City officials in Fort Collins, CO, are working on ways to keep
truckers from taking a shortcut through their town on their way to Laramie, WY.
So far, their efforts have been less than successful.
There are two ways to get to Laramie from Fort Collins. The main route
is a trip up Interstate 25 through Cheyenne, then onto Interstate 80 over to Laramie. This trip is about 87 miles, according to Rand McNally’s 2005 Large Scale Motor
Carrier’s Road Atlas.
The other way takes Colorado Highway 14 through Fort Collins to U.S.
287, which goes north straight into Laramie. This trip, according to Rand
McNally, is only about 58 miles.
The Denver Post reported that Fort Collins city officials contend the state Highway 287 route
is a 69-mile trip that only shaves about 10 minutes from the Interstate 25
Either way, the city officials wanted to do something about it, so they
started a campaign called “Stay on the Big Road.” The campaign cost $300,000
and consisted of signs and billboards urging truckers to stay on interstates.
The plan apparently backfired. According to the city’s official Web
site, truck traffic through Fort Collins actually increased by about 16 percent
According to The Post,
every day an average of 1,750 trucks travel along I-25 on their way to Laramie. Of those, about 700 make their way through Fort Collins to U.S. 287.
The city considered increasing fines and using law enforcement to
re-route the truckers, but The Post reported that city officials were fearful of lawsuits brought upon other cities
by truckers who felt they were unfairly targeted.
Carl Maxey, owner of a trucking company that hauls heavy equipment out
of Fort Collins, told The Post that most truckers take U.S. 285 because they feel it’s safer than I-25.
“There was a significant number of blown-over semi-trailers due to high
winds on I-25 north of Fort Collins,” Maxey said.