CDOT seeking input on future safety fixes to US 287 north of Fort Collins

Project Update

Oct. 6, 2023 - Region 4 - Public input on US 287 at Ted's Place needed by Oct. 13

Larimer County – US 287 from Ted’s Place, north of Fort Collins, to the Wyoming State Line has seen a number of crashes and near-misses over the years and CDOT is looking for your help in fixing them.

A study is going on right now to look at a number of safety improvements to that corridor. A short presentation on video is available on the study site at:

Anyone with input about the study can send an email to the project team at [email protected]. Public input is being sought until Oct. 13.

Over the past five years, a total of 570 crashes were reported along the corridor. Of these, 439 were property-damage only crashes, 116 crashes resulted in injury and there were 15 fatal crashes. US 287 is also a prominent freight corridor and experiences nearly 900 trucks per day traveling along its length.

The scope of the study is as follows:

  • Assess the magnitude and nature of the safety problem within the study limits.
  • Relate crash cause to roadway geometrics, roadside features, traffic control devices, traffic operations, driver behavior, wildlife and vehicle type
  • Recommend cost effective safety and mobility projects to address identified problems
  • Prioritize recommendations based upon factors such as level of improvement and benefit-cost
  • Inform the public about the study and take comments regarding existing safety and mobility concerns

Recognizing the importance of the US287 corridor, CDOT’s 10-year plan identifies the potential for passing lanes as well as other safety improvements to be constructed in the relatively near future. Once future design and construction funding is identified, the recommendations from this study may be used to identify those improvements most urgently needed. Public outreach and feedback from corridor stakeholders and the community will assist the project team to identify and prioritize possible improvements.

Know Before You Go

Travelers are urged to “know before you go.” Gather information about weather forecasts and anticipated travel impacts and current road conditions prior to hitting the road. CDOT resources include:

Remember: Slow For The Cone Zone

The following tips are to help you stay safe while traveling through maintenance and construction work zones.

  • Do not speed in work zones. Obey the posted speed limits.
  • Stay Alert! Expect the unexpected.
  • Watch for workers. Drive with caution.
  • Don't change lanes unnecessarily.
  • Avoid using mobile devices such as phones while driving in work zones.
  • Turn on headlights so that workers and other drivers can see you.
  • Be especially alert at night while driving in work zones.
  • Expect delays, especially during peak travel times.
  • Allow ample space between you and the car in front of you.
  • Anticipate lane shifts and merge when directed to do so.
  • Be patient!

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