The City will begin construction on February 13th, 2017. There will be 3 major phases of construction which include roadway closures. These closures are listed below and detailed in the graphics:
From mid-April through early July there will be daily lane closures to complete construction. The public should allow for extra travel time through and around this intersection from February through July of 2017. The major detour routes will be posted along Drake, Mulberry, Riverside and Lemay and are detailed in the graphic.
In 2011, the City’s Engineering Department completed an Arterial Intersection Prioritization Study which listed the intersection of College Avenue (SH 287) and Prospect Road as one of the top-ranked locations for needed safety and operational improvements. The Study analyzed over 160 arterial intersections citywide. Intersections were prioritized for improvement based upon: accident rates (safety), vehicle delay (congestion), alternative travel modes (biking, walking and transit) and benefit-cost ratios.
Investigation into the College and Prospect intersection shows: higher than average vehicle accident rates, significant congestion in the peak travel hours, substandard bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and insufficient turn lanes.
Current traffic counts show that the Average Daily Traffic (ADT) is 69,000 vehicles per day passing through the intersection, one of the busiest areas in all of Fort Collins. The last time improvements were made to this intersection was in 1995.
This project is a significant partnering effort between 4 major entities: City Engineering Department, City Utilities Department, City Streets Department and Colorado State University. One of the primary goals during construction is to reduce the overall impact to the public. All of the improvements will be managed and coordinated as one combined project, including the improvements that are funded and constructed by CSU. This will reduce the overall construction time by approximately 2 months, as well as have significant cost savings.
Colorado State University (CSU) is developing the northwest corner of this intersection as the home of their new Medical Center Complex. The Medical Center project will construct improvements along Prospect Road (between the Mason Trail and College Avenue) and along College Avenue (between Prospect Road and Lake Street). The project will also install a landscaped median along Prospect as an additional safety and congestion benefit. These improvements will be funded, designed and constructed by Colorado State.
As part of the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City and Colorado State, CSU will also fund and construct a second eastbound to northbound left turn lane at the intersection.
The Medical Center project presented an opportunity for the City to address other existing deficiencies at this intersection. City Council recently approved a mid-budget offer for the design and construction of additional turn lane improvements, beyond Colorado State's obligations. The City and CSU will work collaboratively on these improvements, with each entity funding their own design and construction costs. This collaborative approach will allow us to build the improvements at the same time, making construction more efficient and reducing the impact to travelers and nearby businesses.
The City's Engineering Department has also partnered with the City Utilities Department and City Streets Department to upgrade their facilities in the area. Working in the intersection will allow the existing storm sewer system to be upgraded to meet the current Stormwater Master Plan, including replacing the old system with 36” and 48” reinforced concrete pipe in Prospect Road and Remington Street. This will help prevent future flooding that the intersection currently sees during rainfall events and will allow the Utilities Department to upgrade the entire Remington outfall into Spring Creek in the coming years.
Partnering with the City Streets Department has allowed the opportunity to replace much of the intersection with concrete instead of asphalt, particularly on the east leg of the intersection. This will involve a total reconstruct of the east leg providing for a better roadway, which means less maintenance costs and impacts in the future. The project is also being coordinated with the ongoing maintenance paving along Prospect Road from Shields Street to Interstate 25.
The Medical Center project presented an opportunity for the City to address other existing deficiencies at this intersection. City Council recently approved a mid-budget offer for the design and construction of additional turn lane improvements, beyond Colorado State’s obligations. The City and CSU will work collaboratively on these improvements, with each entity funding their own design and construction costs. This collaborative approach will allow us to build the improvements at the same time, making construction more efficient and reducing the impact to travelers and nearby businesses.
|Preliminary Design||January – April, 2016|
|Right-of-Way Negotiations||April, 2016 – January, 2017|
|Final Design||May – December, 2016|
|Construction||February – July, 2017|
The West Central Area Plan was adopted by City Council in March, 2015. This Plan provides the framework for the short-term and long-term vision for the Prospect Road corridor between Shields Street and College Avenue, and will serve as the outline for the upcoming enhancements to the College and Prospect intersection.
With this project our goals are to:
The total project budget is approximately $5M including contributions from CSU, City Departments and Council approved funding. This includes the cost of design, right-of-way, and construction of this project.
Dan Woodward | Project Manager | 970-416-4203 | ZHdvb2R3YXJkQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==