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Timing signals is an imperfect science, and in Castle Rock, managing that science is a partnership between the Town and the Colorado Department of Transportation.
CDOT owns and operates signals along US Highway 85, including the segment between U.S. 85 and I-25 known as Meadows Parkway. The same is true for Founders Parkway, between I-25 and Fifth Street. Some signals are pre-programmed to go with the ebb and flow of traffic, based on traffic counts and patterns during certain times of the day.
Considering the level of growth and changing traffic patterns in and around Castle Rock, the Town and CDOT have regular discussions and review traffic operations. You can learn more about the Town’s philosophy and how we measure this topic in our asset management plan on our website.
Castle Rock plans for the future of its transportation network with the Transportation Master Plan, which was updated this year. Page ES9 of the plan shows the completed street network anticipated for the Town’s full build-out. The development market will determine when full build-out occurs, which is why the Town is always planning for the future.
Specifically for Cobblestone Ranch, the Transportation Master Plan shows the existing two access roads - CO Highway 83 (Parker Road) and several other access points to CO Highway 86 (Founders Parkway) through the Terrian. While major access roads are not part of the plan, Castle Oaks Drive west of Cobblestone Ranch will be improved by the developer to include curbs and walking or biking lanes that will connect to the Terrian. The timing for all of these improvements depends on the pace of growth. With this area under construction, some of the slight delays may be coming from construction traffic, which won’t be a factor once the area is fully completed.
Generally speaking, the Town defines two types of roadwork: maintenance and capital improvement projects.
For maintenance projects, the Town takes a strategic approach through the annual Pavement Maintenance Program. Neighborhood roadwork is concentrated to one of five areas of Town on a rotating basis. This maintenance extends the life of Town roads and helps the Town get the most out of its investment in infrastructure. Learn more at CRgov.com/PMP. In 2018, the Town will also reconstruct a portion of Meadows Parkway.
Capital improvement projects are those that address safety or congestion-related concerns. They’re new lanes, new roads, etc. For example, in 2017, the Town will install a roundabout at Third and Perry streets Downtown. In the design phase are improvements to intersections at Founders Parkway and Allen Way as well as at Founders Parkway and Crowfoot Valley Road. Get details on the Town’s Capital Improvement Program at CRgov.com/CIP.