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Pike Road Improvements

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Background

Pike Road from South Main to South Sunset Streets is designated as a principal arterial within the City’s Envision Longmont plan with a posted speed limit of 40 mph. The current configuration of Pike Road consists of one 12-foot travel lane in each direction with dedicated left and right turn lanes at all intersecting streets except for South Coffman Street. There are no on-street bike facilities or sizable paved shoulders on Pike Road along the entire segment.

Overview

The Pike Road Improvement Project consists of a variety of improvements to multimodal transportation access and vehicular, cyclist and pedestrian safety. In addition, this project addresses the aging pavement condition of Pike Road through rehabilitation of the existing asphalt pavement followed by an asphalt overlay.

View Pike Road traffic counts and classifications

See Frequently Asked Questions about this project. The City will be sending letters with information on FAQs and web page updates to nearby neighborhoods.

Goals and Proposed Improvements

The graphic below shows the proposed improvements along Pike Road. Click on the graphic to open a PDF file that may be downloaded or viewed in closer detail.

Pike Road Before & After Images

Goals

There are three primary goals associated with the Pike Road Improvements Project:

  1. Improve vehicular, cyclist and pedestrian safety along the corridor
  2. Enhance support of various methods of multimodal transportation
  3. Provide maintenance and repairs to the aging asphalt pavement

Proposed Improvements

Proposed improvements support one or more of these goals. Below is a summary of proposed improvements and the goals that they support:

Proposed Improvement
Goals Supported
Installation of dedicated left-turn lanes for both eastbound and westbound directions of Pike Road at S. Coffman Street
1
Realignment of S. Pratt Parkway at Pike Road so traffic on S. Pratt Parkway approaches Pike Road at a perpendicular angle rather than the current skewed angle
1 & 2
Addition of paved on-street bike lanes along the entire length of Pike Road 1 & 2
Installation of detached concrete sidewalks north of Pike Road from S. Sunset Street to Left Hand Creek and from S. Coffman Street to S. Main Street
1 & 2
Installation of concrete curb & gutter at various locations to improve storm drainage and provide better edge of road delineation 1 & 2
Installation of raised medians at various locations to provide safe passage across Pike Road and cross-streets 1 & 2
Rehabilitation of existing asphalt pavement through limited asphalt replacement and an asphalt overlay 3
Various traffic calming features such as travel lane width reductions, raised medians and driver feedback radar speed displays
1
Installation of a traffic signal at S. Coffman Street and Pike Road
1

Coordination with CDOT

Additionally, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has identified the intersection of South Main Street and Pike Road to receive an additional left-turn lane on northbound South Main Street to westbound Pike Road. The additional left-turn lane is intended to improve the safety and efficiency of this intersection. Existing demand for vehicles turning left onto westbound Pike Road from northbound S. Main Street often results in large queues which require a long dedicated left-turn green arrow phase to clear. Less green time will be needed with the second left turn lane, allowing more green time for other movements at the intersection.

To accommodate this additional left-turn lane off of South Main Street, the City of Longmont plans to install a second westbound travel lane on Pike Road from S. Main Street to S. Coffman Street. All costs associated with this lane installation will be reimbursed to the City by CDOT.

Learn more about this improvement on the CDOT projects page.

No additional right-of-way is required to complete the Pike Road Improvement project.

Pike Road Short Term Conceptual Plan

Community Involvement

Coordination with neighborhoods north and south of Pike Road is underway. Public meetings took place on Feb. 13, 2019, and Feb. 20, 2019, at the Longmont Museum. Residents within the vicinity of the project received a direct invitation.

The presentation delivered at the public meetings is available for viewing. It is best viewed on a desktop computer, laptop or tablet. Please allow time for the presentation to fully load--which may vary depending on your connection speed--and then use the left and right arrow keys to move through the presentation. View the public presentation >

Schedule

Construction is expected to begin in March 2020 and is expected to last seven months. Prior to the start of work, roadside message boards will be placed on Pike Road to provide the exact dates construction is expected to begin.

Funding

The construction estimate for the entire project is $3,979,111.30. This include construction of the additional westbound lane on Pike Road from S. Main Street to S. Coffman Street for which CDOT will reimburse the City up to $685,000. City funding for the project is from the 3/4-cent Street Fund Sales and Use Tax.

Construction Impacts

Due to the narrow pavement width of Pike Road, construction will require temporary lane closures while work takes place to widen Pike Road. Construction will be phased to limit impacts as much as practical, but impacts should be expected and alternate routes may be necessary.

Contact

Project Manager Alden Jenkins

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