road 16. In additoin, CDOT will construct a new SH 56 and I-25 interchange, including flipping the interchange so that I-25 runs over SH 56. Roundabouts will be added, and the carpool lot will be relocated to the northeast corner of the interchange. 

CDOT will preview the next phase of construction, which includes adding the Express Lane and wider shoulders in each direction on I-25 and is set to begin in early 2021. Initially, motorists can anticipate shoulder closures, lane shifts and additional impacts along the southbound outside shoulder of I-25 to accommodate the first phase of bridge construction and utility relocations.

Meeting details are as follows: 

Wednesday, September 16, 2020

NoCo Active Transportation Challenge in Greeley, Loveland, and other NFRMPO communities


Ahoy - bikers, transiteers, walkers, and drivers! September 20th through the 26th has been designated as the NoCo Active Transportation Challenge. The cities of Loveland and Greeley and the NFRMPO are asking people to #SwitchATrip from their car to a trip by bike, transit, walking, scooting, or via anything that is not a car. There are physical benefits to walking and biking, and air quality benefits related to biking, walking, and taking transit. The Greeley Tribune article linked below identifies some great statistics about these benefits.

People who are interested in the challenge should take the pledge and will be entered to win prizes provided by local businesses and agencies. The #SwitchATrip Pledge is available on the NFRMPO website.

Read more about the challenge in the Greeley Tribune and on the NFRMPO website.

Wednesday, September 2, 2020

CDOT Safer Routes to School opens grant application period

Kids riding bikes in Fort Collins. Image credit: Fort Collins

Grant applications to help fund projects promoting safe and accessible opportunities for K-8 children to walk and bike to and from school are now available from the Colorado Department of Transportation.
The program will distribute up to $7 Million in funds. Interested entities can register and apply through early November at: https://www.codot.gov/programs/bikeped/safe-routes.

Monday, August 31, 2020

CDOT Projection Suggests A Front Range Train Could Carry 3M Passengers A Year

At last week's Southwest Chief & Front Range Passenger Rail Commission (SWC&FRPRC) meeting, CDOT presented modeling data related to potential routes and stations for the Front Range Passenger Rail project. Though no official routes or schedules have been chosen, CDOT studied what was called the BNSF corridor between Fort Collins and Pueblo. Based on the modeling expectations, CDOT estimates there could be more than 9,000 people riding the rails along the Front Range.

BNSF Corridor data compared to other Commuter Rail Systems, CDOT.

The project is still in the study phase. Funding has not been identified, but the next step may be for an Environmental Impact Statement (EIS). 

Find out more by reading this article from Colorado Public Radio.

CDOT releases video about I-25 progress in Northern Colorado

CDOT produced a video to give an update on the progress and plans for the rest of the year for construction along the entire North I-25 corridor. For more information about construction happening along the I-25 corridor, visit CDOT's project page.

Thursday, August 27, 2020

Bridge work requires full night closures of I-25 and Prospect Road Sept. 1 and 8


Expect nighttime closures of North I-25 at Prospect Road and at Prospect Road between the on- and off- ramps on the nights of September 1st and 8th. During the closure, the deck for the new Prospect Road bridge will be poured for the north portion of the bridge. 

Once completed, the Prospect Road bridge will have two through lanes, center turn lanes in each direction, and a bike and pedestrian multi-use path.

For more information, including the recommended detour, visit https://www.codot.gov/news/2020/august-2020/bridgeworknews.

Friday, August 21, 2020

CDOT Remembers Pedestrians Killed with Display of 76 Shoes Left Behind

Image Credit: CDOT

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) kicked off a new awareness campaign with a memorial at Denver’s Union Station for the pedestrians who lost their lives on Colorado roads in 2019. The memorial includes 76 pairs of shoes honoring each pedestrian fatality last year.

The Left Behind campaign appeals to Coloradans emotions by highlighting the devastation of a pedestrian crash by showing the personal belongings which are left behind after a crash. The campaign seeks to create more awareness of pedestrians on Colorado roads asking drivers to give their full attention and make sure all road users reach their destination safely.

For the full article see the article on CDOT’s website. For more information on the campaign including a video and safety tips click here .

Thursday, August 20, 2020

$1.1 million grant will extend sidewalks on 57th and U.S. 287 in Loveland

Map of sidewalks from Larimer County

Larimer County has received $1.1M in Transportation Alternatives (TA) program funds to complete sidewalks in around the intersection of East 57th Street and US287. In the neighborhood, Residents Unidos identified sidewalk connections as a major community and safety improvement. Four  segments of sidewalks will be built:

  • On the south side of East 57th Street east from U.S. 287 to Lago Vista Drive.
  • Along the north side of 57th from Monroe Avenue west to U.S. 287.
  • On the west side of 287 from 57th south to Ranch Acres Drive.
  • On the east side of 287 from 57th north to the underpass at roughly 64th Street.

These new sidewalk connections will connect the neighborhoods to FLEX stops and regional trails.

Read more about the project via an article from the Reporter Herald.

@RideBustang to hold open house for new Sterling - Greeley route, Aug 27


Bustang Outrider photo via CDOT

Great news for the US34/I-76 corridor as Bustang is moving forward with the Sterling to Greeley Bustang Outrider service. The service is (currently) set to start in 2021. Expected stops are in Sterling, Atwood, Merino, Hillrose, Brush, Fort Morgan, Log Lane Village, Wiggins, Kersey, and Greeley. More specific station locations, schedules, and the opportunity for feedback will happen at a digital open house on August 27 at 6:30 p.m. 

More information about the service and the open house are available via CDOT press release.