Weekend construction to close Horsetooth Road and College Avenue

Blake O'Brien

The intersections of Horsetooth Road and College Avenue, as well as Horsetooth Road and Mason Street, will be paved and striped this weekend, according to a press release issued by the City of Fort Collins.

The project will result in lane closures and significant traffic impacts all day Saturday, Oct. 20 and Sunday, Oct. 21. The City is encouraging drivers to slow down and not drive distracted in the area.

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Between Horsetooth Road and the Safeway shopping center to its south, Mason Street will also be closed until noon on Saturday, according to the release.

Night work for the project – which is intended to improve the safety, operation and traffic of the Horsetooth and College intersection – will begin on Sunday and take place from 8 p.m. to 6 a.m., until it is finished.

Construction projects scheduled for the College-Horsetooth Intersection in 2018:

Dual left-turn lanes on College and Horsetooth in all directions Northbound and southbound right-turn lanes on College with pedestrian refuge islands

Bicycle and pedestrian facilities on Horsetooth from Mason Street to Mitchell Drive

replacement of the Horsetooth bridge 

Widen existing College bridge over the canal and replace pedestrian bridge

Landscaped medians and urban design elements to create a warm and friendly intersection

According to the City, Horsetooth and College intersection is one of the busiest in Fort Collins. Currently, the intersection experiences heavy congestion during peak traffic times and a high number of left-turn crashes.

The project is on schedule and will be completed by mid-November, according to the release.  Prior to completion, daily lane drops should be anticipated prior to 3:30 p.m. on weekdays.

Among other things, the City is adding dual left-turn lanes in all directions, improved bicycle and pedestrian facilities, and new landscaping and design to the intersection of Horsetooth and College.

Construction on the Horsetooth and College intersection will continue throughout 2018.

Blake O’Brien can be reached at news@collegian.com or on Twitter @BTweetsOB.