285 Corridor road projects move forward

Deb Hurley Brobst
dbrobst@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 11/16/22

The Colorado Department of Transportation is continuing to plan improvements to U.S. 285 between at Kings Valley and in Bailey to improve safety, especially considering the number of accidents, some of them fatal, at the two locations.

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285 Corridor road projects move forward

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The Colorado Department of Transportation is continuing to plan improvements to U.S. 285 between at Kings Valley and in Bailey to improve safety, especially considering the number of accidents, some of them fatal, at the two locations.

CDOT officials say they realize how important improvements are at Kings Valley and Crow Hill, but funding is always an issue. The Kings Valley intersection is the site of many accidents, especially as drivers turn north from Kings Valley Drive onto U.S. 285. The curve at the bottom of Crow Hill is dangerous, and there was a fatal crash there in August. Residents complain that people drive too fast in the area, so they are unable to negotiate the curve.

In addition, U.S. 285 will be resurfaced from Foxton Road to Pine Junction as early as spring 2024.

More immediately, Jefferson County will fix a failing storm sewer on Highway 73 at Pleasant Park Road in the next few weeks, and traffic will be limited to one lane, which will cause delays.

Kings Valley

Redesigning the intersection at U.S. 285 and Kings Valley Drive has begun and should be completed by early 2024, according to CDOT spokeswoman Presley Fowler. Because of a historic building on the south side of U.S. 285, the road will be reconfigured so U.S. 285 goes over Kings Valley Drive, somewhat similar to the interchange at U.S. 285 and Shaffer’s Crossing.

Based on the conceptual design, Fowler said, the estimated cost to construct the interchange is $35 million.

Crow Hill

In Bailey, CDOT has decided not to remove the traffic light at U.S. 285 and Highway 43A, listening to area residents who asked that the light remain to help slow traffic. Keeping the light will allow the $1.3 million earmarked for that intersection to be used for improvements at the bottom of Crow Hill, according to CDOT spokeswoman Michelle Peulen.

Peulen said CDOT would add concrete and cable rail barriers on the curve, which has been the site of many accidents over the years, plus signs at the top of the hill warning drivers of how steep and curvy the road is.

“At this point, we don't have a timeframe laid out yet, but the design and information-gathering portion of the project is already underway,” she said.

U.S. 285, 285 Corridor, Kings Valley, Crow Hill, Bailey

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