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The alternative for the North Meadows Extension that would have required the relocation of about 1 mile of Union Pacific railroad tracks no longer will be considered, Town Council decided Tuesday.
The North Meadows Extension is being planned to provide a second access between The Meadows and U.S. Highway 85 and Interstate 25, relieving congestion on Meadows Parkway and improving traffic flow on I-25.
The Town worked with the railroad for more than a year in an attempt to secure permission for the relocation but was unable to reach an agreement. Therefore, the at-grade Atrium alternative no longer is viable.
The ongoing Environmental Assessment of the impacts the project could have on the surrounding area, therefore, will be completed with evaluation of the two remaining alternatives: an interchange at U.S. 85 and Atrium Drive and an interchange at U.S. 85 and Castlegate Drive. Both alternatives would connect to I-25 at the same point, about 1 mile north of the Founders/Meadows Parkway interchange. The at-grade alternative would not have required an interchange, saving about $10 million in initial construction costs.
Town staff this week is working with the Colorado Department of Transportation to finalize the schedule for the Environmental Assessment. That schedule is set to be presented at the Feb. 16 Town Council meeting.
The Environmental Assessment is expected to be released to the public in mid-March, and a public hearing on the assessment held by March’s end. Also in March, Council is expected to recommend an alternative between the Castlegate and Atrium options – though, CDOT and the Federal Highway Administration will have the final say on which alternative is selected.
If the project proceeds as planned, the Environmental Assessment would be completed in May.
Notice of upcoming public meetings will be posted to the Town Web site, CRgov.com. Additional background on this project is available at CRgov.com/tap.
Questions? Contact Assistant Public Works Director Maria D’Andrea, 720-733-2472 or mdandrea@CRgov.com.