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Improvements to Pike Road in Longmont Slated to Start This Summer

January 28, 2019
Traffic is seen on Pike Road near South Coffman Street on Monday. Construction to improve the safety of Pike Road between South Main and South Sunset streets is expected to begin this summer.

If you go

What: Neighborhood public meetings about Pike Road improvements project

When: 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13 and Feb. 20

Where: Both meetings will be at the Longmont Museum, 400 Quail Road

Further information: tinyurl.com/y7qqspju

Construction to improve the safety of a stretch of Pike Road between South Main and South Sunset streets is expected to begin this summer.

Longmont has budgeted nearly $1.7 million from its Street Fund for work intended to improve multimodal transportation access and the safety of drivers, pedestrians and cyclists traveling or crossing that stretch of the Pike Road corridor.

That section of Pike Road now consists of one 12-foot travel lane in each direction, with dedicated left and right turn lanes at all intersecting streets except for South Coffman Street.

There are no on-street bike facilities or sizable paved shoulders on Pike Road between South Main and South Coffman.

Among the improvements the project will include, according to a staff memo to city council, are:

• Installation of dedicated left-turn lanes for both eastbound and westbound Pike Road at South Coffman Street

• Installation of concrete curb and gutter along the southern edge of Pike Road in the vicinity of South Coffman Street “to provide a barrier between errant vehicles and nearby trees” and to remedy existing storm drainage issues.

• Realignment of South Pratt Parkway at Pike Road so traffic on South Pratt Parkway approaches Pike Road at a perpendicular angle rather than the current skewed angle.

• Addition of paved on-street bike lanes along the entire length of Pike Road.

• Installation of detached concrete sidewalks north of Pike Road from South Sunset Street to Left Hand Creek and from South Coffman Street to South Main Street.

• Installation of raised medians at various locations to provide safe passage across Pike Road and cross streets.

• Rehabilitation of the road’s aging existing asphalt pavement with limited replacement and overlay.

In addition, Longmont will collaborate with the Colorado Department of Transportation to install a second westbound travel lane from South Main to South Coffman. That added lane is intended to receive traffic from an additional left-turn lane for northbound South Main to westbound Pike Road.

Construction of the second westbound Pike Road travel lane will be completed by the city, while construction of the additional northbound left-turn lane on South Main is to be completed by CDOT, with the state reimbursing Longmont for construction expenses related to the turn lane.

The state’s contribution to funding the project hasn’t yet been built into the $1.7 million item in Longmont’s 2019 budget but will be included later this year, when council is to consider an intergovernmental agreement with CDOT.

Officials on a Pike Road improvements project website — tinyurl.com/y7qqspju — said the overall project could be completed by the end of this year, “barring unforeseen circumstances.”

On that website the city states that “due to the narrow pavement width of Pike Road, construction will require temporary lane closures ... Construction will be phased to limit impacts as much as practical, but impacts should be expected and alternate routes may be necessary.”

Public meetings about the project, for residents of neighborhoods north and south of Pike Road, are scheduled for 5 to 7 p.m. Feb. 13 and Feb. 20 at the Longmont Museum.

Contact Staff Writer John Fryar at 303-684-5211 or jfryar@times-call.com or twitter.com/jfryartc

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