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The Adventure Begins! Summer Construction News
Downtown Business Summer Access Open House
Save the Date! The Taste of Mason
Proposed MAX Station Art Update
MAX Summer 2012 Construction Timeline

Project Schedule
May 7, 2012 Mason Street Business Access Open House
June 2012 Construction projects begin
June 7, 2012 Taste of Mason, MAX kick off event
July 16-22 Pre-construction work on Mason in Downtown, limited access
July 23-29 BNSF rail replacement, FULL CLOSURE on Mason between Cherry and Laurel
July 30-Aug. 3 Post-construction work on Mason in Downtown, limited access
August 2012 Look both ways! Two-way operation of Mason begins
2012-2013 Construction continues on underpass at Troutman, Overpass behind Whole Foods Market, new South Transit Center, new Transfort Maintenance Facility and the MAX BRT guideway
2014 Anticipated service begins on MAX

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The Adventure Begins! Summer Construction News

Construction on the MAX Bus Rapid Transit system begins this summer. Mason Street in Downtown will be severely affected! In addition to preparing Mason for two-way operation in early August, the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad is replacing the tracks in Downtown in late July.

Mason Closed July 23-29
The Railroad construction crews will be tearing out the old rails and ties, digging down a good 4-6’ to install new storm water systems and installing new rails and ties in an open ballast. Construction will occur from July 23-29 and includes 24 hours of construction, for seven days. Mason will be closed to vehicles and bicycles during that week. You will not be able to cross Mason anywhere except at Cherry Street on the north, and Laurel on the south. Once work is complete around Laporte or Mulberry, we’ll reopen these to close and work on Laurel.

Rolling Closures on Mason Street July 16-22 and July 30-Aug. 3

Pre- and post-construction activities will require closures on Mason Street between Cherry and Laurel Streets the week before and after the rail replacement. From July 16- 22 and July 30- August 3 crews for the various construction activities will be closing large sections of Mason Street at a time. Intersections will remain open as much as possible.

It is going to be very difficult to get around. Things will change day by day. You will know what to expect if you sign up for our construction alerts—we’ll email you alerts about what’s open, what’s closed, what’s on tap over the next day or so and more.

No Trains for Seven Days!

Bright spot: During the railroad construction July 23-29, there will be no BNSF trains in town!


Try to plan your route to get to the east or west side of Mason before you are in Downtown. The two parking structures will have information in mid June about how to get in and out of the Laporte Avenue Parking Structure (Mason access will be cut off from July 16- August 3).

More information will be coming out as construction details are solidified. Watch for this project enewsletter and sign up for construction alerts now to know what’s happening.

Downtown Business Summer Access Open House

Monday, May 7, 3-6 p.m., 281 N. College Ave. (MAP), Conference rooms A and B (City’s Planning, Development and Transportation Office Building)

During this busy construction season, how will you get to work? How will you get to your favorite business? Attend this Business Access Open House and find out! Large maps of the Downtown area will be on display and City staff members from our Traffic Department, Parking Department, Engineering Department and Communications Office will be available for individual access questions.

Save the Date! The Taste of Mason, June 7, 4-7 p.m.

Mayor Karen Weitkunat and City Manager Darin Atteberry request the pleasure of your company at the Taste of Mason: A special event celebrating the kick off of the Mason Corridor in Fort Collins, Colorado.

Taste of Mason
Thursday, June 7, 2012
Midtown Arts Center, 3750 S. Mason St. (MAP), Fort Collins, CO 80525

4-5 p.m.—Presentations and speeches from City leaders and visiting dignitaries
5-7 p.m.—Taste of Mason: Get a taste of the future of the Mason Corridor:

  • Enjoy food samples provided by Mason Street restaurants
  • Learn about MAX, the Front Range’s 1st Bus Rapid Transit system
  • Preview new economic redevelopments and renovations occurring along the corridor
  • Learn more about summer construction

Proposed MAX Station Art Update

Thank you for participating in our online survey and attending our public open houses!

We heard some great feedback from the public on the proposed art. More than 500 people weighed in on the art that will be installed on windscreens at the 12 MAX BRT stations in late 2013. While we can’t please everyone’s artistic tastes, we can send the feedback to our artist, Robert Tulley, and have him make some revisions. 

Next steps

Mr. Tulley is revising a number of windscreens. Later this spring he’ll send his final art renderings to City Council for final approval. We’ll also post them on the Mason Corridor website,

MAX Summer 2012 Construction Timeline

May 7:  Business Access Meeting
May 25:  Federal Transit Administration sends final funding
June 6:  Guideway construction begins
June 7:  Taste of Mason, the Mason Corridor kick off event!

June:    Over pass behind Whole Foods, the under pass at Troutman, the new South Transit Center and new Maintenance Facility all begin construction. 

July 16-22: Limited access on Mason in Downtown—expect closures (staging and material delivery for railroad rehabilitation work)
July 23-29: Full closure of Mason between Cherry and Laurel Streets. No east west connections.(Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad rehabilitation work, 24/7 operation!)
July 3—August 3: Limited access on Mason in Downtown—expect closures (curb and gutter and road striping)

Early August:  Mason reopens fully, two-operation begins—Look both ways! North and south vehicle and bicycle traffic.