Brodie Avenue Improvements

June 6, 2019 update:

The Brodie Avenue improvements project is scheduled for construction beginning the week of June 17. Construction on the segment of Brodie Avenue west of the Larimer County building entrance is scheduled to be complete prior to the school year beginning, to accommodate traffic at the Estes Park schools campus. Total project completion is expected by the end of September, weather permitting. Construction activity will require the closure of Brodie Avenue to through traffic; alternate routes will be required throughout the project. Local traffic, residential and business, will be accommodated.

The improvements include construction of a 10-foot-wide multi-use trail as well as roadway, traffic, parking and drainage improvements along Brodie Avenue. The Town was awarded a Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Safe Routes to School grant for the trail construction. For more information about this project please call 970-577-3587 or email publicworks@estes.org.

View the project design (zoom in for detail)

Background:

The Town of Estes Park received a Safe Routes to School grant through CDOT in the amount of $336,000 toward the construction of a pedestrian trail along the north side of Brodie Avenue. The trail will be 10' wide concrete and will be separated from the roadway using a 4' wide landscaping strip. In addition to providing a safe pedestrian path, the project will also incorporate roadway and drainage improvements. Brodie Avenue will be widened at the Community Drive intersection to include double turn lanes off Brodie Ave, and storm sewer inlets will be added along the curb and gutter to better handle stormwater runoff. A parking lane will be added on the north side of Brodie Ave, across from Wapiti Drive where parents currently park along the dirt shoulder during drop-off and pick-up times. Construction is expected to occur in summer 2019, aligning with the school district's off season.

A trail along Brodie Ave was identified as the top priority Safe Routes to School project through feedback from the Estes Park School district and parent surveys. Brodie Avenue is the last leg of a pedestrian or bicycle journey to school, but has no sidewalk or ADA compliant path connecting to the school campus. Parents and School District officials say they cannot recommend that students bike or walk to school without a safe route in place. For more information on the project, contact the Public Works Department at 970-577-3587.

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