Open house planned for Sterling S-Curve Project

October 22, 2014 - Northeastern Colorado/CDOT Region 4 - Goal is to improve traffic flow through downtown.

STERLING — The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is initiating a project to improve transportation through downtown Sterling. Various options have been evaluated in prior studies. This project will build upon those.

Specifically, the project will evaluate the design of a new “S-Curve” alignment along abandoned railroad right-of-way between 4th/Chestnut and 5th Street/Division/Main Streets and the conversion of 3rd and 4th Streets from one-way to two-way to improve connectivity downtown.

A community open house to gather input on design options will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 12 from 4-6 p.m. at the Sterling Library, 420 North 5th Street. A presentation will be given at 4:30 p.m. The public is encouraged to attend to provide input.

This project builds on previous planning studies. In 2010, the Colorado Department of Local Affairs and Colorado State University Extension Rural Technical Assistance Program worked with the City of Sterling and the Sterling community to develop roadway and signage ideas for downtown. These ideas furthered the S-Curve concept and were documented in the Downtown Master Plan Concepts (2011) report.

Subsequently, the Downtown Sterling Roadway Conversion Report published in 2012 analyzed the conversion of 3rd and 4th Streets from one-way to two-way along with the S-Curve configuration. Most recently, the City of Sterling published a Master Plan Update in 2013. This plan identified citywide transportation goals for improving the quality of the transportation network, and supported the recommendations of earlier studies concerning the conversion to two-way streets and a new S-Curve connection.

Please stay informed and provide input on this project! To submit a comment or ask a question, please contact the Project Hotline 970-458-5449 or email [email protected].