Most semitrailers will be banned from Country Club Road on the north side of Fort Collins beginning early next year.
The Larimer County commissioners approved a resolution Tuesday that prohibits big rigs from traveling the road between its intersections with Colorado Highway 1 and Turnberry Road. Trucks making deliveries to local homes and businesses would be exempt.
The resolution passed 2-1, with Commissioner Tom Donnelly opposed. Donnelly said restricting the use of a public road based on type of vehicle is an overstep by county officials and “short-sighted.”
The decision could have broad policy implications, Donnelly said, and the county can expect a flood of requests by residents seeking to ban trucks from various roads and bridges.
RELATED NEWS: Neighbors petition to save Country Club Road
“I think that our regulations and regulatory authority should mitigate the problem but not impact commerce to the extent that we can do so,” he said.
Commissioner John Kefalas said Country Club Road is dangerous for pedestrians and bicyclists due to its narrow configuration. Banning large trucks would make the road safer, he said.
“I view this fundamentally as a public safety issue,” Kefalas said.
The county imposed a temporary ban on vehicles longer than 45 feet on the road early this year in hopes of reducing commercial traffic while nearby routes frequented by big trucks were under construction.
Daily truck traffic on Country Club Road east of Lemay Avenue went from 98 in a 2018 traffic count to 25 in 2019, according to the county engineering department.
Truck traffic in the area has increased markedly in recent years, Country Club Road resident Kelsey Smith told the commissioners prior to the vote.
The intersection of the road with the entrance to the Fort Collins Country Club is particularly troublesome, Smith said. Trucks can’t negotiate the turn without the need for cars coming the other way to back up to let them pass.
ROAD WOES: Larimer voters reject sales tax to fix roads
The road was not intended to carry long vehicles, Smith said. He said road rage incidents between truckers and other drivers seem to be increasing.
In 2018, Country Club Road between Turnberry Road and the entrance to the Fort Collins Country Club averaged 7,000 vehicles a day. On weekdays, the daily average was 7,500 vehicles.
Near the road’s intersection with Lemay Avenue, the average daily traffic count on Country Club Road was 8,000 vehicles east of the intersection and 4,000 vehicles west of the intersection.
Country Club Road and neighborhoods connected to it are in unincorporated Larimer County outside Fort Collins city limits. But most of the land east of Turnberry Road and west of Interstate 25 is in Fort Collins.
Traffic in the area is expected to continue increasing in the years to come as more development comes to northeast Fort Collins. The proposed Montava development east of Turnberry Road would bring an estimated 4,000 homes to the area over 20 years.
Kevin Duggan is a senior columnist and reporter.
Read or Share this story: https://www.coloradoan.com/story/news/2019/12/17/semis-banned-country-club-road-outside-fort-collins/2673620001/