Kechter & Timberline Intersection Improvements
In 2011, City Engineering completed an Arterial Intersection Prioritization Study which listed the intersection of Kechter and Timberline Roads as one of the top-ranked locations for needed safety and operational improvements. Existing problems which brought this intersection to the top of the list include: significant congestion during the morning peak hour, higher than average vehicle accident rates, and intersection delay. The project will include multi-modal facility improvements to create a safer and more efficient intersection for all users.
- Improve safety and overall efficiency for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians
- Reduce the accident rate by modifying the configuration of the intersection
- Improve air quality by reducing vehicle wait time (delay)
Proposed Improvements (Conceptual Design)
The Arterial Intersection Prioritization Study identified the need for a dedicated right turn lane from northbound Timberline Road to eastbound Kechter Road. Currently, this stretch of roadway is heavily congested in the northbound Timberline direction during the morning peak hour. The proposed improvements will reduce vehicle delay by 15% during the morning peak hour, and by 5% during the afternoon peak hour. As part of the conceptual design phase, the City will compare a partial right-of-way acquisition versus the ultimate right-of-way acquisition by using cost-benefit and lifecycle cost analyses. Additionally, we will investigate bicycle and sidewalk connections adjacent to the improvement area.
The project will be funded through the Building on Basics (BOB) Intersection Funds from the voter approved quarter-cent sales tax.
- Preliminary Design January-March 2013
- Final Design April-June 2013
- Right-of-Way Acquisition Phase April-September 2013
- Construction Fall 2013 (Right-of-Way Dependent)
A detailed communication plan will be developed and implemented with the final design phase through construction. The communication plan will highlight milestone dates, news releases, social media and specific outreach methods for residents and the travelling public. Check back here often for exact construction dates. Additionally, the project construction information will be available on our interactive trip planner, FC Trip.
Tim Kemp | Capital Projects Engineer | 970-416-2719 |