CDOT eyes future highway projects for Kremmling, Fraser Valley areas
Any cyclists who have ever ridden bikes along Highway 40 in the Kremmling area can attest to the precarious nature of that particular road on Grand County’s western edge but that could soon change if officials from CDOT are secure funding for a proposed highway shoulder project.
U.S. Highway 40, which runs through Kremmling and continues north and west towards Rabbit Ears Pass and east towards Parshall, is one of Grand County’s main thoroughfares. While most sections of U.S. 40 in Grand County feature wide shoulder areas outside of the two designated traffic lanes there are no shoulders on U.S. 40 from Kremmling east until a point just east of County Road 39. Likewise there are no shoulders on U.S. 40 north of Kremmling until a point a short distance north of the highway’s junction with Highway 134.
Tracy Trulove, a spokesperson for CDOT’s expansive northwestern region, said the proposed shoulder project for U.S. 40 near Kremmling is one of several projects state officials would like to move forward with, if funding can be secured.
“It is one of our future projects in the event there is funding identified for transportation in the election this year,” Trulove said. “One of the things we hear is that rural Colorado wants wider shoulders. It is not an easy fix though and it costs a lot.”
According to data provided by Trulove the anticipated cost of the U.S. 40: Kremmling East and West project, the CDOT designation for the proposed shoulder work, is $21 million. The project is intended to widen shoulders in the area, thereby improving safety conditions, reducing crashes and reducing congestion, according to statements from CDOT.
The US 40: Kremmling East and West project is just one of 23 projects CDOT is eyeing for the northwest region of the state; all contingent upon securing additional funding. Also listed amongst CDOT’s list of 23 proposed projects is a $13.6 million highway project looking to improve mobility between Fraser and Winter Park. The project, titled U.S. 40: Fraser to Winter Park, would complete the U.S. 40 corridor from Fraser to Winter Park,” according to CDOT.
Work on the project would include minimal widening, water quality and drainage improvements, and improvements to two intersections including the potential to replace a signalized intersection with a roundabout, according to CDOT’s project description.
Additional information about both projects, including the other 21 projects on CDOT’s northwest region wish list as well as the numerous other projects CDOT is eyeing across the state, can be found online by going to CDOT’s website, http://www.codot.gov, and searching “Together We Go.”
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