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Developer seeks traffic light at rec center in Fraser

Reid Armstrong
Fraser, CO Colorado

FRASER – Grand Park developer Clark Lipscomb is asking the Town of Fraser to support installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of First Street and U.S. Highway 40 near Winter Park Market and the recreation center.

The town would have to make the application for the light to the Colorado Department of Transportation. Lipscomb’s development would pay for it.

Lipscomb said that two CDOT traffic surveys (the most recent in spring 2010) show that the intersection has more than adequate traffic to justify the light.

One hang-up could be previously approved sets of plans for the development that show a road on the other side of the recreation center, connecting Grand Park with Hwy. 40 directly across from the entrance to the Rendezvous subdivision.

Lipscomb told the Fraser Board of Trustees on Wednesday, Aug. 3, that this road no longer makes sense for his development, noting that it would dissect the large meadow that Lipscomb has reserved as open space for recreation.

The no longer serves as a key connector, he said.

“It would be the road to nowhere.” (Plans for the site have changed several times since 1986 and 1996 when earlier concepts were drawn by previous owners of the property.)

But Trustee Peggy Smith, who lives in Rendezvous, said her neighborhood has been counting on that light at their intersection and advised the board not to act without first consulting other key players.

Another concern included how the light would impact traffic patterns in the neighboring Town of Winter Park.

Some possible solutions were suggested, including creating a frontage road for Rendezvous residents that would bring them past the sales office and Cozens Ranch Museum to the proposed light at First Street.

The board took no action on Lipscomb’s request Wednesday night.

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