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Centre Avenue closure; Mason and Howes streets converting to two-way

May 20, 2009

Centre Avenue will close to traffic between Lake Street and Prospect beginning May 26 due to construction of the new parking garage. Also, as part of the Mason Corridor project, the city plans to change Mason and Howes streets to accommodate two-way traffic. Road closures begin June 8.

Centre Avenue closed May 26 - Aug. 18
Centre Avenue (see map at right) will close to traffic between Lake Street and Prospect beginning May 26 due to construction of the new parking garage. The street is scheduled to reopen Aug. 18. Because of this closure, 13 T-zone parking spaces will not be accessible. Whitcomb Street, Shields Street and College Avenue are alternative routes.

Mason and Howes streets converting to two-way
As part of the Mason Corridor project, the City of Fort Collins plans to change Mason and Howes streets between Laurel to Cherry streets to accommodate two-way traffic. Road closures begin June 8; crews will fully convert Howes Street before moving on to Mason Street.

Conversion plan
Beginning June 8, city crews will begin work at Cherry Street and continue south to Laurel. One to two blocks of Howes Street will be closed for approximately one day at a time while crews are working.

Once Howes Street is completed, work will begin on Mason Street in the same manner. Work will begin at Mason and Cherry streets and continue to move south to Laurel Street. One to two blocks of Mason Street will be closed for approximately one day at a time while crews are working.

Business and property access
The work on Howes and Mason streets will not prevent access to existing businesses and properties. Certain side streets may not be directly accessible since some of the Mason Street intersections will prohibit left turns. Detours will be available to assure access.

Parking impacts
In order to provide room for new left turn lanes on Mason Street, it will be necessary to eliminate a small number of parking spaces at the Mulberry, Olive, and Mountain intersections. Otherwise, on-street parking will remain as is.

Why change traffic flow?
The conversion is designed to increase efficiency for the bus rapid transit system as well as improve overall downtown access and mobility for cars and bicyclists. Converting the streets requires re-painting the roads, changing signage and managing traffic.

Mason Corridor
Enabled by transit, the Mason Corridor embodies Fort Collins’ commitment to infill development, environmental stewardship, and will be a major element of the community’s immediate and long-term economic well-being.

The Mason Corridor is a five mile north-south byway with Bus Rapid Transit within the City of Fort Collins which extends from Cherry Street to south of Harmony Road. The corridor is located along the Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway property, a few hundred feet west of College Avenue (US 287).

The Mason Corridor is a fundamental connection between the City, Colorado State University, and local business and neighborhoods.

Mason Corridor construction is scheduled to begin in 2010 and be completed by the end of 2011. The Bus Rapid Transit service is scheduled to begin by the end of 2011. For more information about the Mason Corridor, visit www.fcgov.com/mason.


Contact: Nik Olsen
E-mail: nik.olsen@colostate.edu
Phone: (970) 491-5507