Lone Tree asks for community input on its bikeway project application

Residents can submit feedback on South Havana Street proposal until July 20

Tayler Shaw
tshaw@coloradocommunitymedia.com
Posted 7/15/22

From now until 5 p.m. July 20, community members can submit feedback on transportation project applications submitted to the Denver Regional Council of Governments.

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Lone Tree asks for community input on its bikeway project application

Residents can submit feedback on South Havana Street proposal until July 20

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The city of  Lone Tree is seeking resident feedback on a bikeway construction project that was submitted to the Denver Regional Council of Governments.

The regional council is currently reviewing more than 50 applications from individual counties or subregions that are requesting funds through the council’s Transportation Improvement Program. 

As part of the evaluation process, the council seeks to hear support, opposition or concerns from residents to consider as part of its decision.  Comments should be submitted by 5 p.m. July 20.

The city submitted an application to fund its “S. Havana Street Bikeway Construction” project. According to the application, the project’s start point is approximately 1,000 feet south of the RTD RidgeGate Parkway Station and its endpoint is the southern municipal boundary of Lone Tree. 

The project plans to remove a center median, add two 6-foot-wide bike lanes along the corridor and add a new partially-protected intersection at the RTD RidgeGate Parkway Station and the Tall Tales Ranch. That facility, at 10800 S. Havana St., will help provide housing and work opportunities for adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  

“This project is to construct an essential missing link within the regional bikeway network to connect the City of Castle Pines and unincorporated Douglas County to the City of Lone Tree with a high ease-of-use [bikeway],” the city said in its application. 

The project is also near the RidgeGate East development on the east side of Interstate 25 and RidgeGate Parkway, which plans to build an 80-acre regional park, a 400-acre Lone Tree City Center, commercial districts, schools and three residential villages. 

Due to the development, which is expected to construct more than 1,400 new homes along the corridor, the travel demand on South Havana Street is expected to increase, the city said. 

“All this new development will bring increased vehicular traffic to the corridor and warrants the addition of bicycle lanes to complete this gap in the regional bike network and will provide a safe space for people of all ages and abilities along S. Havana Street,” the city said. 

The project will also provide a partially-protected intersection to facilitate bicycle travel and a new signalized intersection at the RTD station that will offer high-visibility crossing for residents, the city said. There are no additional travel lanes or roadway capacity improvements proposed with the project. 

To help fund the project, the city requested $1.2 million, which would pay for 75% of the total $1.6 million cost. On July 12, Lone Tree posted to its Facebook and asked residents to submit input on the application and that the city is “seeking support” for the project.  

So far, there are six comments on the project’s application, with five in support of the project and one opposing it. Many who support the project said the bike lane would make the area safer for bicyclists. The opposing commenter said the project is a waste of money at this time and that current roadways are “completely inadequate to address Lone Tree’s overdevelopment.” 

Those interested in submitting a comment on this project or other project applications can visit bit.ly/DRCOGApp, select the project they want to comment on and then click the blue comment box. Residents can also submit comments via email to Kellsie Forfar-Jones, the public engagement planner, at kforfar-jones@drcog.org.

About the Denver Regional Council of Governments 

The Denver Regional Council of Governments is an association of local governments and regional agencies in the metro Denver area. 

According to its website, the council serves as the region’s metropolitan planning organization, which coordinates regional transportation planning and distributes funds to transportation projects through its Transportation Improvement Program.  

The program is a list of projects receiving federal or state transportation funds in the region.  To allocate federal and state transportation funds, the council issues a “call for projects.” Earlier this year, the council sought to add projects to the existing 2022-2025 Transportation Improvement Program.  

According to the City of Lone Tree’s application, the amount of funding available for distribution is $161.3 million overall with a target of $16.7 million for Douglas County. The regional council’s website said funding is targeted for projects that improve air quality or provide multimodal transportation options.  

Those interested in learning more about the council’s program can visit drcog-tip-drcog.hub.arcgis.com/

Lone Tree, City of Lone Tree, RidgeGate, RidgeGate East, Bikeway, Safety, Construction

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