North Meadows Extension poised for construction

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Residents got a look at Castle Rock’s biggest road project in town history, poised for construction after years of planning.

The North Meadows Extension will connect The Meadows to Interstate 25, in part to relieve congestion at the Founders/I-25 interchange. Nearly 100 residents of Castle Rock and Castle Pines attended the Feb. 26 open house to hear more about the $55.6 million road partially paid for by a taxpayer-approved bond issuance.

The North Meadows Extension will be a two-lane extension of North Meadows Drive east of Castle View High School. The road will cross Santa Fe/U.S. 85 at Castlegate Drive, near the Outlets of Castle Rock and The Pines apartments.

The road will continue east to I-25, connecting at a new interchange about a mile north of the Founders/Meadows Parkway exit. Construction on the first phase of the project is expected to begin in 2013.

Residents who visited the open house at Castle View High School were mixed between neighbors concerned about the potential impact on property values and travelers looking forward to less congestion.

Brent Tripet of Castle Rock commutes on I-25 and anticipates an easier drive to and from work.

“It should make it better, especially at Founders,” Tripet said. “Founders loads up unbelievably fast and there’s no alternative to get on the west side.”

Relieving congestion at the Founders interchange ranked high on the town’s goals when planning began. Another concern was the impact on Santa Fe/U.S. 85, where the nearest access to I-25 was Happy Canyon Road.

The solution for U.S. 85 was Castlegate Drive, an option decried by some residents of Castle Pines Village.

Village residents Lydia and Gene Roberts were joined by several neighbors who hoped the town would select access elsewhere. The couple has attended every open house about the extension, dreading the day construction begins.

The new extension will pass within a football field of their house, Lydia Roberts said.

“The Atrium option would have given them access to stores and retail businesses and not threatened the value of our house,” she said. “They’re missing an excellent opportunity to have people shop.”

 

North Meadows Extension by the numbers

Total project cost — $55.6 million

Castle Rock’s portion — $20 million in TAP bonds, approved by voters in 2005; $14.7 million in impact fees, use tax and fund balance transfer.

Colorado Department of Transportation — $4.6 million

Douglas County — $8.5 million

Source: Town of Castle Rock 2013 budget book

 

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