Broadway (Euclid to 18th) Transportation Improvements Project
The project construction is complete. Installation of the southbound transit shelter occured in early 2013 and final landscaping will also take place in 2013.
On Sept. 21, 2012, the city held a project completion celebration to honor funding partners and introduce the new underpass and improvements to the community.
Watch a two-part video update about the project.
The Broadway (Euclid to 18th) Transportation Improvements Project was identified during the City of Boulder’s FasTracks Local Optimization (FLO) planning process in 2006. The FLO Facilities Team was formed with members from the FLO Committee to study the needs of the CU and Boulder Transit Stations and a planning phase report was completed in mid-2007.
Major Issues Identified
- The CU Transit Station is one of the busiest transit stops in the RTD system, with more 1,280 buses stopping every day at this location. This is more than twice the number of buses that stop at Market Street Station in downtown Denver.
- The transit waiting area on the west side of Broadway was frequently overcrowded, with up to 750 passengers boarding during the peak hours.
- Bus riders deboarding on the east side of Broadway were immediately walking across the Broadway multi-use path, creating significant conflicts between the bus riders and those using the pathway.
- The Broadway path is a key north-south arterial in the Boulder bicycle network, serving as a primary cross-town connection and providing access to the CU campus.
- The section of University Hill to the west of the intersection houses a dense population of students in single-family dwellings, apartment buildings, and fraternity and sorority houses. Most of these students walk, bike, or board to campus, crossing Broadway at Euclid Avenue.
- Broadway is a busy street for vehicles, carrying more than 2,500 vehicles during peak hours. The significant pedestrian cross-traffic delayed vehicle traffic and caused safety issues.
- The bus pull-outs were not large enough to accommodate the existing bus traffic, so buses were queued up in the travel lane, causing traffic delays.
The total project budget was $7.4 million, with $3.4 million of federal transportation funds. The local match for this project was composed of funding from five agencies:
- City of Boulder - $830,000
- Boulder County- $500,000
- Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) - $400,000
- Regional Transportation District (RTD) - $570,000
- University of Colorado (CU) - $1.6 million (combined value of land donation, $300,000 from the University of Colorado Student Union, and $300,000 from the Vice Chancellor for Administration).
• Efficiency improvements for vehicles, buses, pedestrians and bicyclists.
• Safety improvements at the intersections of Broadway/Euclid Avenue and Broadway/18th Street.
• Improved transit facilities and planning for future RTD Bus Rapid Transit.
• Reduced conflicts between multi-use path users and transit users.
• Improve Broadway's traffic capacity.
• Maintain context-sensitive design and aesthetics throughout the project corridor
• Incorporate community input where possible.
• Construct the project within budget and on schedule.
Project Scope of Improvements
• Construction of a pedestrian/bicycle underpass beneath Broadway at the intersection of 16th Street and Euclid Avenue.
• Expansion of the northbound and southbound transit stops with additional transit amenities.
• Upgrade of the four-way intersection of Broadway/Euclid Avenue/16th Street into two “T” intersections.
• Installation of a full traffic signal at Broadway and 18th Street, installation of a pedestrian traffic signal at Broadway and 17th Street.
• Broadway multi-use path improvements, including construction of a pedestrian/bicycle bridge east of Broadway at the intersection of 16th Street and Euclid Avenue.
• Functional art, urban design, landscaping, and aesthetic treatments.
For more information, contact Noreen Walsh at 303-441-3266.
Last Updated on Friday, 03 May 2013 15:39