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In preparation for an influx of holiday shoppers, the Park Meadows mall and local government entities are paving the way for improved traffic flow in and out of the shopping center via County Line Road.
The first phase of the project, on schedule to conclude in November, will add a stoplight and a left-turn lane for westbound drivers on County Line to enter Park Meadows. A right-turn lane into the mall is also being added to eastbound side.
At the same time, crews are finishing an additional exit lane at Park Meadows Center Drive and County Line, creating two exit lanes to expedite traffic leaving the mall.
“The impetus for this was twofold,” said John Cotten, director of public works for Lone Tree. “One piece was for the east side to resolve through traffic to Inverness, and two, to reduce the amount of congestion around Park Meadows shopping center.”
Construction has been limited during peak hours to minimize disruption to the constant flow of cars in and out of the shopping center, which Cotten attributes to the contractor, Concrete Express Inc., going “above and beyond.”
According to Lisa Albers, Lone Tree's capital projects improvement manager, 42,000 cars used the section of County Line between Chester Street and the Inverness area in 2015. That number is forecast to increase to 54,000 by 2035.
The project, which Cotten said should total just under $2 million at completion, is a collaboration between the Park Meadows Metropolitan District, the Colorado Department of Transportation, Xcel Energy, the Park Meadows mall, Douglas County and the cities of Lone Tree and Centennial.
Phase two of the project, scheduled for sometime in 2018, will include adding a second left-turn lane into the mall from County Line, and additional traffic lights for better access in and out of the mall via Park Meadows Center Drive, Cotten said.
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