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Vine and Shields Roundabout Improvement

Project GOALS

In 2011, City Engineering completed an Arterial Intersection Prioritization Study which listed the intersection of Vine and Shields as one of the top-ranked locations for needed safety and operational improvements. The reasons for the poor ranking include: higher than average vehicle accident rates, deficient and/or non-existent bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and intersection delay for all transportation types. With this project, our goals are to:

  • improve safety and overall efficiency for vehicles, bicycles and pedestrians,
  • reduce the accident rate by adding correcting the horizontal geometry
  • improve air quality by reducing vehicle wait times, and
  • construct landscape and streetscape improvements

Proposed Improvements (Final design)

The intersection will be converted to a single lane roundabout with enhanced pedestrian and bicycle facilities. Upon completion of the intersection and Larimer County's North Shields project, bike lanes and sidewalks will connect Vine Dive to the Poudre River Trail. The central island and parkways will be landscaped. The Art in Public Places theme will be carried throughout the project footprint, and highlighted with special features at the intersection corners. Additionally, we are designing some progressive stormwater quality treatment options.


A majority of the funding comes from a federal gran in the category of Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) improvements. Additional funding comes from the voter approved Building on Basics (BOB) quarter-cent sales tax and the Regional Road Impact Fee.


  • Final Design May-October 2014
  • Right-of-way Acquisition Phase June-December 2014
  • Construction Spring 2015

Public Outreach

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 |