WCR 5 Improvements

As a reminder, this project started in the summer of 2021 with utility work in and around the roadway. The next six phases of work will ultimately increase safety for vehicles, pedestrians, and cyclists and will improve traffic flow through the area.

Included in the plans for the WCR 5 Improvement Project is to:

  • Widen WCR 5 along the whole corridor
  • Extend turn lanes where possible
  • Add bike lanes along both sides of the roadway
  • Extend sidewalks for added pedestrian options
  • Add a traffic signal at WCR 5 and Flora View (north entrance to Soaring Heights)

Map of WCR5 Full-phasing Opens in new windowThis project is planned to help facilitate better traffic flow and create a safer pedestrian and bicyclist environment. The benefits to completing this project are many, but the Town does understand that the construction period for this project will create significant changes for parents, students, teachers, and community members who regularly commute through this area.

To mitigate impacts as much as possible, the Town of Erie worked closely with St. Vrain Valley School District, to work around major events such as graduation, and with the Front Range Landfill to lessen large truck traffic through the area as much as possible during construction. 

The roadway is completely open as of mid-August 2022. 

Beginning Monday, Jan., 3 there will be a speed limit change coming to WCR 5 between Erie Parkway and WCR 10. The Town recently completed an evaluation of appropriate speed limits for this area and results of the evaluation have determined that the current 45 mph speed limit should be reduced to 35 mph. 

The study was conducted based on conversations with the Board of Trustees during the Aug., 5 2022 meeting regarding all updates and improvements related to the WCR 5 project. 

Also remember that speeds are even lower through School Zone areas during peak commuting times. Erie PD will be helping out with education and awareness of the new speed limit with extra officer presence during school drop-off and pick-up during the week of Jan. 9, 2023. 

For additional information about this project, contact Tyler Burhenn at tburhenn@erieco.gov.

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