Project Update: 30-day closure starting July 5
The Town of Windsor is continuing the traffic improvement project at the intersection of Eastman Park Dr. and CO 257. The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is also continuing their roadway improvements along CO 257. There is an upcoming 30-day closure of CO 257 from Eastman Park Dr. to the roundabout north of Walnut St. anticipated to start July 5, weather permitting. During this time, crews will be working six days a week and commuters will have to detour. Business access will remain available.
Due to the record-breaking rain during the May and June months, both projects have experienced significant delays. The 30-day closure is intended to catch up on lost time due to weather delays without having to work under live traffic conditions. Not only does this speed up the process, but it is also safer for workers as well. During this time, intersection improvements will continue at Eastman Park Dr. and CO 257, and part of the highway will be resurfaced north of the intersection. One important goal of this closure is to accelerate the construction schedule and mitigate traffic impacts anticipated with the start of the new school year in August.
Local traffic traveling north or south on CO 257 will have to detour using Crossroads Blvd. and 7th St. to retain business accessibility. Trucks and commercial vehicles will have to detour using Eastman Park Dr. and County Rd. 23. Garden Dr. will remain open during the closure period, except for a couple of days in mid-July to allow CDOT to rebuild the Garden Dr. and CO 257 intersection. More information for the Garden Dr. closure will be shared once specific dates are known. The Poudre Express is picking up passengers at the temporary shelter west of the Eastman Park Dr./Cornerstone Dr. roundabout for both directions.
This closure directly impacts the accessibility of UFP Industries' multiple yard sites within the closure area and the trucking access between them. One yard located just north of the Garden Dr. and CO 257 intersection and a second near Walnut St. and CO 257. To mitigate this and keep our local businesses' best interest in mind, CDOT and the Town of Windsor is allowing UFP trucks to utilize 1st St., Walnut St., Garden Dr., and a portion of the roundabout cut off to public access north of Walnut St. Due to the nature of this business, there will be approximately 20 out and back trips that UFP will be making, totaling to 40 trips a day. The Windsor Police Department has been made aware of this exception as well.
Both projects have been a collaboration between the town, CDOT, the Great Western Railway, Greeley-Evans Transit, utilities and contractors to identify next steps as plans continue to change.