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2035 Transportation Plan

Weld County’s 2035 Transportation Plan is a needs-based plan spanning a 25-year planning horizon. The purpose of the 2035 Transportation Plan is to summarize existing transportation conditions and recommend policy, funding, and roadway development for Weld County. It can be downloaded using the links on this webpage.

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Transportation Plan Goals:
  1. Establish a classification system that preserves the functional integrity (safety, capacity, and mobility) of the County roadway network through coordinated right-of-way, access, and cross-section guidelines.
  2. Develop and maintain a safe and efficient roadway network.
  3. Encourage partnerships with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT), North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization (MPO), Denver Regional Council of Governments MPO, Upper Front Range Transportation Planning Region (TPR), municipalities, special districts, and private entities to coordinate transportation improvements, land use strategies, and enhance interagency communication.
  4. Improve the movement of people and goods to all Weld County communities by enhancing regional arterial roadways.
  5. Support good land use planning policies by coordinating long-range and transportation planning decisions to ensure new development maintains a sufficient level of service by paying its fair share of improvements to the transportation network.
  6. Create a transportation planning document that functions for staff and elected officials when making future development decisions.
  7. Develop a plan and implementation strategies that recognize funding limitations and seeks alternative funding sources.
  8. Ensure the transportation plan remains current with the evolving conditions and needs of the County, as well as continues long-range planning projections to prepare for future system expansions.

Functional Classification Map:

The Functional Classification Map groups unincorporated Weld County roads into classes (local, collector, and arterial) to help identify where additional right-of-way (ROW) will be required and for measuring setbacks for structures. Typically, ROW vary based on the following classifications:

Local roads: 60’ of ROW
Collector roads: 80’ of ROW
Arterial roads: 140’ of ROW

For example, collector roads require a minimum of 80 feet of total right-of-way, so if only 60 feet of right-of-way exists, which is often the case, an additional 10 feet is needed on each side of the road. Therefore, a land use application, such as a recorded exemption, may have to indicate on the plat an additional 10 feet of reserved right-of-way and the setback for structures is measured from the future right-of-way line. In this case, the setback would be measured 40 feet from the center of the road. Setbacks vary depending on the zoning of the property. In the Agricultural and Residential zone districts, the minimum setback is 20 feet. Please see Chapter 23 of the Weld County Code for more information on zoning and setbacks.

The Weld County Transportation Plan recommends updating the Functional Classification Map every two years. On May 3, 2017, the Board of County Commissioners adopted an ordinance on third reading updating the map to include the following changes:

  1. Make WCR 29 an arterial (currently a local road) north of State Highway 392 (changed from WCR 64 (O Street) on first reading) to the town limits of Nunn (WCR 98).
  2. Extend the collector status of WCR 66 east from WCR 43 to WCR 47 (two miles).
  3. Extend the collector status of WCR 32 west from WCR 29 approximately ¾ mile to the town limits of Platteville.
  4. Make WCR 52 a collector between US 85 and WCR 43 northeast of LaSalle (approximately two miles).
  5. Make WCR 54 an arterial (currently a collector and local road) east of the city limits of Evans to WCR 49.
  6. New for this year’s map is also the designation of “County Highway,” which is the WCR 49 Corridor from I-76 north, the new Weld County Parkway, which crosses the South Platte River and the Cache la Poudre River and connects to WCR 47, and WCR 47 to State Highway 392. This road has already been designated by the County a County Highway in accordance with state law and is essentially an arterial road that the County maintains and retains certain responsibilities for even if the road is annexed by municipalities.

Please see the adopted map by clicking the link below to download it.

Functional Classification Maps:

2017 Functional Classification Map

2015 Functional Classification Map

2011 Functional Classification Map

Road Classification Definitions

Flow Chart Guide for Modifying Road Classifications

Current road classifications can also be viewed on the County's interactive GIS map, here.
Click on the Layers icon in the upper-left corner, then "All Layers" from the drop-down list.
Click on the Layers icon in the lower-left corner and check the box for Public Works.
Check the box and click on the Expand Legend icon next to the "Functional Classifications" layer.
If you click on an arterial or collector road (red and blue, respectively), the road name will appear in the box on the left.
Click on the road name and details will appear including the future right-of-way required. Some roads include notes in the details.
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Elizabeth Relford
Deputy Director

Phone: (970) 400-3748

Public Works Department

1111 H Street
P.O. Box 758
Greeley, CO 80632

Phone: (970) 400-3750
Fax: (970) 304-6416