April 3 Council Update: CDOT I-25 GAP presentation, design contract finalized for Plum Creek Parkway work, proclamation kicks off a call to conserve

Your Town Council representatives meet twice a month, and during those meetings Councilmembers make decisions that impact residents and business owners. Stay up-to-date on those decisions with this meeting summary.

CDOT presents on I-25 gap project

Commuters may see CDOT start construction this year on projects to help improve the 18-mile stretch of Interstate 25 between Castle Rock and Monument known as “the gap.” Final start dates, however, are pending funding and federal Environmental Assessment approvals. Town Council heard a presentation on the project Tuesday night.

According to CDOT, high speeds and climbing grades along that stretch contribute to severe crashes and long highway closures or delays. CDOT last year initiated a Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL) study to identify immediate and longer-term solutions for the gap. Council heard the update and shared their interest in making this project a priority for the community.

The elements of the project that are still under consideration include: adding one travel lane in each direction, widening the shoulder for emergency incidents, and installing supporting infrastructure including lighting and guardrails. Additionally, CDOT will determine if the added lane in each direction will be a tolled Express Lane or a free lane. Maintaining trip reliability will be an important part of that decision. The final design of the project is expected to be complete this summer. Read through CDOT’s PowerPoint presentation at crgov.com/I25gap.

Watch CDOT’s presentation and the Council discussion: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=656&meta_id=59813

Design contract approved for Plum Creek Parkway widening and related roundabout project

As the Town of Castle Rock prepares for the future, planning safe and smooth access for the traveling public is a priority.

For drivers on the south side of Castle Rock, the Town is planning a two-phase project to widen Plum Creek Parkway between Gilbert Street on the west and Ridge Road on the east. In addition, the intersection of Plum Creek Parkway and Gilbert Street will be converted from the temporary signal it is now to a multi-lane roundabout. These improvements are expected to improve access to Plum Creek Parkway’s interchange with I- 25 and increase bicycle access with new bike lanes.

Council approved a design contract with engineering firm Kimley Horn & Associates at Tuesday’s meeting. Design of both the widening and the roundabout will occur this year.

Open houses to gather community feedback will be scheduled as design progresses. Stay up-to-date on the project and sign up for email updates at CRgov.com/PlumCreekPkwy.

Construction on the roundabout and phase one of the widening ­ – between Gilbert Street and Eaton Circle – will occur in 2019. Along with phase one, the existing crumbling concrete pavement will be replaced. The second phase of construction – widening from Eaton to Ridge Road – is tentatively set for 2022, depending on available funding.

Design for this project is budgeted at $480,515 and is funded by the Town’s Transportation Capital Fund, which includes growth-related revenues from impact fees and building use tax.

These improvements were defined in the Town’s Transportation Master Plan and reducing congestion in the area has been a priority for Town Council.

Watch the Council discussion: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=656&meta_id=59846

April proclaimed as Water Efficiency Awareness month

Castle Rock is a community that understands conservation. For years, residents have made great strides in encouraging the entire community to cut back. While the Town has embraced the call to conserve by saving more than 20 percent over the last ten years, Mayor Jennifer Green and Castle Rock Water want to take water efficiency to the next level.

Tuesday night Mayor Green officially proclaimed April as Water Efficiency Awareness month and is now asking residents to take a water conservation pledge. The fun, free pledge is being conducted as a partnership among the Town, the Wyland Foundation, the National League of Cities, EPA Office of Water and the U.S. Forest Service.

Residents can take the pledge April 1-30 at CRconserve.com/WaterPledge.

Watch the proclamation: http://castlerock-co.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=3&clip_id=656&meta_id=59714

Coming up

The next Town Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, April 17.

Questions? Email all Councilmembers at TownCouncil, or find your Council representative at CRgov.com/Council. Plus, sign up for email updates by clicking the “Get Email Notifications” graphic link. Updates are expected to include both summaries of top Council items as well as previews to Council meetings.

Get a full agenda for a Town Council meeting at CRgov.com/Agendas. Plus, watch Council live at CRgov.com/WatchCouncil or catch a recording there after the meeting. Town Council meetings are also broadcast live and played again at regular intervals on Comcast Channel 22 and Century Link Channel 8.

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