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County Road 74 Access Control Plan

We are currently seeking input for the draft County Road 74 Access Control Plan. The Towns of Severance and Eaton are hosting two open house meetings that will allow the public to interact with staff, provide comments, and learn about the County Road 74 Access Control Plan. The two meetings are also live streamed as well, giving everyone the opportunity to be involved in the discussion.

The Eaton open house was held on 8/17/20 and the Severance open house was held on 8/26/20.
You can find the presentation here.

The Plan 

The County Road 74 Access Control Plan was prepared through a cooperative effort of the following jurisdictions:

Town of Eaton 
Town of Severance
Weld County

CR74 ACP cover County Road 74 ACP

Draft Access Inventoryinventory maps


The County Road 74 Access Control Plan – What’s it all about?

Corridor Study Area

Weld County Road 74/Harmony Road is a key east-west corridor connecting Interstate I-25 to the west, to State Highway 392 to the east. In Weld County, the corridor travels through the incorporated municipalities of Windsor, Severance, and Eaton. This plan will focus on the approximately 11-mile section of County Road 74/ Harmony Road between State Highway 257 to the west, and County Road 39 to the east. This section of the corridor is split between three jurisdictions; Eaton, Severance and Weld County.

CR74 Map

Purpose

Roads generally serve two purposes – 1) mobility for people and freight and 2) access to adjoining properties. The purpose of the County Road 74 Access Control Plan (ACP) is to maintain and enhance safety and mobility while also providing reasonable access to adjoining properties as growth and development occur over time. Safety is the main reason for managing access on the corridor.

Goals of the Access Control Plan

  • Provide safe, effective, and efficient access to County Road 74.
  • Maintain the functional integrity of the corridor by reducing traffic conflicts and improving traffic flow.
  • Promote economic vitality along the corridor by promoting the efficient movement of goods and people.
  • Protect infrastructure investments along the corridor.
  • Coordinate development, improvements, access, design standards, and other issues among jurisdictions.
  • Develop a plan that preserves the safety of the corridor by eliminating, relocating, consolidating, or reconfiguring unsafe accesses.
  • Limit direct access to the corridor by locating accesses on local and collector roadways where feasible. 
  • Clarify policies for access and ensure that private property is entitled to reasonable access to the corridor. 
  • Identify where future traffic signals/roundabouts may be located. 
  • Provide a plan that can be implemented in phases as funding allows.
  • Coordinate community project priorities along the corridor.
  • Support development of alternative modes of transportation and improve safety for pedestrians and bicyclists who use the corridor.

Access Control Strategies

The following access control techniques are applied to existing locations to refine and ultimately reduce the number of access points on County Road 74 as future development occurs:

  • Elimination – Access points may be removed at unsafe locations, where there are more than two existing access points for a parcel, or where spacing requirements are not met.
  • Relocation – Access points may be relocated to meet spacing requirements or align with other access points. 
  • Consolidation / Shared Access – Access points in close proximity may be consolidated into a single location and/or shared between adjoining developments. This often requires cooperation between neighboring property owners.
  • Movement Conversion / Reconfiguration – Allowable vehicular movements at some existing access points may be reduced to meet safety and mobility objectives. One example might be a location with full access into and out of a driveway that is reduced to a right-in, right-out configuration.

   graphic access consolidation

Access Types

  • Agricultural/Field/Ditch Access –These support farm and ranch operations and are generally used seasonally during planting and harvesting seasons.
  • Residential Access - These are typically driveways to residences and multifamily developments.
  • Commercial Access - These access locations serve businesses, schools, government buildings, and utilities such as electric substations.
  • Oil & Gas/Industrial Access - Oil and gas facilities, including wells, tanks, valve sites, etc., and industrial buildings are served by this access type.
  • Multiple Use Access - Shared access occur where two properties or uses utilize the same access.
  • Future Access - Existing parcels with no frontage on a side road and no existing access on CR 74 are considered landlocked and will be allowed access in the future as appropriate and consistent with the ACP. This access type also includes locations that have been previously approved but not yet constructed.

                  WCR 74 ACP

CONTACT INFORMATION

Elizabeth Relford
Deputy Director

Email: erelford@weldgov.com
Phone: (970) 400-3748


Evan Pinkham
Transportation Planner

Email: epinkham@weldgov.com
Phone: (970) 400-3727


Public Works Department

1111 H Street, Greeley
Phone: (970) 400-3750
Fax: (970) 304-6497

Mailing address:
P.O. Box 758
Greeley, CO 80632