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Traffic flow is the Town’s most pressing transportation challenge. Many of Frederick’s key roadways lack turn lanes, which causes traffic backups, congestion, and collisions, especially during peak travel times. With recent and projected population growth, the number of vehicles on the roads will only increase, making the problem worse. Adding auxiliary turn lanes and making other related intersection improvements would help improve traffic flow and enhance safety for motorists and pedestrians. Funding is also needed to help improve snow removal, address year-round pothole repairs, and expand the Town’s multimodal transportation options.
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The Board seeks to address some of the community’s most pressing transportation-related challenges, including traffic congestion, snow removal, pothole maintenance, and multimodal transportation options. Funds from a sales tax would be used to make a variety of improvements, including:
There are many anticipated benefits, including:
The proposed intersection upgrades would include:
Yes. This project is an excellent example of how intersections throughout Frederick would be upgraded to reduce traffic congestion and improve commuter and pedestrian safety.
Improvements would first be made to the highest-priority intersection projects, located at:
Additional intersections throughout Frederick would be addressed as funds from the proposed sales tax become available. There are more than 25 intersections in need of upgrades.
During times of heavy snowfall, road closures often occur because the Town does not have the resources to effectively clear the snow. Adding personnel and equipment would improve the Town’s snow removal capabilities, helping keep the roads open and safer to drive on.
To better address snow control in Frederick, especially during heavy snowfall, the Town proposes adding key snow control equipment, including a tandem snowplow, a 1-ton plow truck, a single-axle dump truck, a small loader, a plow blade for the larger loader, skid-steer front-end snow box and track attachments, and a street sweeper for the clean-up of abrasives after snow events.
Frederick currently outsources its pothole repair work, primarily during the summer months. This means potholes are not filled as rapidly or as often as needed. With voter-approved funding, equipment and personnel would be added to bring pothole maintenance in-house. This would enable quicker, more efficient year-round fixes. Funds would also be used to purchase the equipment and hot mix asphalt needed for timely regular maintenance.
Three new Public Works Street Department employees would be phased in to help make improvements, including pothole maintenance, snow control, and other duties.
To better connect our residents to our parks, open spaces, and the downtown area, a variety of multimodal projects are proposed, including:
The longer we wait to address our transportation challenges, the worse—and more costly—they will become. With more than 90% of our residents commuting by vehicle, bottlenecks and unsafe intersections will only expand as the population increases. Construction costs are also on the rise, increasing approximately 6 percent annually. Addressing our roadway issues now protects residents and their vehicles, enhances our community’s infrastructure, and saves money.
A sales tax proposal means that everyone, including out-of-town shoppers, pays their fair share—not just Frederick’s homeowners.
Residents are encouraged to participate in the Town’s online Transportation Survey. A link to the survey appears below.
The final decision on whether to place a sales tax measure on the November 2023 ballot will be made by the Board this summer, allowing ample time for additional public input.
Please contact:Jason LeslieDeputy Town Manager720.382.5561
While Hwy 52 is maintained by CDOT, the Town continues to communicate resident and Town interests to our CDOT partners. In 2022, the Town entered in to a multi-jurisdictional access control plan that identifies when and where access onto and from Hwy 52 should occur. As development occurs along Hwy 52, developer improvements will be made to conform to all adopted plans and traffic studies. For example, the Town is currently reviewing plans for the proposed Silverstone Marketplace development at the northwest corner of Hwy 52 and Colorado Blvd. As part of that proposed project, the applicant will be proposing to make and fund several improvements in and around Hwy 52 including:
Two neighborhood meetings have already occurred for this proposed development and additional opportunities to provide input will be forthcoming during the summer. Staff anticipates going to Planning Commission and the Board of Trustees for review and consideration mid-late summer 2023.
To contact CDOT directly: Richard.firstname.lastname@example.org 970.350.2368
The current combined sales tax rate in Frederick is 6.4% which the Town of Frederick receives 3.5% and the remaining 2.9% goes to the State of Colorado. The Town of Frederick’s 3.5% sales tax revenue is split three ways: general sales tax (2%), public safety (1%), and open space (.50%). If a 1% sales tax (or approximately $2.1-2.4 million depending on economic conditions) were to be approved, it would go towards transportation infrastructure and maintenance.