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Conversion of Mason/Howes Streets to Two-way Operations

The conversion of Mason and Howes Streets back to two-way traffic operation is a fundamental element of the Mason Corridor Master Plan adopted by City Council in October 2000 and in the Downtown Strategic Plan adopted by City Council in 2004.

The conversion of Mason and Howes Streets to two-way operation is designed to increase operational effficiency for both the Mason Corridor/BRT system as well as improve overall downtown access, mobility and circultation for automobile users and bicyclists.

For additional information, please contact:
Erika Keeton, Special Projects Engineer, 970-221-6521,

View Documents from the November 17, 2011 Open House


Frequently Asked Questions: Mason & Howes Streets

What is the schedule for the conversion of Mason and Howes?
Howes Street was successfully converted in June of 2009 and is now operating as a two-way street. Work on Mason Street began in September 2011 and is planned to be complete in August 2012.

The City of Fort Collins is working cooperatively with the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railroad to identify specific safety improvements along Mason Street and at each of the cross streets to better accommodate the two-way traffic operation adjacent to the BNSF railroad tracks. These safety improvements are a key element of the Mason Corridor project and are not anticipated to impact the construction schedule.

Conversion will take place over several phases:

  • Install underground communication conduits (September and October 2011)
  • Install necessary railroad and traffic signal equipment (November 2011 – June 2012)
  • Reconstruct railroad tracks –requires full closure to vehicles for seven days on Mason Street between Cherry and Laurel Streets (July 2012)
  • Finalize adjustments to signals and road striping (August 2012)
The City will keep the public informed of this work as it progresses.

Will Mason Street be closed during construction?
In order to modify the traffic signals, signage, and striping, it will be necessary to close segments of Mason Street for short periods of time. In most cases, only one or two blocks will be closed for approximately one day at a time. Certain portions of Mason Street may require closures for longer periods than one-day, but we will try to minimize disruption.

How will access to my property/business be affected?
With a few minor exceptions, access to all properties along Mason and Howes will remain unchanged. During construction, the City will notify all residents and business owners regarding timing for each block.

Will parking spaces be affected?
On street parking spaces will remain the same as they are today with the following exception. In order to provide room for new left turn lanes on Mason Street, it will be necessary to eliminate an isolated number of parking spaces at the Mulberry, Olive, and Mountain signalized intersection locations. There may be some additional on-street parking spaces removed to locate the future BRT stops.

How will bike lanes be affected?
Shared bike/parking lanes are currently located along both sides of Mason and Howes Streets. These lanes will remain the same as they are today, however, the two-way street conversion will also encourage two-way bike traffic.

Will any new traffic signals be installed?
Only one new traffic signal is planned at the Mason/Laurel intersection.

Will there be any intersection turn restrictions?
Yes, for safety reasons left turns will be prohibited on northbound and southbound Mason Street at the intersections of Myrtle, Magnolia, Oak, and Maple; eastbound and westbound left turns will be prohibited at Magnolia and Oak.

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