Beginning March 4, Prospect Road will be fully closed on either side of the BNSF railroad tracks, between College and Centre Avenue, for approximately 6 weeks as multiple contractors, as well as City of Fort Collins crews, update nearly every aspect of the City’s infrastructure during construction of the MAX bus rapid transit system. New water lines, sewer pipes and electric conduits need to be relocated along the MAX route. Following the underground work, a new concrete roadway, curb & gutter, and sidewalks will be installed as part of the new pedestrian-friendly MAX transit system.
Access to businesses on Prospect within the closure area will be maintained throughout construction. Signs will be posted to direct drivers to nearby businesses. Eastbound traffic on Prospect Road will be directed to detour onto Shields Street, then to use Mulberry Street or Drake Road to reach College Avenue, and back to Prospect. Westbound traffic on Prospect Road will be directed to detour onto College Avenue, then to use Laurel or Drake to reach Shields Street, and back to Prospect. Pedestrians will be detoured to Lake Street or the Spring Creek Trail. Please allow extra time to reach your destination. See page 2 for the detour map.
Prospect Road, at the intersection near the BNSF railroad tracks, is very narrow. With the amount of utility work that needs to occur in this constrained space, it is not possible to safely close portions of the street and allow traffic to pass by construction. Crews will be working 7 days a week, 12 hours a day (from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.) to accomplish all that needs to be done on Prospect Road as quickly as possible. This extended closure minimizes inconvenience by shortening the time and duration of construction impacts rather than spreading them out over the year.
All construction work is subject to change due to unforeseen construction obstacles or extreme weather.
For more information, including a detour map, visit http://www.fcgov.com/maxconstruction
or call the MAX construction hotline, 970-416-2617.