Graves Avenue Safe Routes to School (SRTS)

Project Communications

March 29, 2021 - Press Release

Project Introduction

The Town of Estes Park was awarded Safe Routes to School (SRTS) funding via the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) through the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). The SRTS program’s purpose is to enable and encourage children to walk, bike, and roll to and from school by making routes safer, and encouraging healthy and active lifestyles. Graves Avenue was identified as a top priority for SRTS improvements given it's close proximity to the school district, it's high volume of student and parent pedestrian traffic, and it's lack of continuous sidewalk pavement.

The Town of Estes Park’s Graves Avenue Sidewalk project will include the construction of a continuous sidewalk on one or both sides of Graves Avenue, plus a sidewalk connector from the Brodie Avenue sidewalk to the Elementary School’s parking lot crosswalk.  The improvements along Graves Avenue and the Brodie Avenue Sidewalk Connector will increase safety and accessibility in the area, and will also provide connectivity with the neighborhood housing near Graves Avenue, the Estes Park School District, and the Estes Valley Community Center.

The Town of Estes Park has contracted with Sanderson Stewart of Fort Collins, Colorado to provide design and engineering services for this project. Sanderson Stewart will be involved in performing public outreach to understand the needs of the community at this location, and they will develop conceptual design alternatives for public consideration, before finalizing the design for construction.

Public Input

Public input on this project will be primarily gathered through the design consultant's project website: graves-ave-srts.com
Please use the link above to visit the project website and take the Community Survey. This feedback will be very useful in developing conceptual designs to meet the community's needs.

There will be multiple opportunities for public input on this project. Currently, the project team is gathering citizen input through a public survey, which will be used to shape the conceptual design alternatives. Later on, the public will have opportunities to weigh-in on the conceptual designs, as well as the chosen design before it heads to construction. Construction is currently targeted for the fall of 2021.

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