Moraine Avenue Improvements (Proposed)
Public Works recently submitted a grant application to the Department of Transportation Federal Lands Access Program (Access Program) for improvements along Moraine Avenue between Davis Street (west) and Mary's Lake Road. Access Program grants emphasize areas of high-use federal recreation sites and economic generators. The Town's proximity to Rocky Mountain National park (RMNP) meets both criteria. Moraine Avenue is a high-use travel route to RMNP. The Beaver Meadows Entrance is the busiest station for RMNP and with record numbers of people visiting this national park, traffic congestion continues to be an issue.
A grant application was submitted on June 5, 2019. The application is for the full project costs including design and engineering, environmental assessment, right of way considerations; construction of the detached trail, center left turn lane, bike lanes, curb and gutter, and reconstruction of the travel lanes. Preliminary costs are estimated at $21 million. Funded programs will be announced spring of 2020 with construction beginning in 2023.
This project will make significant improvements along this corridor including a detached multimodal trail, center turn lane, curb and gutter, and bike lanes. The significant benefits also include the following:
- Ability to continue pursuing opportunities to accommodate travel alternatives as a premier destination and close proximity to RMNP.
- Improved safety for pedestrians and cyclists with the trail and bike lanes; improved vehicular safety with a center lane for left turns.
- Improved access to businesses along Moraine Avenue.
- This grant funding opportunity exists now and the proposed improvements are fully eligible for funding under this program, as they provide access to, and are adjacent to, the federal lands of RMNP.
- The trail construction allows pedestrian and bicycle traffic as an alternative to traveling to RMNP.
- This grant is managed by Central Federal Lands staff which lessens the impact on Town staff resources and capacity.
- Improved access to RMNP through its busiest entrance.
- Improved intersection considerations at Elm Road and at Mary's Lake Road.
- Meets the Town Board's strategic goal to enhance visitor experience, and shows support for businesses and the economy.
For more information on the proposed project, contact the Public Works Department at 970-577-3587.