Fort Collins motorists streamer to or withdrawal Interstate 25 have a few options during a morning or dusk rush-hour commute.
If Prospect Road is your option, ready to lay in traffic — a lot of traffic.
The renouned east-west highway narrows from dual lanes in any instruction to one line starting during Prospect Park Way, usually easterly of Timberline Road, to a -25. That widen of Prospect causes vital trade jams in a morning, starting on a I-25 off-ramp during Prospect, where trade infrequently backs adult all a approach onto a interstate. In a evening, many times trade is corroborated adult from I-25 west to circuitously Timberline Road.
Other contributing factors to Prospect Road delays in easterly Fort Collins include the occasional sight that blocks a highway usually west of Timberline, a circuitously propagandize that clogs trade before and after school, though that has no propagandize territory on Prospect, and black stop lights circuitously a interstate.
“The final mile or so (east) gets balled adult easily,” pronounced Eric Jensen, around Facebook. “One delayed car and it backs up. Doesn’t assistance that a rest area changed to a front highway so trucks have to exit Prospect (and) then spin left …
“I’d like to know what is holding adult a 4 lanes. They built a overpass and new territory far-reaching enough, though striped it for one line and a bike path. There is a apart bike path.”
Money, or miss thereof, is what’s holding adult widening Prospect easterly to a interstate.
Widening a highway to 4 lanes is identified as a vital priority in a city’s dual transport master plans. But there’s no appropriation permitted for a plan approaching to cost between $8 million and $13 million, pronounced city operative and plan manager Dean Klingner.
There’s no calendar for a appropriation to come available, either, and a city isn’t posterior short-term appropriation for widening a highway that’s a true shot from I-25 to Colorado State University’s new 41,000-seat on-campus set to open for a 2017 football season.
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In 2007, Fort Collins spent $7 million renovating a widen from Summit View to a Prospect Road overpass over a Poudre River, adding bike lanes, landscaped median and multi-use pathway south of a road. The city also purchased a right of approach along a highway and built a new overpass over a Poudre River that can accommodate 4 lanes when or if a highway is widened.
Why did a city supplement a bike line instead of a car lane? Because a appropriation came from a .25 cent sales taxation that singular a plan to “partial improvement,” Klingner said.
Maureen Murphy Houser told a Coloradoan around Facebook she was repelled when a city upgraded Prospect though didn’t build additional transport lanes. “What a missed opportunity,” she said.
While car trade on Prospect backs adult during certain times of a day, cyclist use of a bike line west of Timberline is low.
In a 2013 trade study, 7 bikes were counted streamer eastward on Prospect by a intersection of Timberline during a morning, afternoon and dusk rush hours. That’s compared to 1,160 vehicles during a same time periods.
The normal daily trade on Prospect closer to a interstate, circuitously Running Deer Natural Area, is 9,402 eastward vehicles and 9,626 westbound vehicles. Bicycle numbers aren’t counted here, pronounced trade operative Joe Olson. The closest bike numbers are during Prospect and Timberline.
Daily trade on Prospect is lighter than on Mulberry Street and Harmony Road, both of that have mixed car lanes any approach their whole length into a heart of a city.
Harmony sees by distant a many traffic, with 27,713 eastward and 22,102 westbound vehicles daily. Mulberry circuitously I-25 sees an normal of 16,500 vehicles in both directions.
But over a past year, those Mulberry numbers have been vastly reduced given construction on a overpass over a Poudre River has sealed a eastward lanes. The highway for overpass construction leads I-25-bound trade to Prospect, Olson said. Construction on a Mulberry overpass is approaching to be finish by mid-November.
Even if a reopening of Mulberry overpass does reroute some of a traffic, overload on Prospect is approaching by many to usually get worse once a CSU track starts hosting football games between Pitkin and Lake street, circuitously Meridian Avenue, a retard north of Prospect.
But CSU doesn’t trust game-day trade on Prospect will be any worse than it is now. Fred Haberecht, CSU comforts government planner, remarkable Prospect is already a categorical track to Hughes Stadium and that a Inter-Governmental Agreement between a city and a university for a new track calls for solutions outward widening a road.
Whereas Hughes Stadium’s plcae on a western corner of city requires many fans to drive, a new track will be significantly some-more accessible, so a IGA proposes ways Prospect can improved accommodate choice transportation. One idea is a park-and-ride during a Colorado Welcome Center during Prospect and I-25. The $6.1 million underpass during Centre Avenue, to be finished subsequent summer, will assistance though is apart from a IGA.
“It’s about distant some-more than a pristine ability of a road,” Haberecht said.
And it’s also about distant some-more than a overload on Prospect, either circuitously a university, a widespread or elsewhere. At least, that’s according to a Colorado Department of Transportation, that believes a trade on dual other I-25 corridors in Fort Collins is most worse.
On a southbound and northbound Harmony ramps, there are some-more than 7,500 and 6,800 vehicles a day, respectively, according to a CDOT investigate in 2014. That’s a substantial cube of a some-more than 26,000 daily vehicles pushing I-25 during Harmony.
To a south, during Colorado State Highway 392 and I-25, there are some-more than 36,000 vehicles a day. The southbound Colorado 392 ramp sees scarcely 8,000 vehicles and a northbound ramp 6,700.
These numbers have stirred CDOT to implement $350,000 ramp meters on a southbound Harmony ramp and both Highway 392 ramps this spring. These meters, that demeanour like trade lights, umpire a upsurge of trade entering a widespread according to stream trade conditions CDOT orator Jared Fiel said.
Traffic numbers on Mulberry and Prospect ramps aren’t permitted since CDOT felt they don’t knowledge as most overload and didn’t embody them in a study, Fiel said.
Still, in a check a Coloradoan conducted on amicable media, scarcely all of a 19 people who responded pronounced Prospect is a trade nightmare.
Summed adult Trevor Moriarity on Facebook: “A calamity each singular day.”