BRIGHTON — The city continues to move forward with plans to improve the Bromley Lane and Highway 85 intersection.
A $3.3-million bid was awarded to KECI Colorado in a 8-0 vote ,with construction slated to begin in the fall. Councilman Chris Maslanik recused himself from the vote due to a conflict of interest.
The project will include the realignment of the intersection along with the addition of two turn lanes from southbound Highway 85 onto eastbound Bromley Lane, the realignment of turn lanes on eastbound and westbound Bromley Lane, and the installation of a new traffic light.
According to Streets and Fleets Director Joe Smith, the project is estimated to cost $5.1 million, about $200,000 more than original estimates. About $2.4 million will come from federal funds, $500,000 will come from state funds and $2 million has been budgeted by the city for the project.
In another 8-0 vote, council approved a $200,000 budget appropriation to cover the shortfall, which will come from the Adams County Road and Bridge Reserves fund. Maslanik recused himself from the vote.
"The reason we're having to do the budget amendment is because all of the bids came in higher than the engineer's estimate showed it to be,” Smith said.
The project also includes the realignment of South Main Street, which will be moved 200 feet east of its current location. Planning Manager Jason Bradford said once the realignment occurs, South Main Street will become a full movement intersection instead of a right turn in, right turn out only intersection.
As part of the city's plans for the redevelopment of South Main Street, council unanimously passed the first reading of an ordinance that would rezone 10.29 acres of land in the Southern Main Street Realignment Area from light industrial use to a downtown zoning designation.
“The proposed downtown zoning district will likely help encourage appropriate redevelopment in the area and reinvestment along realigned Main Street,” Bradford said. “The proposed downtown zoning district would likely help to establish a vibrant pedestrian oriented development at the new gateway to downtown.”
Before the projects can move forward, Smith said the city has to send a finance letter to the Colorado Department of Transportation letting them know they have committed funds for the project. He anticipates work to start this fall and for the project to wrap up early summer of next year.
In other business:
— Council unanimously approved the first reading of a planned unit of development amendment for the TransWest Brighton Facilities Complex, with a three year vesting period. The PUD has two phases, with the first phase allowing 40 acres of property to be used for industrial purposes. The second phase would allow five acres of the property to be used for commercial purposes. The amendment also sets the design standards for the project.
— Council unanimously approved ballot content for the Nov. 5 election.