Driving You Crazy: When will they start the Canyons North infrastructure in Castle Pines?

When will Crowfoot Valley Rd connect to Hess Rd?

Doug from Castle Rock writes, "What is driving you crazy? Does anyone know when they'll start the Canyons North infrastructure? Specifically, the road that will connect N. Crowfoot Valley road to Happy Canyons Rd?”

Doug, that road will be called Canyons Parkway and will be the main road through a planned development called The Canyons. According to Shae Homes Colorado, The Canyons will be over 3,300 acres of homes, parks, transit center, open space, schools with room for retail and community development.

The eventual Canyons Parkway will be the main road that cuts through the development east of I-25. It is planned right now as a curved four lane road connecting Crowfoot Valley Road at the south to Hess Road at the Castle Pines Parkway Interchange to the north just east of I-25. The eventual interchange at Hess was originally built to handle this increased traffic. There will also be a short spur that will connect Canyons Parkway to Happy Canyon Road on the east side of I-25.

Looking at the Shea Homes development plans, phases one and two will be part of the northern side of the development. According to public plans, the infrastructure for the Canyons should begin later this year or early 2018. The estimate right now from Shea is to have the two first phases built out over the next 5 plus years. These phases will be served by Hess Road and the anticipated Happy Canyon intersection yet to be built. According to Sam Bishop, Community Development Director for the City of Castle Pines, there are no immediate development plans for the planning areas south of these phases down to Crowfoot Valley Road.  

“There is no current timeline for the roadway connection from Hess Road to Crowfoot Valley Road within the Canyons. Although this is a much needed connection out of Castle Rock and Parker, the developer and City, are not inclined to fund, construct and maintain a road that will be utilized by nonresident background traffic,” said Bishop.  

Development of the southern part of the canyons is well over five years away, probably much longer so Castle Pines and Shea believe it isn’t necessary to build a road until they are ready to move beyond phase two.

“It is not currently feasible, or required, for the developer to build the southern portion of Canyons Parkway down to Crowfoot and may not be fiscally prudent for the City to provide maintenance and snow plowing services to a large portion of roadway not utilized by City residents,” said Bishop.

Bishop tells me improvements could come sooner than expected based on future market conditions or discussions and negotiations with surrounding municipalities who might want to pick up part or much of the tab for finishing Canyons Parkway sooner than later.

“Maybe it is determined by adjacent developments or municipalities that is makes sense to help fund the improvements to relieve congestion in their jurisdiction or maybe the City (of Castle Pines) eventually tries to drive traffic out of the south to planned commercial development at Hess Road,” said Bishop.

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While you are looking forward to the new route to either get to I-25, or avoid the rush hour traffic on I-25, not everyone in the area is so pleased with the new road or the new development.

Some residents on a community blog commented that they don’t want a new road or the new development mainly because of the instant traffic volume.

“The Canyons will harm the value of Sapphire point and Happy Canyon. Delay is best for us both. 2035 sounded great to me,” wrote one resident.

While you wait for the new Canyons Parkway to be finished there is another new road being finished on the west side of I-25 in Castle Pines. Lagae Road is being extended south from Castle Pine Parkway to Happy Canyon Road through the Castle Pines Valley, formerly known as Lagae Ranch, and Castle Pines Town Center developments. 

The Lagae Road extension is supposed to be open to traffic by the end of this year.  Landscaping improvements and finishing work will likely occur next spring. 

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