Improvements to Prospect and College Intersection Will Begin Next Month
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- Dan Woodward, Project Manager, 970-416-4203, ZHdvb2R3YXJkQGZjZ292LmNvbQ==
- Jill Marx, Public Relations Coordinator, 970-221-6951, am1hcnhAZmNnb3YuY29t
Improvements to the Prospect and College intersection will begin in February and go through July of this year. This intersection is one of the gateway entries to Fort Collins and Colorado State University, and accommodates nearly 70,000 cars per day. The last time improvements were made to this area was in 1995.
The project will require three primary phases of full traffic closures from mid-February through mid-April. From mid-April through July, daily lane closures will be expected until the completion of the project.
According to a 2011 arterial intersection prioritization survey, this spot is one of the top-ranked locations for safety and efficiency improvements. Goals of the project include:
- Safety Improvements: adding medians, pedestrian refuge areas and a multi-use path for pedestrians and cyclists
- Congestion Reduction and Improved Air Quality: adding new left-turn lanes, optimizing signal timing and reducing vehicle wait times
- Aesthetic Upgrades: adding landscape design elements to improve the look of this gateway intersection
- Stormsewer Infrastructure Improvements: Upgrading the current stormsewer in accordance with the Stormwater Master Plan to prevent flooding around the intersection
”This is one of the busiest intersections in Fort Collins and a primary gateway into the city that has been identified as a priority intersection for safety and congestion improvements. These improvements will reduce vehicle delays through this intersection and provide a more friendly and inviting atmosphere for pedestrians and bicyclists,” said Project Manager Dan Woodward.
The City will minimize construction impacts to this busy area by coordinating with Colorado State University’s new Medical Center Complex.. This project coordination allows the City to optimize the construction phasing and minimize the overall disruption to the public, while reducing project costs. The first two months of the project will include full traffic closures to expedite the project.
”Although the initial closures will be impactful, they will help shorten the overall duration of the construction project by approximately two months and will help facilitate the installation of the major underground stormsewer components,” said Woodward.
To learn more about this project and CSU’s new Medical Center Complex, residents are encouraged to attend an informational open house from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 18, at CSU’s Avenir Museum (University Center for the Arts-East Building, 216 E. Lake Street).
For more information about this project, visit www.fcgov.com/engineering/college-prospect.php .
To learn about other City projects along the Prospect Road corridor, or CSU’s Shields underpass construction, visit www.fcgov.com/engineering/prospect-corridor.php .