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With Mason Street restored to two-way traffic in Downtown, MAX construction has spread out along the corridor. Crews are working near the CSU campus and the south end of the project near Harmony. The focus this fall, and moving into the winter, is on preparatory work for the new guideway including storm drainage construction and shrub and tree removal.
What Happened to the Trees Next to the Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF) Railroad Tracks?
The MAX guideway and stations are all on the east side of the BNSF railroad tracks, from south of Harmony to Laurel Street. In order to make room for the infrastructure and guideway itself, many trees have been relocated and or removed and recycled. It looks pretty bare south of Harmony, and starting this week, north of Drake. Eventually the trees in the guideway on Colorado State University's campus will also be removed and recycled.
Please remember that the City of Fort Collins has long been a community which values trees and its urban forest. Per City policy, trees that cannot be replanted will be replaced at the conclusion of the project so that the City's overall tree canopy will not be reduced. More than 100 trees were relocated within the corridor earlier in 2012. New trees and enhanced landscaping at stations will be planted in 2014.
Thank you to those citizens who took the time to attend our recent construction open house. Our focus is to make sure that you are aware of any construction activities happening in your area, as well as how our crews are planning their work to minimize the impacts of construction. Look for our team to issue regular construction updates, flyers at nearby businesses, door hangers and more.
Did you know?
MAX will operate nearly twice as fast as auto travel along College Avenue and provide high frequency service every 10 minutes. Future regional transit connections will link to MAX at the new South Transit Center.
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
Visit fcgov.com/maxconstruction OR call the MAX hotline at (970) 416-2617.
Two new pedestrian and bicycle railroad crossings will be constructed to help connect the Mason Trail and neighbors to MAX stations. An overpass, or elevated bridge, will be built just north and west of the Whole Foods Shopping Center next year. Meanwhile, the Troutman underpass is making progress!
The tunnel structure for the railroad underpass was installed in late July, work has since focused on connecting the Mason Trail to the tunnel on the east side, and extending the underpass west to the site of the new MAX station at Troutman Parkway. The Mason Trail has been closed in the area for the work, but will reopen within the next several weeks. Opening the underpass may take another two months as crews are coordinating west side operations with the guideway construction. Due to safety concerns, the underpass will not open unless it is safe for pedestrians and bicycles–we don't want to have people cross under the railroad tracks just to walk into the guideway construction zone. Watch for temporary signage in the area regarding access and detours.
Trail conditions for all City trails can be found at fcgov.com/parks/trail-status2.php.
Do you live, work, or play in Midtown, the area between Prospect and Harmony, along College Avenue?
Your ideas and suggestions are needed! During the Midtown Plan workshop, we'll ask our community members to brainstorm ideas on how the Midtown area should develop — how tall should buildings be? Where should new parks or gathering spaces be? What kind of connections do you want between College Avenue and Mason Street, where MAX bus rapid transit will run beginning in 2014?
Your ideas matter to the future of the area. Complimentary light dinner provided. Let us know you're coming, RSVP to Megan Bolin,
Midtown Community Workshop
Wednesday, November 14, 5:30–8 p.m.
Lincoln Center, Columbine Room
Light dinner provided; RSVP to
Learn more about the Midtown Plan and how it will frame the way the heart of Fort Collins will redevelop at fcgov.com/midtown.
Contact Megan Bolin with questions: (970) 221–6342 or