Over the past three months, the City of Fort Collins completed significant work along Harmony Road from College Avenue to Timberline Road including pavement rehabilitation and maintenance, the addition of three dedicated right turn lanes, and an expansion of the roadway to six lanes from Boardwalk Drive to McMurry Avenue. With the first phase done, attention focuses on remaining improvements which include landscaping as well as safety enhancements at the Union Pacific Railroad tracks to complete the six-lane expansion.
Final landscaping is planned to occur during early September for the new median west of the Union Pacific Railroad tracks. Single lane drops will be required near the median while crews install irrigation and planting, but significant traffic impacts are not expected.
Six Travel Lanes Across Railroad Tracks – McMurry to Timberline
Phase Two of the project will consist of safety improvements and signal upgrades at the Harmony Road and Union Pacific Railroad crossing. The crossing is approximately midway between McMurry Avenue and Timberline Road. The current railroad equipment is nearly twenty years old, reaching the end of its serviceable life, and does not meet code requirements for a six-lane roadway crossing. Through an agreement between Union Pacific and the City of Fort Collins, new warning signals, crossing gates and cantilevers will be installed that meet the federally mandated requirements. The railroad tracks will be removed and replaced, and the crossing material will be extended to the north to accommodate a new pedestrian connection.
The City has been working on the details, agreement and scope of work with Union Pacific and numerous oversight agencies for the past two years. Other parties involved in the design and review process include: the Colorado Department of Transportation, the American Railway Engineering and Maintenance-of-Way Association and the Public Utilities Commission. Final details and necessary approvals are in process, so it is anticipated that work will be scheduled in the near future.
After the completion of the railroad improvements, the City will convert this stretch of Harmony Road to six lanes of traffic with on-street bike lanes.
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