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Town Receives $956,000 In Grants To Reduce Traffic Congestion

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The Town of Estes Park recently received two grants to improve traffic congestion in Estes Park. The grants, totaling $956,000, were awarded from the Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality (CMAQ) Improvement Program to build a transit hub in the southwest quadrant of the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park. This area currently consists of a dirt and gravel parking area stretching from the Estes Park Senior Center on Fourth Street to the grandstand facility off of Manford Avenue.

The Town will match the grants with an additional $250,000. The new transit hub will consist of 408 parking spaces including spaces for large trailers and recreational vehicles. Bus stops will allow motorists to park and ride the Town’s free summer shuttle system throughout Estes Park. Construction is scheduled to begin in early 2011 and will be complete by the summer season.

Public Works Director Scott Zurn accepted the grants on behalf of the Town, noting, “Construction of the transit hub at Stanley Park is a major step in executing the recommendations of our transit studies to reduce traffic congestion and help people move easily around town.” Zurn also noted that getting drivers to park their vehicles and ride a shuttle to their chosen destination will reduce vehicle pollution. He continued, “We’re committed to improving Colorado’s air quality – and that’s an important benefit of this important project.”

The two CMAQ grants, for $250,000 and $706,000, were awarded to the Town of Estes Park by the Upper Front Range Regional Planning Commission, which oversees long-range transportation planning for its region, mostly the rural areas of Larimer, Morgan and Weld counties.

The CMAQ program, jointly administered by the Federal Highway and Federal Transit Administrations, provides grant funding to State Departments of Transportation and transit agencies to invest in projects that reduce criteria air pollutants regulated from transportation-related sources.

The concept for a transportation hub at the Fairgrounds at Stanley Park was initiated after the Town commissioned two comprehensive transportation and parking studies in 2003 and 2005. The studies recommend a transit system to shuttle visitors from the Fairgrounds to downtown in order to assist with consistently high seasonal traffic. To receive Town news in your e-mail inbox, please e-mail townadmin@estes.org.

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