The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) has awarded the Town of Mead $1.575 million to be used for a pedestrian underpass and trail connection project. Mead is one of seven southwestern Weld County communities to receive funds as part of the Transportation Improvement Program (TIP).
The project, presented to DRCOG’s Southwest Weld County Subregional Forum, is a key component and goal outlined in the Town of Mead’s Comprehensive Transportation Plan. Town administrators believe this project — a pedestrian underpass at SH 66 and WCR 7 and trail connection along WCR 7 — will play an integral part in an overall plan to connect a trail from downtown Mead, including the elementary and junior high schools, to the residential and commercial areas south of SH 66, and ultimately, to the high school and proposed St. Vrain Greenway Trail network.
“The project will create a major north-south access that connects the community as well as provides a commuter connection between Mead, Longmont and the region,” noted Erika Rasmussen, town engineer and public works director.
The Town of Mead received 26 percent of the approximately $6 million allocated to the Southwest Weld County Subregional Forum. Additionally, the town was placed on a waitlist for an extra $825,000 — funds that would also be earmarked for the underpass and trail project.
Town Manager Helen Migchelbrink added, “Mead is a growing community with many young families moving to the area. Studies have shown, repeatedly, the increasing importance of active modes of transportation for the younger generations when choosing where to live in relation to work and play.”
“It’s an exciting time for Mead, and I’m so proud of our town staff. Their hard work and dedication to making Mead a better and safer community is evident,” said Joyce E. Palaszewski, mayor pro-tem and DRCOG representative.
For more information contact Erika Harper, Public Information Officer for Town of Mead at firstname.lastname@example.org or 970-805-4201.