The City Master Street Plan identifies Sharp Point Drive and Nancy Gray Avenue connected across the Great Western Railroad tracks. In recent years, the connection has become a priority due to recent developments to the south. Emergency services including Fort Collins Police and the Larimer County Sheriff’s Office are located very close to this project, and will benefit greatly from having multiple ways to access neighborhoods and businesses.
The project will also provide a bike and pedestrian connection to the Poudre Trail north of the railroad tracks.
The City has submitted an application for a new at-grade crossing of the Great Western tracks to the Public Utilities Commission (PUC). Due to Great Western Railroad opposition of the new crossing, the application is going through a hearing process with the PUC. A final decision by the PUC is expected in late 2017. The City is actively working to negotiate with Great Western to gain support from the railroad.
The City Engineering Department is working with a design consultant to finalize plans and get the project “shovel ready” in time for PUC approval and railroad construction coordination. At this point, construction scheduling is tentative due to the PUC process and railroad coordination.
Construction activity is anticipated to have little impact on nearby businesses and residences.
Transportation Capital Expansion Fee (formerly Street Oversizing) funds are the primary funding source. Additional funds were appropriated as part of the City’s 2015-2016 budget.
Construction scheduling is tentative due to the PUC process and coordination with Great Western. More precise construction dates will be added as they are determined.
Caleb Feaver, Project Manager
City of Fort Collins