Laporte Avenue Corridor Multimodal Improvements Fort Collins, Colorado

With several gaps in bicycle and pedestrian facilities and two deficient bridges along Laporte Avenue, this corridor in Northern Colorado was redesigned to suit the multimodal goals of the community. Otak led the bridge and roadway design – including local art and a historic bridge railing monument – in completing this project with a construction manager/general contractor (CMGC) delivery method.

Bridge Replacements Meet Multimodal Enhancements

For a corridor that had experienced persistent safety issues involving bicyclists and pedestrians, this project is part of the city’s Low Stress Bicycle Network and was recognized by the North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (NFRMPO) as a high priority area for improvement. The corridor also provides access to Poudre High School with significant bicycle and pedestrian activity within proximity of the school and residential neighborhoods. The roadway design addresses many locations that lacked sidewalk and curbs, as well as often narrow bike lanes were not well defined. In all, the multimodal project improves vehicular, bicycle and pedestrian safety along the corridor by addressing deficient sidewalks, adding bicycle lanes, and adding a center reversible turn lane, replacing two deficient bridges (east of Taft Hill Road and north of Grandview Cemetery), upgrading the roadway with curb and gutter, and other traffic improvements.

A Historic Bridge Railing, Local Artists, and the Structural Design

In redesigning two bridges found in the Laporte Avenue corridor, a section of the existing historic bridge railing was repurposed as a monument that includes an interpretive plaque. The team also coordinated with local artists to incorporate original art in public spaces surrounding the structures and further integrate the area into the community.

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Structural Engineering
“The best part of my job is seeing needed infrastructure (especially bridges) get designed, permitted, and built.”

Doug Sarkkinen

Director of Bridges & Structures

“We think outside the box, pay close attention to aesthetics, and come up with cool project concepts because we love what we do.”

Kevin Dooley

Business Unit Leader of Transportation & Infrastructure