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Laporte Corridor Pedestrian and Bicycle Improvements#

Fishback Avenue to Sunset Street#

Background#

Background

The Laporte Avenue corridor between Fishback Avenue and Sunset Street currently has several gaps in bicycle and pedestrian facilities. Many locations lack sidewalk and curbs, and the bike lanes are often narrow and not well defined. The corridor also provides access to Poudre High School and has significant bicycle and pedestrian activity with the proximity of the school and residential neighborhoods. There have been several near misses and at least one serious accident involving bicyclists and pedestrians in recent years. There are also two deficient bridges on Laporte Avenue over the New Mercer Canal, just north of Grandview Cemetery which will be replaced by a the Laporte Bridges project (a separate project) in the winter of 2022.

The project corridor is part of the City’s Low Stress Bicycle Network and is recognized by the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO) as a high priority for bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

City Staff have gathered feedback from stakeholders, including Poudre School District, nearby residents, and property/business owners. The City also held an open house in October 2019. There is widespread support for the proposed improvements.

Project Description and Goals#

This project seeks to improve vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian safety along the Laporte Avenue corridor by addressing deficient sidewalks, adding bicycle lanes, and adding a center reversible turn lane, upgrading the roadway with curb and gutter, and other traffic improvements.

Schedule#

  • Summer 2022: Advertise for Design Consultant
  • 2022 – 2023: Design
  • Fall 2023: Advertise for General Contractor
  • Spring and Summer of 2024: Construction

Current Funding#

This project has funding from a variety of sources including local funds, state grants, and federal grants. 

This project was awarded the following grants:

  • Multimodal Transportation and Mitigation Options Fund (MMOF) Grant
  • Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Grant
  • Revitalizing Main Streets (RMS) Grant

Together these grants account for the majority of the project funding.

The full project budget is currently estimated to be $4.7M including design, construction, ROW, engineering, testing and inspection. The project is anticipated to be fully funded by 2024.

Other Resources#

October 9 Laporte Avenue Open House Materials#

October 9 Laporte Avenue Open House Materials

On October 9, 2019, the City hosted a community open house to seek preliminary feedback about the Laporte Avenue redesign. Materials presented at the open house are below.

Project Overview

Existing Conditions

Bicycle and Pedestrian Facility Options

Roadway Cross-section Options

Bridge Precedents

Protected Intersection Concept - Laporte & Taft Hill

Concept Design - Corridor Map

Contact#

Tim Sellers | Project Manager | 720-280-6926 | TSellers@fcgov.com 

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