Citizen Transportation Advisory Board recommends Moraine Avenue improvements and trail

The Estes Park Town Board will review transportation project options that could be included in an application for Federal Lands Access Program funds. The meeting takes place April 12 at 7 p.m. in the Town Board Room of Town Hall, 170 MacGregor Ave. Public input is encouraged as the board considers various road, parking and trail projects, with the option to hire a consultant to prepare a funding application before the May 21 deadline. A staff report with more information will be available in the board’s materials by April 8 at www.estes.org/boardsandmeetings.

Potential projects/concepts under consideration include:

  • Improvements to Moraine Avenue from Crags Drive to Marys Lake Road, including a multi-use trail near Big Thompson River
  • Extension of the Fall River Trail to Rocky Mountain National Park
  • Downtown bridge replacements for flood mitigation, contingent on Downtown Estes Loop construction
  • Downtown parking structure/transit facility
  • Additional capacity at the Estes Park Transit Facility Parking Structure (Estes Park Visitor Center)

These project options have been considered by the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB), a group of local citizens, at meetings March 16 and April 4. These citizens voted unanimously to recommend to the Town Board that it submit an application for the Moraine Avenue improvements option. The TAB identified several reasons to support the concept including improved safety for motorists, cyclists and pedestrians, traffic congestion relief, availability of a local match through trails funding, and a strong fit for the funding agencies preferences to fund road improvement projects supporting access to federal lands like Rocky Mountain National Park.

After a “call for projects” was issued for the Federal Lands Access Program in February, staff presented the information to the Public Safety, Utilities and Public Works Committee in March. The committee requested a recommendation from the TAB as well as a presentation of options to the full Town Board.

For more information on this project, please contact the Public Works Department at 970-577-3587. To receive Town news in your email inbox, please visit www.estes.org/subscribe. More Town news is available at www.facebook.com/townofestesparkco and www.twitter.com/townofestespark.

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