Willow Street Improvements#
Willow Street Improvements Begin May 20
The Willow Street Improvements Project kicks off this month improving public infrastructure within the Downtown River District.
This project will improve Willow Street between Linden Street and the Great Western railroad tracks just east of North College Avenue. Goals include maximizing on-street parking, creating a welcoming, visually pleasing environment for existing and future land uses and honoring the culture and history of the River District.
While improvements are taking place between May 20 and this fall, Willow Street will be one way eastbound for traffic. The City will work closely with businesses, residents and the Northside Aztlan Center to ensure there is access available.
The Willow Street Improvements Project will continue to improve public infrastructure within the Downtown River District. This project will improve Willow Street between Linden Street and the Great Western railroad tracks just east of North College Avenue. Staff and project stakeholders identified the following project goals:
- Maximize on-street parking
- Create a “Sense of Place” for the corridor through a welcoming, visually pleasing environment for existing and future land uses
- Create significant urban design features and honor the culture and history of the River District
- Enhance linkages to Downtown, North College Avenue, and the Poudre River
The project will draw inspiration from recently constructed improvements along Linden Street, yet will be unique to Willow Street. Planned improvements include:
- 10-foot-wide sidewalks
- 5-foot-wide amenity zone that includes pedestrian lighting, bike racks, and decorative fencing
- On-street diagonal parking
- Bike lanes
- Travel lanes
- A pedestrian plaza at the northeast corner of the Willow and Linden intersection
- Integrated public art
- Drainage and Utility improvements
The improvements will be designed to be environmentally sensitive to the Poudre River and will be consistent with previous planning and construction efforts. Improvements will also be designed to facilitate infill development and coordinate with development currently in the planning process or already under construction.
Construction is estimated to begin late May 2019. The project is slated to be completed by fall 2019.
Partnership & Funding#
This project is a partnership between the City of Fort Collins and the Downtown Development Authority. Both entities are contributing funds to the project’s $3.8 million budget.