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The Town held a public meeting at the Estes Park Museum on Thursday, Aug. 29 to review and discuss the 30% design plans (bottom of page) for the US 36 & Community Drive roundabout. Feedback on this proposed project is critical to its success and is very much appreciated.
In December 2018, the Town was awarded a $750K Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) grant for a roundabout at US 36 & Community Drive. This will combine with the $968K already budgeted toward the design and construction of this project.
In January 2019, Town staff and the Town's roundabout consultant made a Town Board Study Session presentation on the benefits of modern roundabouts and on the basic concepts of the three roundabouts currently being designed within Estes Park (US 34 & MacGregor Ave.; Moraine Ave. & Crags Dr.; US 36 & Community Dr.).
After some adjustments to the draft Stanley Park Master Plan in early 2019, the final master plan was adopted by the Town Board in June 2019. The final master plan included the roundabout and a direct access to the fairgrounds area at the southwest corner of the US 36 & Community Drive intersection.
The preliminary roundabout design process began in March 2019 upon Town Board approval of the consultant design contracts. The design process addressed the following project components:
Preliminary plans for the roundabout were completed in July 2019. These plans will undergo an extensive technical review in August by a broad spectrum of stakeholders, including Town staff from several departments (CDOT, Estes Valley Recreation and Parks District, utility agencies, emergency services, the school district, and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation). The plans will also be reviewed by the Transportation Advisory Board at the next scheduled meeting.
A public open house will be held Thursday, August 29, 2019 to review and discuss the preliminary roundabout plans. Details on the open house will be announced soon. Upon completion of the technical reviews and public outreach, the final design phase will get underway. Final design plans are scheduled to be complete in December 2019. Construction is anticipated for 2021 and will be subject to confirming that the estimated construction costs are within the available budgeted funding.
US 36 & Community Drive Turn Lanes - 30% Design (May 2018)
Benefits of Roundabouts Town Board Presentation (Jan. 2019)
US 36 & Community Drive Roundabout - 30% Plans (July 2019)
FHWA - Roundabouts - A Safer Choice (August 2019)
A public meeting was held May 9, 2018 to review and discuss the 30% design plans for the US36 and Community Drive intersection improvements. Although attendance was low the feedback received was very helpful. As a result of the feedback provided, Town staff looked into the feasibility of a roundabout at this intersection. Soon after this idea was proposed, the Stanley Park Master Plan (SPMP) process was underway wherein the roundabout concept was evaluated. The SPMP has now affirmed this concept will fit the vision for future park improvements. Town staff is now preparing to resume design in anticipation that the Town Board's consideration of the SPMP will also affirm a roundabout is appropriate.
The benefits of roundabouts to the Estes Park community will be discussed and presented at the January 8, 2019 Town Board Study Session. Learn more about the benefits of roundabouts by viewing the Federal Highway Administration's video.
Residents are encouraged to arrive by 5 p.m. for an overview presentation and stay for the open house to review and comment on design drawings. For individuals who cannot attend the May 9 meeting, project materials will be available by May 1. Written comments may be mailed to Town of Estes Park Public Works, RE: US 36 Turn Lanes, P.O. Box 1200, Estes Park, CO 80517 or emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org no later than May 16.
The need for these improvements was identified in the traffic study prepared in November 2009 for the Town's Events Center project. Because the upgrades to the Events Complex would result in increased traffic through the US 36/Community Drive intersection, CDOT has designated the Town as the responsible party to install the improvements. In 2014, CDOT agreed to allow the Town to defer construction of these turn lanes due to the flood recovery efforts underway at that time.
For more information, please contact the Public Works Department at 970-577-3587.