US 287 CO 1 to LaPorte Bypass

Work on this project is on hold from Dec. 22, 2017, through Jan. 2, 2018

Upcoming Work

Following the project shutdown—Dec. 22, 2017, through Jan. 2, 2018—crews will install driveway entrances and sidewalks on the north side of US 287 between CO 1 and Betty's Bait and Tackle Shop. Remaining work in this area includes seeding, signage, striping and completing the intersection at CO 1, including installing permanent traffic signals.

On the south side of US 287, between Aragon and North Shields Street, crews will for several months install storm sewer, road base and concrete pavement. Residents and employees/patrons will retain access at all times via North Shields Street to the west, Terry Lake Mobile Home Park to the east and at Meadow Lane. Note that access may move or need to become a shared occasionally to accommodate construction. We will contact you as changes arise.

After completing work east of North Shields Street, crews will start work between North Shields Street and Rocky Mountain White Water Rafting. Again, while access will be maintained, if it needs to be moved, we will contact affected individuals.

Grading, excavation, compaction of road base, and concrete paving continues at the roundabout just west of North Shields Street. Portions of the roundabout will be opened periodically as work progresses.

Traffic Impacts

  • Expect one lane open in each direction on US 287 between CO 1 and the LaPorte Bypass, as well as continuing shoulder closures throughout the project.
  • Speed limits are reduced to 30 mph throughout the construction zone. Fines will be doubled for speed violations.
  • Expect occasional lane shifts and temporary lane closures to allow for trucks and equipment entering the highway.
  • Construction hours are 7 a.m. - 7 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Project Overview

On Feb. 15, 2016, CDOT started construction on US 287 north of Fort Collins. Construction is expected to be completed by the fall of 2018.

CDOT will construct and widen US 287 just north of Fort Collins city limits beginning at Colorado Highway 1 (Terry Lake Road) to the intersection of CR 54G (LaPorte Bypass). The existing two lane asphalt road will be replaced with four through lanes, center turning lane, 10-foot shoulder/bike lane of concrete pavement and 7-foot-wide concrete sidewalks. The LaPorte Bypass signalized intersection will be replaced with a 228-foot roundabout.  A noise wall will be installed for the Terry Lake Mobile Home Park.

Construction will begin with site preparation to include, survey, staking the right-of-way and erosion control installation. Removal of trees and shrubs as well as fencing located within the right-of -way will be performed. In an effort to maintain an environmentally friendly project trees will be chipped on site and recycled at an approved facility. Businesses and residents will be contacted by the contractor prior to the removal of any fencing. Fencing materials will be removed and disposed of at the Contractor's expense.

Minimal impact to traffic is anticipated during the start-up phase. Traffic impacts will be minimized throughout the project as the majority of the work will be performed off the existing roadway.  There may be some occasional slow-downs as crews will be working in close proximity to the traffic flow.

This $21 million project will improve traffic flow as well as provide safe walkways for pedestrians. The project will provide increased safety for the traveling public as well an aesthetically pleasing entrance to the North College corridor.


This is a Responsible Acceleration of Maintenance and Partnerships (RAMP)-funded project that allows CDOT to fund multi-year projects based on year of expenditure, rather than saving for the full amount of a project before construction begins.

will shift traffic on US 287 to the new concrete pavement between Colorado Highway 1 (Terry Lake Road) and the Terry Lake Mobile Home Park. Traffic west of the mobile home park will remain on the existing asphalt section of US 287.

This traffic shift will allow work to begin on the north/west side of US 287 between CO 1 (Terry Lake Road) and the Terry Lake Mobile Home Park. The existing asphalt section will be removed and be replaced with concrete pavement, curb & gutter, and sidewalk to match the new section. 

Residents and businesses along the south/southeast side of US 287 between CO 1 (Terry Lake road) and the Terry Lake Mobile Home Park will have access onto the new concrete pavement. Access to residents and businesses on the north/northeast side of US 287 will be maintained at all times, however access may move or need to become a shared access occasionally to accommodate construction. If changes to your access are needed, you will be contacted prior to changes being made.

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