Semitrailer trucks would no longer be allowed to use Country Club Road to get through north Fort Collins under a proposal by Larimer County officials.
Commercial semis would be restricted from traveling the road between its intersections with Colorado Highway 1 and Turnberry Road under the proposal. Vehicles making deliveries to area businesses or residences would be exempt.
The restriction is needed primarily for safety, according to the county Engineering Department. Long trucks have difficulty negotiating turns on to Country Club Road at its intersection with Colorado 1 and the entrance to the Fort Collins Country Club without rolling into lanes carrying traffic the opposite direction.
Trucks longer than 45 feet have been temporarily banned from Country Club Road since early 2019, when construction work was underway on Owl Canyon Road and U.S. Highway 287, which carry considerable semi traffic.
The proposal would impose a restriction based on vehicle classification type rather than length, County Engineer Mark Peterson said. If the restriction went into place, truck traffic might move to Douglas Road to the north or Vine Drive or Colorado Highway 14 to the south.
The Larimer County commissioners on Tuesday discussed a resolution that would put the proposal into effect, but they put off making a decision until next week at the earliest.
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The commissioners said they want more information about the resolution, including a clearer definition of what type of truck would be affected by the restriction and possible impacts to other roads.
Commissioner Tom Donnelly said the proposal hasn’t been properly vetted, especially in terms of its potential impact to Douglas Road.
“You can’t even tell us where the truck traffic would go if we take this action,” he said. “I think that’s significant.”
Donnelly noted that average daily truck traffic on Country Club Road east of Lemay Avenue went from 98 in a 2018 traffic count to 25 in 2019. The length restriction might be doing the job the county wants, he said.
“I’m not really sure this might be a solution looking for a problem to fix,” he said.
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.
Closer to Colorado 1, the average daily traffic count was 4,300 vehicles, with an average of 4,400 vehicles on weekdays.
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 increase 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.
Kevin Duggan is a senior columnist and reporter.
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