The Downtown Estes Loop Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) was signed on April 19, 2017 by Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD). The FONSI covers “Phase 1” of the proposed action analyzed in the 2016 Environmental Assessment (EA) for the Downtown Estes Loop Project. The future unfunded phases discussed in the EA do not have a funding source or anticipated dates for implementation; these future phases are not included in the April 19, 2017 FONSI/NEPA decision document.
A FONSI is issued when a federal agency, after receiving public and agency comments, determines that the proposed project will have no significant impacts on the environment. A FONSI document generally identifies the selected alternative, summarizes any changes made since the release of the Environmental Assessment (EA), includes copies of comments received during the public comment period and responses, and lists the environmental commitments that will be implemented. The signed FONSI is posted on this website on the Environmental Documentation page.
With a signed FONSI, the Right-of-way and final design processes can begin. This includes working with affected property owners for necessary acquisitions and preparing construction documents. Currently, this project is scheduled to receive construction funding in the federal fiscal year 2021. A complete project schedule can also be found on the schedule page. The team will provide public updates throughout the design and construction phases.
The Town of Estes Park, together with its partners – Central Federal Lands Highway Division (CFLHD) and Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) – is initiating the project development process including public outreach, environmental analysis and preliminary engineering for the downtown road realignment project – “the Downtown Estes Loop.”
The video above shows traffic animation of the roadway network and primary intersections for year 2040 No Action and 2040 Proposed Action presented in the Downtown Estes Loop Environmental Assessment. The Proposed Action includes two intersection configurations at Moraine/Crags/Riverside a signalized intersection (shown first) and a roundabout intersection. *Animation playback speed is faster than real time speed.