WCR 5 Improvements

As a reminder, this project started in the summer of 2021 with utility work in and around the roadway. The next six phases of work will ultimately increase safety for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists and will improve traffic flow through the area.

Included in the plans for the WCR 5 Improvement Project is to:

  • Widen WCR 5 along the whole corridor
  • Extend turn lanes where possible
  • Add bike lanes along both sides of the roadway
  • Extend sidewalks for added pedestrian options
  • Add a traffic signal at WCR 5 and Flora View (north entrance to Soaring Heights)

Map of WCR5 Full-phasing Opens in new windowThis project is planned to help facilitate better traffic flow and create a safer pedestrian and bicyclist environment. The benefits to completing this project are many, but the Town does understand that the construction period for this project will create significant changes for parents, students, teachers, and community members who regularly commute through this area.

To mitigate impacts as much as possible, the Town of Erie worked closely with St. Vrain Valley School District, to work around major events such as graduation, and with the Front Range Landfill to lessen large truck traffic through the area as much as possible during construction. 

The roadway is completely open as of mid-August 2022. 

Final Landscaping

Starting Monday, Sept. 19 the Colliers Hill Metro District’s contractor, ArrowJ, will begin landscaping within the newly completed Weld County Road 5 roadway. This landscaping will take place throughout the newly improved corridor between Erie Parkway at the south end and WCR 10 at the north. This clean-up and landscaping is expected to continue through the end of November.

This work will include minor grading, seeding, plantings of trees and shrubs, and the installations of boulders and cobble. To accommodate the work crews, there will be lane closures on the west side of the medians. At least one lane of traffic will remain open so movements northbound and southbound along WCR5 will be maintained at all times. The single-lane closures for the contractor are restricted to occurring between 9 a.m.-2 p.m. to avoid school drop-off times.  

Motorists, pedestrians, and bicyclists are urged to pay close attention to traffic control signs and reduce speeds through the work zone. We appreciate your patience and understanding while we complete the final touches on the roadway.

For additional information about this project, contact Tyler Burhenn at tburhenn@erieco.gov.

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