Douglas County commissioners have pledged $6.4 million as of their Aug. 8 board meeting toward improvement projects along the West I-25 Frontage Road — a stretch running parallel to Interstate 25 south of Castle Rock — bringing some potential …
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Douglas County commissioners have pledged $6.4 million as of their Aug. 8 board meeting toward improvement projects along the West I-25 Frontage Road — a stretch running parallel to Interstate 25 south of Castle Rock — bringing some potential good news for residents who say the road is a conduit for hazardous traffic.
Commissioners pledged $1.4 million toward improving the intersection of West I-25 Frontage and Tomah Roads, and another $5 million toward right-of-way acquisition and design plans needed for a relocation of the roadway between Tomah Road and Plum Creek Parkway farther west of the interstate.
But for other county residents, the proposed projects raise questions.
Although there was no public comment during the agenda item, some residents stayed after the meeting to discuss their concerns with county staff. Among those concerns were the possibility of increased noise and traffic in residential areas.
Design plans for the project may still be in the works but early mockups propose moving Frontage Road through residential areas like Twin Oaks and Yucca Hills on the southern edge of Castle Rock.
The relocation project has a long way to go before shovels hit the ground. With the county pledging $5 million for land acquisition and design plans, it would still need to find funding for the remaining cost of the project. An exact project cost and project timeline has not been determined.
As for the intersection project, that too will require some legwork. The project could mean adding auxiliary lanes, left-turn lanes, widening pavement, improving curves and looking into both a temporary three-way stop or a three-way signalized intersection, said Art Griffith, Douglas County capital improvement project manager.
There are also plenty of players needing to be involved in making the project happen, inlcuding the Colorado Department of Transportation.
“The project is within CDOT's and the interstate highway right-of-way so we'll have to coordinate closely with CDOT and the federal highways to seek their approval in anything we do,” Griffith said, noting the project may also occur on the Burlington Northern Santa Fe railroad's property.
The county's next steps will be working on design plans and outreach to the various project partners.
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