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Weld County to partner with Evans on road project

Posted on 07/02/2020
Weld County to partner with Evans on road projectAn intergovernmental agreement (IGA) approved by the Weld County Board of Commissioners will “…open up economic opportunities,” according to the City of Evans Mayor Brian Rudy. Rudy addressed the Board of Commissioners during a recent board meeting. The county has officially approved the IGA for roadway improvements for 23rd Ave. between 37th St. and 42nd St. last week; the City of Evans will vote on the IGA July 7. Both the city and the county share jurisdiction in that area.

This project will extend 23rd Ave, which currently dead ends at 37th St., south to 42nd St. thereby creating a new roadway for commuters. Weld County will contribute $2 million to help pay for the project as it benefits transportation in the area. The project will occur in two phases: construction of a two-lane road in 2020 and expansion to a four-lane arterial standard roadway over the next couple of years after significant utility relocation work is completed. Evans will agree to design and manage the project as well as commence annexation proceedings for the entirety of 23rd Ave.

“It took us awhile to get here,” said Commissioner Barbara Kirkmeyer, who has worked with Rudy for several months on the project. “The improvements will benefit both drivers and businesses and will hopefully spur economic growth for the City of Evans.”

The agreement between the two entities will also addresses future discussions regarding the formation of an Urban Renewal Area (RUA) to facilitate reimbursement costs for the project or to help facilitate development in the blighted areas in the vicinity of 23rd Ave.

“It’s always exciting when governments can partner on projects that are truly a benefit to our communities,” said Commissioner Chair Mike Freeman.