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Northwest Trail Improvements
Construction Begins on Poudre River Trail Spur
The new Poudre River Trail Spur is being constructed from the existing Poudre River Trail about a ¼ of a mile west of Shields St. to Lancer Drive. The spur will go through City of Fort Collins and Poudre School District property (Lincoln Middle School) and connect to Lancer Dr. (a one-way road that connects Vine Dr. to Lincoln Middle School and the Boys and Girls Club). The new trail spur will be ¾ of a mile in length and will help to connect the northwest neighborhoods and middle school to the Poudre River Trail.
Construction will not affect any roads or current trails. Construction is scheduled through late 2019.
Improvements Coming Soon to NW Fort Collins!
Beginning summer 2019, the City will complete several bicycle and pedestrian projects in northwest Fort Collins to improve safety and connectivity to schools, the Poudre Trail, the Boys & Girls Club and other nearby destinations. The following projects bring together resources from several City departments as well as the County.
Overview of Projects:
- A paved trail connecting between Lincoln Middle School/Lancer Drive and the Poudre Trail.
- A soft-surface trail connecting between Taft Hill and Vine in the Puente Verde Natural Area (west of Lancer).
- A protected bicycle and pedestrian lane on the south side of Vine connecting from the Puente Verde Natural Area trail to Hannah Drive.
- A protected two-way bike lane on the eastern leg of Lancer connecting Vine to Lincoln Middle School and the new Poudre spur trail.
- New or upgraded pedestrian and bicycle crossings at Vine and Lancer, and on Taft Hill connecting the new Puente Verde Natural Area trail and an existing trail on the west side of Taft Hill Road.
Construction has already begun on these projects and will likely carry through early 2020.
The area surrounding W. Vine Drive and Lincoln Middle School has been recommended for improved bicycle and pedestrian connections in the following plans:
In 2016 / 2017, the City completed the Project Outdoors: Plug in to Nature in Northwest Fort Collins planning process in partnership with the community and various key stakeholders. The goal of Project Outdoors was to understand the specific barriers youth and families experience to connecting to the outdoors, identify strategies to address the disconnect, and empower youth and the community to be part of a collective to solve it. Following the planning process, an Implementation Grant application was been submitted to make the vision come to life. Although the implementation grant was not funded, many of the projects identified and prioritized in the planning process are moving forward as part of the work being completed this year.