Plum Creek Parkway Widening
Upcoming Traffic Impacts
Aug. 25 through Sept. 19, Gilbert Street will be closed from Plum Creek Parkway to Baldwin Park Road. Motorists are advised to take alternate routes through Downtown on Wilcox Street, Fifth Street and Ridge Road. During this closure, the Plum Creek Parkway intersection will be converted to a three-way stop.
From Founders Village to Downtown, Plum Creek Parkway is a key roadway that connects motorists to neighborhoods around Town. As part of its Transportation Master Plan, the Town is investing in the widening of Plum Creek Parkway, east of Gilbert Street.
In fall 2019, underground utility work began along Plum Creek Parkway in preparation for improvements to the roadway. This spring, the project moves into roadway construction to widen the parkway between Gilbert and Eaton streets and add two roundabouts.
This project will improve traffic flow for Plum Creek Parkway, but in the meantime, motorists are advised to take alternate routes. During construction of the roundabout at the intersection of Plum Creek Parkway and Gilbert Street, traffic flow will be reduced to one lane in each direction, creating delays. The Town will maintain access into neighborhood streets throughout construction of the roundabout at Eaton. Work will begin on the roundabout at Eaton in April, with the south portion taking place first.
Additional improvements with this project include a guardrail along parts of westbound Plum Creek Parkway, a new sidewalk, bicycle lanes and flashing crosswalk beacons to improve pedestrian and driver safety.
Water quality pond on northwest corner of intersection
The improved roadway down the Plum Creek Parkway corridor will also increase the volume of stormwater runoff during rain events. In many cases, roadways work to help convey water into the stormwater system. In order to help with the water quality draining into Sellers Gulch, a pond has been added to the northwest corner of the intersection of Plum Creek Parkway and South Gilbert Street.
Phase 1A of the project began in November 2019 and will be complete in summer 2020. Phase 1B of the project began in April 2020 and will be complete by the end of the year.
Phase 1B of the project will cost about $6.8 million and is being primarily funded by the Transportation Capital Fund, which receives revenue from development impact fees. The replacement of the existing pavement, which is just under $1 million, will be funded mostly by sales tax revenue from the Transportation Fund.
These improvements were defined in the Town’s Transportation Master Plan. Reducing congestion in the area has been a priority for Town Council. Learn more about that plan and read the document at CRgov.com/TMP.