CR 250 & 251 Improvement Project

Design work update:

Join us for a brief discussion and design work update at the Multimodal Advisory Board meeting Wednesday, April 21 at 4 p.m. For virtual meeting link, contact Owen Tallmadge at Owen.Tallmadge@DurangoGov.org or call (970) 764-7123

Preliminary ‘Bird’s Eye’ Rendering (click image for larger view)

Rendering

Safety improvements to CR 250 x CR 251 x Metz Lane intersection, as well as a new underground storm drain system will be constructed as part of the project.

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Design image

Existing accesses within the project area will be rebuilt with a City Standard concrete drive-apron. Please let us know if you live along CR 250 & 251 and have questions on your specific access improvements.

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Driveway aprons

Questions or comments?

The public is welcome to submit questions and comments here or by emailing Owen Tallmadge, project manager, at Owen.Tallmadge@DurangoGov.org 

PROJECT BACKGROUND

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The city of Durango, with funding support from La Plata County, issued a contract with Bohannan Huston of Englewood Colorado to complete engineered design improvements for the reconstruction of E. 32nd St. (County Road 251) and County Road 250.

The design project begins at Holly Avenue and extends easterly along CR 251 to the intersection with CR 250 and Metz Lane. The project then extends southerly along CR 250 until connecting with previously constructed roadway improvements.

This stretch of roadway is considered a main arterial and experiences some of the higher traffic volumes in Durango. As with many roads in and around Durango, traffic volumes are increasing as are pedestrian and multi-modal travel. As a result, the community has identified the increased benefit of more urban city street amenities along this corridor which will provide for greater traffic safety, aesthetics and accommodations for pedestrians, bikes and multimodal traffic.

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The proposed design will maintain a single lane of traffic in each direction, while adding dedicated bike lanes, a shared-use path adjacent to the road, a center landscaped median, improved overall landscaping and the installation of street lights.   Additionally, pedestrian crossing opportunities will be enhanced at the intersections and dedicated left turn lanes will be provided where appropriate. The design will also include accommodations for a future traffic signal at the intersection of E. 32nd St., County Road 250 and Metz Lane.

The new roadway design is intended to resemble the reconstructed sections of nearby Florida Road.

Florida design example

The design project is funded by the Durango and La Plata County Joint Sales Tax Fund. The contract value of the engineered design and surveying is $139,000 and will require approximately nine months to complete. A construction date has yet to be determined.

The joint sales tax is the funding source because the project contains portions of roadway both within and outside city limits. Part of the design contract will include identification of areas along the corridor that may benefit from annexation, as well as areas where easements or right-of-way may need to be gained to construct the improvements.