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Section of Colo. 257 to close for roundabout construction in Windsor

Emily Wenger
ewenger@greeleytribune.com

Starting Monday, Colo. 257 will be closed between Walnut and Main streets in Windsor for 60 days.

A roundabout will be built for access to the East Pointe development, currently under construction at the corner of Colo. 257 and Colo. 392, according to a Windsor news release.

The East Pointe project aims to turn the 11-lot site on the east side of Windsor into a neighborhood retail center that soon will be home to The Human Bean, Doug's Day Diner, Kum & Go and, developers hope, more retail.

Chris Ruff, a developer on the project, said Human Bean, which broke ground in March, is aiming for a summer opening and will likely be the first to open at the site.

Kum & Go and Doug's Day Diner are aiming for an early fall opening.

Kum & Go and Human Bean are both under construction now, and the 9,000-square-foot building featuring Doug's Day Diner is set to start construction this month. That building has space for three other users, Ruff said, although those have not been announced.

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The roundabout, Ruff said, will provide a safer exit and entrance for residents to both East Pointe and the Lakeview Cemetery, especially for those looking to turn left on Colo. 257.

The roundabout will prevent drivers from having to go across traffic, which Ruff said can be nearly impossible during peak traffic hours.

During construction, trucks are advised to take Eastman Park Drive east to Weld County Road 23, and the public is advised to take Eastman Park Drive west to 7th Street, at which point they can turn right and go up to Main Street.

Although the longer detour might not be the most convenient for trucks, Ruff said, the detour means they won't be driving through neighborhoods. Colo. 392 near the intersection of Weld 23 will have a reduced speed limit during the construction, Ruff said, to make the intersection safer for trucks to turn onto the road.

How to use a roundabout

Windsor has at least 12 roundabouts, and Sgt. Brian Smith with the Windsor Police Department said he doesn’t remember the last time he responded to a crash in Windsor’s roundabouts, but he’s seen a few near misses.

The first thing to do when approaching a roundabout is to look to the left because that’s where other cars will be coming. They have the right-of-way.

You don’t have to stop unless there’s a stop sign, Smith said. Even if there’s a car in the roundabout, you might not have to stop. Just slowly enter behind them. Once you’re in the roundabout, continue around the circle and signal before turning right out of the roundabout.