Improving West Elizabeth Street between Taft Hill and City Park#
Beginning approximately early June, The City of Fort Collins through the Streets Maintenance Program (SMP) will be implementing improvements along West Elizabeth Street between Taft Hill Road and City Park Avenue, as recommended in the 2016 West Elizabeth Enhanced Travel Corridor (ETC) Plan. The W. Elizabeth project aims to address safety concerns and improve conditions for corridor users, especially bicyclists and pedestrians, through the restriping of the roadway to 3 lanes through the entire project area, and the addition of buffered bike lanes and crossing improvements. The lower traffic volumes along this section of W. Elizabeth St. allow for one travel lane in each direction, while the center turn lane provides for safer and more convenient left turns to residential driveways and local streets. Space gained from the reduction in lanes will be utilized to enhance bicycle mobility, while also increasing the buffer between the sidewalk and travel lanes. A crossing improvement is also planned at a key location along the corridor as described below. With up to 2,000 bikes per day along this portion of West Elizabeth, this project will enhance safety for all roadway users, especially bicyclists.
- West Elizabeth from Taft Hill to City Park: Resurfacing and restriping of the roadway, and the addition of buffered bike lanes. A road diet will occur from Skyline to City Park reducing this segment to 3 lanes with one travel lane in each direction and a middle turn lane.
- West Elizabeth just West of Bryan Avenue: A pedestrian crossing at the Woodbridge Senior Apartments. This crossing will include a pedestrian flashing beacon and a center island where pedestrians can safely wait to complete the crossing.
Street improvements completed this year are just part of a larger W. Elizabeth St. corridor plan. Later this year, the City will begin the design process for the entire West Elizabeth corridor from CSU’s Foothill Campus to Mason Street to implement the vision established in the West Elizabeth ETC Plan. Stay tuned for more information about public outreach and community input opportunities. The design will be pursued through a combination of funding from a CDOT grant, the City for Fort Collins and Colorado State University (CSU).
The project is anticipated to begin early June and will take 1-2 weeks. Preparatory work to begin April/May. A travel lane will remain open during construction. More detailed information about this project will be distributed by the Street Maintenance Program prior to construction.
More information about the long-range vision for the West Elizabeth Corridor can be found here: https://www.fcgov.com/westelizabeth/about.php
Mike Knox, Streets Project Manager
Melina Dempsey, FC Moves Transit Planner
Plan Overview and Information#
City Council unanimously adopted the West Elizabeth Enhanced Travel Corridor Plan at the October 18, 2016 City Council Meeting.
The West Elizabeth corridor has been identified as a priority in the Transit Master Plan as part of a citywide network of Bus Rapid Transit corridors – uniquely designed corridors with an emphasis on high-frequency transit, bicycling and walking. The West Elizabeth ETC Plan will develop a short- and long-term vision for the corridor based on an understanding of the transportation, land use, environmental, economic and social needs of the area.
On West Elizabeth, Fort Collins seeks to build on the success of MAX and the extensive experience gained through all phases of that Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project. The roadmap for multi-modal transportation improvements is laid out in the West Elizabeth Enhanced Travel Corridor Plan, adopted with extensive community engagement in 2016. The plan details a BRT system supported by related roadway, bicycle and pedestrian improvements. The multi-modal improvements would meet current demand and future growth by consolidating existing service to BRT, connecting to CSU and the existing MAX line, and completing an enhanced and connected bicycling and pedestrian network. The project supports development and redevelopment in the Corridor by adding significant mass transportation capacity. Click here for more info.
Where Are We In The Process?#
The West Elizabeth ETC Plan was adopted by City Council in October 2016. The City anticipates starting the 35% design process in 2020 through a state-funded grant. This phase is required to qualify for federal (Small Starts) funding to construct the project. More information will be available in the upcoming months upon final approval of the grant funding.
- Plan - (High Resolution) (49.8MB)
- Plan - (Lower Resolution) (6.1MB)
- Recommended Design and Interim Design (21.3MB)
- Executive Summary (6.5MB)
- Plan Appendices
- Vision, Purpose & Need (6.4MB)
- Community Engagement Summary (3.5MB)
- Corridor Understanding Report (broken into 4 parts):
- Alternatives Analysis Summary (9.2MB)
- Conceptual Designs of Recommended Design and Interim Design (21.3MB)
- Responding to the Project Need (172KB)
- Traffic Operations Calculations (301KB)
- Cost Estimates Summary and Methodology (364KB)
- Maintenance Considerations (159KB)
- Final Design Considerations (2.1MB