Thursday, April 1, 2021

Bridge work at Interstate 25 and U.S. Highway 287 to close county roads

Owl Canyon Road over I-25 on Google Maps

CDOT has announced work on four Larimer County bridges that span I-25 and US287 beginning next week through the fall. The bridges concerned are Larimer County Roads 70, 66 and 58 over I-25 and the Larimer County Canal at U.S. 287. Full closures of the bridges on LCR 66 and 58 will take place and single-lane closures at other construction sites will continue until the anticipated completion date in October. I-25 and U.S. 287 lanes will not be closed by the work. These projects are unrelated to the North I-25 Express Lanes project.

Read more in this article from the Coloradoan.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021

North I-25 Upcoming Public Meeting on April 14




Construction on the I-25 North Express Lanes Project, Johnstown to Fort Collins, is progressing rapidly. Upcoming activities include the reconfiguration of Harmony Road, the permanent closure of the East Frontage Road and work on the Kechter Road bridge.
 
What: The project team will host a virtual public meeting to provide information about these upcoming construction activities and closures and answer any questions local businesses or residents have.

When: Wednesday, April 14, 2021, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

Where: This event will be held virtually. Click here to register to attend.

Find out more about the project by visiting CDOT's project website.

Thursday, March 25, 2021

Vine Drive train overpass to be completed this year

Initial embankment shown on Google Maps near Buckingham St.

Fort Collins is restarting construction on the $24M train overpass near Lemay Avenue and Vine Drive. Some parts of the project were started in 2018 but stalled for various reasons, including the pandemic. City Council approved the needed funding for the project in November 2020. The project will move 1.5 miles of Lemay Avenue via an embankment over the train tracks, while maintaining the existing Lemay Ave as a local street. Traffic can typically back up at the intersection of Lemay Avenue and Vine Drive due to the switching yard nearby.

Find out more in this article from the Coloradoan and by visiting the project page on the Fort Collins website.

Tuesday, March 23, 2021

New Proposal Seeks $4B For Colorado’s Roads, Transit And More Over The Next Decade

Construction on I-25. Image credit: CDOT

Funding for transportation in Colorado could be moving forward with the Legislature's most recent proposal. According to a presentation released for public comment, the proposed bill would:

  • Raise gasoline fees by 2 cents a gallon every two years, starting in fiscal year 2023 and continuing to fiscal year 2029. Diesel fees would rise 6 cents per gallon in fiscal year 2023, and 1 cent every two years. They would be tied to a construction cost index after that
  • New fees on top of an existing $50 annual electric vehicle fee, slowly increasing to $90 for battery electric vehicles and $27 for plug-in hybrids by fiscal year 2032
  • A 30-cent fee on rides with services like Uber and Lyft, plus a to-be-determined fee on taxi rides
  • A 25-cent fee for online retail deliveries
  • $1.23 billion in new general fund and stimulus spending over the next 11 years.
  • Reduce vehicle registration fees in 2022 and 2023
This funding would be used to address CDOT's 10 Year Strategic List of Projects, roadway projects, transit projects, and other initiatives. More information about the proposal are available through this presentation and this article from Colorado Public Radio.

Wednesday, March 17, 2021

Weld & Greeley talk details of planned O Street roundabout

35th & O St Intersection on Google Maps

Beginning this fall, Weld County will build a roundabout at 35th Avenue and O Street, south of Seeley Lake and to the north and slightly west of Greeley. The project is a partnership between the County and the City of Greeley with each contributing funding. Greeley will take on maintenance into the future as the area is expected to be annexed into the City. In the past year, multiple roundabouts have been constructed in Weld County due to their improved safety and maintenance. Additional roundabouts are in design and will open in the coming years.

Find about more about this project in this article from the Greeley Tribune.

Friday, February 26, 2021

United bringing 'wingless flights' to Northern Colorado Regional Airport

United airplane. Image credit: Flickr

A new experience is coming to the NoCo Regional Airport: United Airlines on Friday announced a partnership with ground transportation company Landline to provide "wingless flights" from the Fort Collins-Loveland airport beginning April 1. Individuals flying on a United Airlines flight can select NoCo Regional Airport as their origin/destination, park at the airport in Loveland, and be taken to Denver International Airport. In the long-term, this partnership between Landline, United Airlines, and the NoCo Regional Airport could mean additional funding for the airport because people using this program will be considered "emplaning" at NoCo. 

The service is expected to start April 1, but people can start booking through United on February 26.

Find out more by reading the article in the Coloradoan.

Friday, February 12, 2021

North I-25 Express Lanes Project to see second bus slip in middle of interstate

I-25 construction via CDOT. Source.

The North I-25 Express Lanes project has gradually gotten more multimodal as CDOT has found more funding. Because of additional stimulus funds, private developer dollars, and other sources, CDOT will build a second set of slip ramps near the new SH56 interchange for Bustang to use. These slip ramps allow Bustang to stay within the I-25 right-of-way rather than get off at an exit and meander through a park-n-ride.

The first set of slip ramps are currently under construction at Centerra, near US34. The mobility hub includes placing a protected Bustang slip in the middle of the expanded northbound and southbound lanes near Kendall Parkway, The mobility hub design includes a park and ride, plaza with the possibility of food trucks, a landscaped walkway to a tunnel under I-25, and up a ramp to a platform where riders will access buses.

Find out more about the North I-25 Express Lanes project from CDOT, and more about the bus slip ramps through this article in the Coloradoan. For more information about Bustang, visit their website.

Wednesday, February 3, 2021

NFRMPO releases EJ Plan for public comment through March 4, 2021


Residents of the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO) region are invited to share their thoughts and feedback on the draft Environmental Justice (EJ) Plan during a 30-day public comment period. This 30-day public comment period begins on Wednesday, February 3, 2021 and closes on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

The North Front Range region enjoys a diverse and growing community. The rapid and continued growth of the region requires that transportation investments keep up with development to maintain a vibrant economy. To better incorporate this increasing diversity into future plans, programs, and efforts, the NFRMPO is pleased to release the draft EJ Plan. The EJ Plan builds on the limited EJ analyses NFRMPO staff currently undertakes.

Through the EJ Plan, the NFRMPO seeks to ensure the regional transportation planning process better reflects the needs and expectations of residents regardless of income, race, national identity, disability status, or ability to speak English. To reflect this goal, the EJ Plan consists of four key components: an existing regional demographic profile and analysis of low-income and minority populations as well as new communities of concern; recommendations for improving and creating a more inclusive transportation planning process in the North Front Range region; best practices from local, regional, state, and national examples; and a community resources inventory.

A copy of the plan is available at the NFRMPO offices at 419 Canyon Avenue, Suite 300, Fort Collins, CO 80521. The full EJ Plan can be accessed on the NFRMPO website at https://nfrmpo.org/wp-content/uploads/2021-environmental-justice-plan-draft.pdf. Anyone needing special accommodations to access the content of the plan should contact the NFRMPO at staff@nfrmpo.org. All comments on the EJ Plan should be provided to Alex Gordon at agordon@nfrmpo.org and/or Ryan Dusil at rdusil@nfrmpo.org by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 4, 2021.

Tuesday, February 2, 2021

Loveland City Council will vote on CDOT plan for the future of Colo. 402

SH402
A plan for access points along a stretch of SH402 will be voted on by the Loveland City Council at their meeting tonight. The Access Control Plan, or ACP, covers SH402 between US287 and I-25, and was developed through a partnership between CDOT, Loveland, Johnstown, and Larimer County.

The ACP recommends reducing the number of access points along the corridor to improve safety and mobility. Access points would be closed, modified, or added when certain triggers are met, such as a property being developed or redeveloped causing at least a 20 percent increase in traffic.

Currently, the 4.8 miles of SH402 covered in the ACP has 78 access points, most of which have no turning restrictions. Work on the ACP began after the US 34 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study identified SH402 as a critical east-west corridor.

Read more from the Loveland Reporter-Herald.

Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Poudre Trail nears completion, looks to future for next steps

Poudre Trail. Image credit: Poudre Trail Facebook


The Poudre Trail is a major trail corridor that will connect LaPorte northwest of Fort Collins to the city of Greeley when it is completed in the next few years. With the upcoming completion of the trail, the Poudre River Trail Corridor Board is looking to the future to identify the corridor's next steps. Potential next steps include a connection to the confluence with the Platte River as well as envisioning the entire corridor beyond just the trail. 

For more information, read the article from the Greeley Tribune.