Access Control Plans

Access control plans, also known as access management plans, supplement the regulations on access to County roads found in the County Code by analyzing the conditions specific to a particular road, the existing accesses on it, and alternative (side road) access.

Please also see the Public Works Permits page of our website for information about Access Permits.

What is the goal of Access Control Plans?

The main goal is to improve safety. Each access point creates potential conflicts between through-traffic and traffic using that access. Each conflict is a potential crash. Access management improves safety by separating access points so that turning and crossing movements occur at fewer locations. This allows drivers passing through an area to predict where other drivers will turn and cross. Keeping accesses farther apart also provides space to add turn lanes, if necessary. Sometimes a secondary goal is to coordinate with cities and towns on or near the road prior to expending funds on improvements to a road. This helps ensure more continuity of regulations that affect traffic flow, such as access spacing, and other transportation matters. When a city or town annexes property it usually annexes the adjacent road and takes over maintenance and regulation of access and other matters on it. It makes sense to try to avoid having conflicting regulations on a road or corridor.

Why does the ACP map show a red square (Access with Safety Concern) next to my access?

Most Accesses with Safety Concern do not meet current spacing requirements for arterial roads (660 feet from other accesses or roads). Some may not meet sight distance requirements due to topography, which is of greater concern than not having enough spacing but may be addressed by relocating the access to where the sight distance is improved. Some accesses don’t meet either criteria. If your access is indicated as an Access with Safety Concern, please consider whether it may be relocated or consolidated with another access, and contact Weld County Public Works.

Why is there an "X" (Access to be Closed) on my access?

An “X” on an access means the access is recommended to be closed due to unsafe conditions. Certain accesses are considered especially hazardous and should be removed; for example, if they are adjacent to an intersection with barely any spacing at all. Some oil and gas loops have an “X” on one of the two accesses because the other access can be easily used instead of both. (Some loops do not have an “X” on one access because either one or the other could be closed.) If an access is known to have been denied through a prior land-use process, it may also be indicated with an “X.” If there is an “X” on an access to your property, please contact Weld County Public Works to discuss it.

Why does the ACP say I should share access with my neighbor?

The main goal of the ACPs is to improve safety and one way to do that is to reduce the number of accesses. Where accesses do not meet spacing criteria, the ACP encourages consolidating accesses into a single, shared access. A cross-access easement may be necessary and a maintenance agreement between the parties is encouraged. For existing accesses and lots, neighbors will not usually be forced to share an access.

What if the town/city has annexed the road but my property has not been annexed?

Access is usually under the jurisdiction of the city or town that annexed the road. One reason for an ACP is to make regulations on access more uniform for a specific corridor.