2045 Transportation Plan

Adopted in November 2020, the 2045 Transportation Plan serves as an integral part in the decision-making process for Weld County staff and elected officials. The primary purpose of this document is to provide technical information that can be used as a basis for formulating transportation related policies into the future.         

Transportation Plan

2045 Transportation Plan



What is the Functional Classification Map?

The Functional Classification Map is a component of the Transportation Plan and is the process by which county roads are grouped into classes according to the character of service provided. The Functional Classification of a roadway identifies future right of way reservation, identifies cross section and geometric standards for the roadway, and helps to define the function that a roadway provides. 

Roadway Classifications

Arterials carry longer-distance traffic flow for regional, intercommunity and major community purposes. The primary difference between freeways and major arterials is access. Freeways have fully controlled accesses with no at-grade intersections, while arterials include limited at-grade intersections. Arterials can carry significant traffic volumes at higher speeds for longer distances and are seldom spaced at closer than one-mile intervals.

Collectors link local roads with the arterial road system. Both mobility and access are of equal importance on these roadways. Travel speeds and volumes are moderate, and distances traveled are short to medium. Traffic on collector roads typically has an origin or destination within the nearby area.

In both rural and urban areas, the primary function of local roads is to provide access to adjacent land uses, whether they are residences, businesses, or community facilities. Local roads are closely spaced, two lanes wide, and carry relatively lower traffic volumes short distances. They generally are internal to or serve an access function for a residence, farm, single neighborhood or development, and generally, should lead traffic to a collector road.

Future Right of Way Widths

Future right of way widths are based on roadway classification type, and are as follows:

Arterial - 140' of right of way

Collector - 80' of right of way

Local - 60' of right of way 

Building setbacks are based off of future right of way widths.