City Council unanimously adopted the West Elizabeth Enhanced Travel Corridor Plan at the October 18, 2016 City Council Meeting.
Highlights of the Recommended Design for West Elizabeth include:
The Reccomended Design Map shows the locations of the proposed improvements.
The Recommended Design is the long-term vision for the corridor. It has been described as a 10- to 15-year plan, but the timing of implementation depends on the availability of funding as well as redevelopment opportunities along the corridor. The City anticipates applying for grants to help pay for the full set of planned improvements. In the meantime, a City budget request has been submitted for 2017-18 to implement some of the high priority items (noted as “Interim” improvements in the plan document).
The project was designed to minimize impacts to private property. The Recommended Design for West Elizabeth is accommodated nearly completely within the City’s public right-of-way. Public right-of-way is defined as city-owned land intended for the general public’s use, such as streets and sidewalks. Sometimes it is not obvious where the right-of-way line is, and residents may currently be using existing right-of-way as part of their yard. Only four locations in the design are outside of existing public right-of-way; two are owned by CSU, one by the City of Fort Collins and one by a private property owner. In addition, right-of-way dedication may be required under certain conditions when a property owner redevelops their property. In the Recommended Design, right-of-way impacts are highlighted in yellow.
The current posted speed limit is 30 mph on West Elizabeth between Overland Trail and Shields Street, and this is anticipated to remain the same. Street design—even more than the posted speed limit—greatly impacts the speed at which motorists typically drive. The Recommended Design for the corridor is intended to encourage slower travel that is more in line with the current speed limit.
Efforts were made to maintain existing residential driveways and to use medians in a limited fashion that minimizes out of direction travel. In commercial areas, some improvements are proposed that would limit high crash movements (e.g., left turns out) while maintaining business access and circulation. In addition, with larger-scale redevelopment, consolidation of driveways on West Elizabeth is proposed to minimize conflict points and make West Elizabeth more consistent with arterial access standards.
The Shields and West Elizabeth intersection is currently being assessed in a separate effort. A 2015 intergovernmental agreement between CSU and the City requires that CSU make some at-grade intersection improvements prior to opening day of the on-campus stadium and assess a potential grade-separated crossing at this location (a concept that has been identified in multiple transportation plans over the years). An initial study indicated that an underpass is feasible, and a CSU and consultant team is working on the design in coordination with City staff. Some of the key issues to be addressed include: business access, safe crossings of two-way bicycle traffic, and the connection to the mid-block crossing of West Elizabeth. For more information and to provide input, please visit: http://source.colostate.edu/construction-and-parking/shields-underpass-proposal/
Thank you for your feedback on the Proposed 2016 Transit Route Changes! We heard you and made a few changes to accommodate concerns. Please take a look at the August 2016 - Planned Transit Service Changes.
The West Elizabeth corridor has been identified in the Transportation Master Plan (TMP) as part of a citywide network of Enhanced Travel Corridors (ETCs) – uniquely designed corridors with an emphasis on high-frequency transit, bicycling and walking. The West Elizabeth ETC Plan will develop a short- and long-term vision for the corridor based on an understanding of the transportation, land use, environmental, economic and social needs of the area.
The West Elizabeth Enhanced Travel Corridor (ETC) project was initiated in the spring of 2015. Phase 1 included extensive public outreach to learn how people travel through the corridor, as well as the issues and opportunities. The fall and early winter included the development of a Vision (Phase 2) and different Design Approaches that meet the Vision. The project Design Approaches were presented at a public open house in early December (materials are available here).
The project team spent the early part of 2016 incorporating the public input received into the Draft Recommended Design. The Draft Recommended Design was presented at a public open house on June 16 (materials are available here).