City presents long-term road solutions
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The City of Castle Pines began a full reconstruction of Castle Pines Parkway, one of the main arteries connecting residents and visitors to the City in June. The first half-mile section between Monarch Boulevard and Yorkshire Drive is anticipated to be complete in December. This segment was prioritized for replacement due to failing pavement conditions and the opportunity to combine the reconstruction project with the Castle Pines North Metropolitan District’s waterline replacement project.
The City’s Public Works Director Larry Nimmo shared that, “Our annual roads budget is about $4.6 million with most of it going toward permanent improvements on Castle Pines Parkway and Monarch for the foreseeable future. Historically, most of our roads budget was spent on residential and collector street asphalt resurfacing. Starting with the overhaul of the Castle Pines Parkway and Monarch intersection in 2019, we’re investing heavily in our main thoroughfares.”
Drivers should be aware and watch for changing traffic patterns as work progresses throughout completion.
Two more priority road projects are slated for 2022. The first project will reconstruct over a half-mile segment of Castle Pines Parkway from Yorkshire Drive to Village Square Drive. Improvements include removing and replacing failing concrete pavement, upsizing drainage facilities, and expanding the Lagae Road intersection to provide additional turn lanes. The second effort will rehabilitate Monarch Boulevard from Winter Berry Drive to the northern City limits. Damaged concrete panels will be replaced and staff is looking at widening the current on-street bike lanes.
Project funding will come from a variety of sources, including a federal recovery grant. The City plans to advertise these projects for competitive bid in early 2022.
Next Steps and Future Planning
In 2020, City Council unanimously voted to put a road measure on the ballot asking citizens to increase taxes to help expedite the replacement of the roads. The ballot measure was defeated.
The City is actively pursuing alternative funding options to significantly accelerate construction. This solution involves partnerships with Douglas County and the Denver Regional Council of Governments as well as Colorado Department of Transportation and federal grants and programs. The funding secured through these partnerships will allow completion of five more major road projects as well as perform preventative maintenance in eight areas of Castle Pines through 2026.
To learn more and to stay up to date on all road construction updates, visit https://www.castlepinesco.gov/ and click on “Road Solutions” at the top of the website.