Open House 1 (August 2, 2011)

See Open House Slide Exhibit

See Open House Project Issues Map

See Open House Public Involvement Summary


Project Background:
Until recently, Highway 105 was a state highway owned and maintained by Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT). In 2008, El Paso County assumed the maintenance responsibility of Highway 105 from Interstate 25 to State Highway 83. CDOT is currently in the process of formally transferring right-of-way to El Paso County, placing further emphasis on El Paso County's priorities for improvements to the Highway 105 Corridor.

Goals and Objectives:
The Highway 105 Corridor Study is being conducted to identify safety, capacity and mobility improvements that are needed to serve current and future transportation needs. The study will provide a plan for phased implementation of identified improvements based on need, feasibility and available funding. Improvements will be prioritized and will comply with existing transportation, land use, recreation and master planning efforts.

Project Location:
The Highway 105 Project Corridor extends from I-25 on the west to the intersection of Highway 105 and SH 83 on the east. Study components will address improvements to the Highway 105 mainline roadway as well as to cross-street intersections. A broader travel shed will be used to estimate current and future corridor traffic demand, including travel to and from areas adjacent to the corridor and through the corridor as part of longer routes.

Traffic Analysis:
For many years Highway 105 has provided the primary route between eastern El Paso County and Palmer Lake. As a result of increasing traffic and inadequate roadway configuration, Highway 105 has become congested and unsafe in some areas. The Highway 105 Corridor Study will include a rigorous traffic analysis component to assess traffic operations, accident reduction, and emergency response performance of alternatives. A 2040 planning horizon will be used for evaluation of future conditions.

Access Issues:
The Highway 105 Corridor has numerous existing access points that provide access to neighborhoods, individual homes, schools, churches and businesses that are located along the corridor. Access management can provide significant benefit to the Highway 105 Corridor Study by preserving roadway functionality and capacity, reducing congestion, improving safety and enhancing corridor appearance and quality.

Existing Cross Section:
The existing Highway 105 project corridor is characterized by a variable cross section, including an urban four-lane segment (curb and gutter, signals, turn bays) and a three-lane segment with center turn lane, with the balance configured as two-lane segments with minimal or no shoulders and roadside drainage swales. Steep grades and curves through many segments also limit visibility of approaching traffic from cross streets. Together these conditions create unsafe conditions in some areas of the corridor.

Corridor Plan:
Alternative improvements for the Highway 105 Corridor Plan will be developed using a two step process to screen alternatives based upon conceptual engineering plans, right-of-way requirements, cost, performance data (traffic operations, accident reduction potential, emergency response times, etc.), environmental and social effects and stakeholder feedback. In the first step a range of options will be identified and screened for feasibility. In the second step alternatives will be refined, a rational comparison of all alternatives will be conducted and a preferred alternative will be selected.

Project Timeline:
The Highway 105 Corridor Study will take place over a period of approximately one year, beginning with development of a critical issues list and screening process in the summer of 2011. Input from the project website and August 2, 2011 Open House will be used to support issues identification and screening criteria prioritization. A second Open House will be held in late winter of 2012. Alternatives will be presented at that time and additional website and Open House input will be used to support alternatives screening.

We Hear You:
Thank you for your participation. Please keep your comments coming. You can comment on comment sheets (download comment sheet) or anytime at this website. Comments received to date have addressed issues including: need for safety improvements, speed limit, truck traffic, desire for bike/pedestrian lane(s).