Electronic Message Signs

Update 02.06.17

Town to deploy temporary digital message signs for public comment

The Town of Estes Park Public Works Department has determined tentative locations for three permanent digital message signs to be installed this summer. To receive effective public feedback, Public Works is coordinating with the Estes Park Police Department to set up the mobile digital signs at the proposed locations for the permanent signs. The mobile sign will stay in each of the three locations for approximately one week at a time. Each sign is scheduled to be posted as follows:

1. DMS Location 1 - U.S. 36 / Community Drive (COMPLETE)

2. DMS Location 2 - U.S. 34 / Summit Drive (Mar.3-10)

3. DMS Location 3 - U.S. 36 / Parking Structure Entrance (COMPLETE)

Each new color digital message sign will be approximately 4' tall x 12' wide. The signs will inform motorists of parking availability. The public is encouraged to visit these locations and provide any comments to Public Works at publicworks@estes.org.

Final design is scheduled for completion by early May 2017. Contractor bidding and award will follow in early June. Construction of all three location should be complete by the end of July 2017. This project is being funded through the Federal Highway Administration Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Improvement Program "CMAQ Grant", with matching funds from the Town of Estes Park Community Reinvestment Fund.

Electronic Message Sign Location Map

The Town of Estes Park has received grants totaling approximately $136,000 through the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program by the Upper Front Range Regional Planning Commission and the Colorado Department of Transportation. With a $50,000 local match from the Town, the grants will fund the installation of at least three permanent electronic messaging signs on U.S. 34 and U.S. 36 to encourage motorists to take advantage of peripheral parking areas and shuttles before continuing through downtown Estes Park. The project enhances the Town of Estes Park's efforts, in collaboration with Rocky Mountain National Park, to encourage use of transit while reducing congestion and emissions.

A member of the executive committee of the Upper Front Range Regional Planning Commission, Larimer County Commissioner Tom Donnelly was pleased by the awards. Donnelly commented, "As your elected representative, I'm very glad to see the Town of Estes Park has been awarded this grant. These funds will help lessen vehicle presence and congestion by directing visitors where to park, while encouraging greater use of the shuttles. It'll help enhance an already great visitor experience in Estes Park."

Also funded in part by a CMAQ grant, the Town built a park-n-ride lot with a sheltered shuttle stop at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park in 2011. Since that time, static signage used to promote the lot and its shuttle access has been insufficient to encourage consistent, significant use by visitors. CMAQ funds will also help the Town build a new transit facility/parking structure, expected to be complete by July of 2017. The structure will be located off U.S. 36, across the Big Thompson River from the Estes Park Visitor Center, which serves as the hub for the Town's free shuttles and the national park's hiker shuttle. The new electronic signs will allow flexible messaging to encourage visitors to park at these two facilities and use shuttles prior to reaching Estes Park's downtown. The signs are expected to be installed in two locations on U.S. 36 and one location on U.S. 34. Sites are currently under consideration by the Town and its partners.

Future updates regarding these signs, including maps, locations and project plans, will be posted to this page as they become available.

For more information, please contact the Town of Estes Park Public Works Department at 970-577-3587.