A special meeting of the Estes Park Town Board was held on November 29, 2016. The purpose of the meeting was to discuss the Downtown Estes Loop roadway project. Public input was encouraged and nearly 40 individuals provided public comments.
The Board voted on three different actions related to the project. First, the board voted 4 to 3 in concurrence that there is a “de minimis finding of impact” on Baldwin Park and Children’s Park after the proposed park enhancements are made as described by the Environmental Assessment (EA). Second, the Board voted to determine if a special election should be held to allow residents to vote on the future of the project. This vote was defeated 3 to 4. Finally, the board voted in favor of continuing the project through design and construction on a 4 to 3 vote. A video of the meeting may be found on the Estes Park website at www.estes.org/videos.
A Finding of No Significant Impact (FONSI) will now be documented and will be published after the first of the year. After the FONSI is published, the Final Design will be started, followed shortly by Right of Way activities. Updates will continue to be provided on this website.
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.