The section of Parker Road between E-470 and Lincoln Avenue is set to be widened after the Parker Town Council approved two funding contracts for the project during an Aug. 2 meeting. “The …
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The section of Parker Road between E-470 and Lincoln Avenue is set to be widened after the Parker Town Council approved two funding contracts for the project during an Aug. 2 meeting.
“The primary goal of the project is to increase the number of travel lanes on Parker Road to increase vehicular mobility during peak hours,” said Alex Mestdagh, the town’s engineering services manager, during the meeting.
That includes widening of the area, beginning at Pine Lane, and repurposing of existing right-turn lanes to allow for through-traffic use, he said.
The project will also add a new multi-use sidewalk to the east side of Parker Road to connect the Baldwin Gulch Trail, near Ponderosa Drive, and the Pine Lane intersection, according to the project’s details. Another existing sidewalk on the east side of Parker Road between Pine Lane and Crown Crest Boulevard will be widened.
An early timeline shows the project being completed in the spring of 2023.
“We get so many traffic and congestion complaints and since the goal of this is to increase the travel lanes on Parker Road, improve mobility, it looks like it’s going to really help relieve some of that heavy congestion, especially during rush hour,” said Councilmember Anne Barrington.
The $4 million project will be funded through multiple means including federal, state, county and town dollars. The Denver Regional Council of Governments, or DRCOG, selected the project for about $1.4 million of federal funding and $1.1 million of state dollars. The federal monies come from a national program available for local governments to help them address congestion and air quality issues.
Douglas County agreed to contribute $500,000 to the project and the Town of Parker will pay $1 million.
During his comments, Councilmember John Diak pointed out that even though the road is a state highway, it’s important for the town to help fund projects like this.
“The Town of Parker as well as public works and engineering constantly evaluate where the issues and needs are and … we try to define problem areas or potential future problem areas and try to resolve that for the best interest of our citizens,” he said.
He added that projects of this scale don’t often catch the attention of CDOT.
“If we can get more money coming to Parker to fix our roads for the benefit of citizens i think it’s a win. The only downside is we have to spend our local dollars to leverage the other $3 million so we can improve Parker Road for our citizens,” he said.
Both intergovernmental agreements with Douglas County and the Colorado Department of Transportation were approved unanimously.
Other Parker Road work
The southwest corner of the Parker Road and Mainstreet intersection is currently under construction as the town also works to improve traffic flow in that area.
“The current configuration at this intersection was constructed in the 1980s,” according to a news release from the town. “Due to continued growth in the area, it has resulted in increased traffic flows causing congestion during peak travel times.”
The intersection is anticipated to see more new development as a Chase Bank branch plans to move into the former gas station at the intersection.
These improvements will include an eastbound Mainstreet right-turn lane to enter southbound Parker Road and the widening of southbound Parker Road to the entrance of the Safeway shopping center, according to the release.
This project is expected to be completed in the fall.
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