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Posted on: April 29, 2021

Arapahoe County Public Works and Development unveils its summer schedule

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The arrival of warmer weather (finally) means it’s construction season across the Front Range. Arapahoe County Public Works and Development (PWD) is continuing to work at its eternally productive pace on a variety of projects and initiatives. Here are some of the current and upcoming highlights:

What: Quincy Avenue/Gun Club Road Intersection

  • Why: This intersection experiences significant congestion during peak rush-hour times. Long waits through multiple signal cycles are a source of frustration.
  • Where: Quincy Avenue and Gun Club Road is located in Western Arapahoe County near the Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and E-470.
  • When: The final phase of this project started on Monday (4/19/21) This two-year project will be completed in the middle of June. No detours or road closures are anticipated during this final phase of construction.

Other info: When complete, this intersection will feature a partial continuous flow intersection. North and southbound motorists on Gun Club Road will be directed to stay left to access new left turn lanes before the intersection. Motorists who want to turn left on Quincy Avenue will want to stay left and access these new turn lanes well before the intersection. Failure to access these turn lanes will result in having to continue along Gun Club Road.

Learn more about Quincy Avenue / Gun Club Road Intersection Improvements

What: 2040 Transportation Master Plan – Updated draft available in June

  • Why: Arapahoe County is the fastest-growing county in Colorado. As our population grows, so too does our need for improved County infrastructure. In partnership with local and regional stakeholders, this plan will create a vision for the County’s overall transportation network. This vision is critical to minimize congestion, improve quality of life, ensure shorter response times for first responders and guide future growth. The plan will also define improvements, resources and policies that will keep citizens moving in and through the county for years to come.
  • Where: The Master Plan is focusing on 24 key corridors within the county
  • When: The Master Plan was first unveiled in 2020. The public provided valuable feedback during a virtual public meeting, a survey, an idea wall and a commenting map. So far, citizen input has shown that 70% of our residents are concerned with congestion and safety, would like to see more bike paths and want a network that is connected, accessible and reliable. A survey closed at the end of March, and an updated draft of the plan will be available in June.

Learn more about the 2040 Transportation Master Plan

What: Land Code Development – Oil and Gas

  • Why: With the passage of Colorado Senate Bill 181, additional authority has been given to county governments to enhance oil and gas regulations in their communities. In response, Arapahoe County is drafting an amendment to its Land Development Code to include oil and gas regulations for unincorporated parts of the County. The proposed changes are expected to protect the quality of life, public health, safety, and welfare for County residents.
  • Where: Unincorporated Arapahoe County
  • When: This process started in 2020, and a virtual meeting was held in October 2020. The draft regulations are currently being reviewed by the County Attorney’s office. The draft regulations are expected to be available to the public in May, with adoption by the Plan Commission and Board of County Commissioners expected later this summer.

Other info: The public has identified these issues around oil and gas development: quality of life, health and safety, and improved processes for County approval and operations.

Learn more about Oil and Gas Land Code Development

What: Iliff Avenue Corridor Construction Project

  • Why: Construction will start later this year on a two-mile area of Iliff Avenue between Quebec Street and Parker Road. A 2015 study of this corridor concluded that improvements to transportation system mobility, safety and reliability—including roadway stormwater improvements—in this area needed to be addressed.
  • Where: Western Arapahoe County. This corridor consists of a heavy density of residential, commercial and industrial development.
  • When: The $37 million project went out to the bidding process on March 25. The bid will be open for five weeks.

Other info: Once the bid is awarded, a work plan will be developed for the contractor that includes a timeline of work, closures, detours and public outreach. A webpage will also be created. The project is scheduled to start this summer and be completed by October 2022. The following link is what has been done to date:

Learn more about the Iliff Avenue Corridor Final Design

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