Cleave Street Improvements
The Town is planning Cleave Street Improvements. Adopted in 2018, the Estes Park Downtown Plan identified Cleave Street as a prime location for redevelopment. Cleave Street is located in the heart of historic downtown and parallels Elkhorn Avenue. It is a mixed use area that includes front and back business entrances. Cleave Street provides access to several residences including affordable housing units managed by the Estes Park Housing Authority.
Downtown Estes Loop
The Town of Estes Park, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), and the Federal Highway Administration- Central Federal Lands Highway Division (FHWA - CFL) are proposing improvements to the roadway network within the Town, known as the Downtown Estes Loop project. The scope includes evaluation of three primary roadways: Elkhorn Avenue, Moraine Avenue, and Riverside Drive through downtown Estes Park.
Downtown Wayfinding Signage Program
In 2018, the Downtown Plan (DP) was adopted by the Town. Included in the DP were recommendations for improving wayfinding signage. The first task was to prepare and implement the Parking Pilot Project. The Town of Estes Park hired a project consultant to design the signs and assist the Town through the construction bid process in 2021. This task was completed with the placement of new signs in the Downtown parking lots. The next task of the Downtown Wayfinding Signage Program is to expand signage throughout Downtown.
Fall River Trail Extension
The Fall River Trail Extension project extends an existing trail from historic downtown Estes Park to the fifth most-visited national park in our country, Rocky Mountain National Park (RMNP). The RMNP boundary is 2.5 miles from where the current trail ends near Sleepy Hollow Court on US 34 (Fall River Road).
Graves Avenue - Safe Routes to School
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). Graves Avenue was identified as a top priority for SRTS improvements given its close proximity to the school district, high volume of student and parent pedestrian traffic, and lack of continuous sidewalk pavement. The improvements 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.
US 36 & Community Drive Roundabout
Final design has been submitted to CDOT for review. The Town continues to search for additional funds to support construction.
The need for improvements at US 36 and Community Drive was identified in the traffic study prepared in November 2009 for the Town's Events Center project. Because the upgrades to the Events Complex would result in increased traffic through the US 36 and Community Drive intersection, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) has designated the Town as the responsible party to determine and construct the improvements. In 2014, CDOT agreed to allow the Town to defer construction of proposed turn lanes due to the 2013 flood recovery efforts underway at that time.