The City of Fort Collins, Larimer County and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) are working together to bring North College Avenue/US Highway 287 (from Jefferson Street to Highway 1) the amenities needed to support traveler safety, economic vitality and community livability. With four sections of a five-part project complete, the vision for this important northern gateway to Fort Collins is almost a reality.
The City recently completed improvements to North College directly south of the proposed project limits. Constructed improvements brought these sections of North College up to the City's current street standards.
CDOT is currently constructing roadway improvements from State Highway 1 to the LaPorte Bypass, including pedestrian and multi-modal improvements. The section of North College from the City limits to State Highway 1 will be the only remaining section with inadequate pedestrian and multi-modal facilities from Jefferson Street to the LaPorte Bypass.
North College Improvements – Conifer to Willox: Roadway Improvements Completed in Fall 2015, Landscaping Improvements to be Completed in Spring 2016.
North College Pedestrian Improvements: Anticipated Construction in Fall 2018.
The City, Larimer County, and CDOT are coordinating in order to minimize construction impacts and maximize improvements within the project budget. Larimer County and the City have secured federal funding and local developer contributions to complete the final pedestrian and multi-modal phase within the corridor. This project will design, acquire property interests, and construct multimodal improvements along North College Avenue (US Highway 287) between the City limits and State Highway 1, including a safer pedestrian and bicycle crossing of the canal. The design team will work closely with stakeholders including adjacent property owners, local residents, Larimer County and CDOT. Construction is anticipated for late 2018.
The City has secured federal funding and local developer contributions to design and construct the improvements as well as acquire property interests for the project. The anticipated overall project budget is approximately $1.7 million.
Similar to the previous North College projects, the design team will work closely with stakeholders to develop design plans which meet city, county and state goals yet still work with adjacent property owners and local residents.