Laporte Avenue Road and Bridge Improvements#
Fishback Avenue to Sunset Street#
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.
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, replacing two deficient bridges (east of Taft Hill Road and north of Grandview Cemetery), upgrading the roadway with curb and gutter, and other traffic improvements.
As of summer 2020, construction for the two bridges and adjacent road is set for winter 2021-22, and the road project between Sunset and Fishback is tentatively planned for 2022.
- 2019 – 2021: Design
- Winter of 2021 – 2022: Construction of Bridge Replacements
- Spring 2022: Construction of Roadway Improvements (dependent on funding)
Funding has been secured for the bridge replacements, and following the design process, the City will seek the remaining required funding to complete other project recommendations. An additional $1.5 million is required to complete the bicycle, pedestrian and roadway improvements.
- $3 million: City Bridge Program
- $500,000: NFRMPO Multi-Modal Options Fund (MMOF) State of Colorado Grant (includes City’s local match portion of 50%)
- $937,000: Transportation Alternatives Program (TAP) Federal Grant (includes City’s local match portion of ~17%
- $30,000: FC Moves Community Capital Improvement Program (CCIP) Funding
- $450,000: CCIP Pedestrian Program
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.