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Civic Area pedestrian pathway configuration changes
As you may have noticed, crews are making great progress on construction in the heart of the Civic Area! We are on pace to have the project completed this year. The next phase of construction which began Feb. 20, required some changes in fencing, which limits some pedestrian and bike routes for the next few weeks. These changes impact circulation between the library as well as the Municipal, New Britain and Park Central buildings.
Visitors to the Civic Area (and employees who work downtown) should be aware of the following changes:
- The Civic Area construction zone footprint north of Boulder Creek has been expanded.
- Fencing has been extended north of the creek, blocking the sidewalk along the north of the future lawn area and ending along the southern edge of the Municipal Building/North Library parking lot. This means that individuals wishing to travel east west on this side of the creek will need to walk or bike through the north parking lot. Please be aware of cars pulling in and out of this area.
- Crews have reopened access to the exterior bridge closest to the main Library entrance, so visitors and employees may cross there and use the existing east-west pathway on the south side of Boulder Creek for easier travel. You may also want to park in the Main Library Lot as well, to avoid the north side lot, which will become more heavily trafficked during this phase.
- The city has posted detour signs to help cyclists and pedestrians navigate these changes. These signs will encourage more travel on the south side of the creek.
- Detour signs also mark the temporary pathway route to the Broadway Street and Arapahoe Avenue intersection.
- It is anticipated that this change will be in place through the summer of 2017.
- Some of the parking spots that are temporarily closed will be reopening during the first week of April of 2017.
- See map for details of new pathway alignments.
- Please continue to refer to the Civic Area Latest Construction Updates webpage for weekly updates.
Watch live streaming of Civic Area park transformation!
Construction work on Civic Area park improvements have ramped up with the coming of the new year. Crews are working through the winter months by installing new drainage pipe, removing old concrete pathways and laying foundation footings for the new 11th Street Pedestrian Spine Bridge. You can now view live construction work by clicking on the window below, or go to a full page live stream video of Civic Area construction. Please also watch the Boulder Channel 8 - Inside Boulder News Segment on the Civic Area Live Stream Cam!
The first phase of park construction began on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016 and will continue into late 2017. To stay up to date on a weekly basis, please visit the Latest Construction Updates webpage.
PCL Construction Services, Inc. was selected as the general contractor for this phase of park construction. This project is funded through the Community, Culture and Safety initiative.
The city recently released a dynamic, animated fly-through video to help community members gain a greater appreciation of how the final changes will transform the Civic Area.
Visitors should expect some temporary inconveniences traveling through the park area. However, the construction sequencing will allow all buildings and many areas in the park to remain open for recreation. Pedestrian and bike paths will be temporarily rerouted around construction zones and will remain accessible except during occasional work times. Please adhere to any detours.
The city has assembled a series of maps to help visitors prepare for the upcoming parking and access configuration changes. Timetables are approximate, as the construction schedule will be weather dependent.
Interactive Map of Civic Area
The map below denotes Civic Area focus areas. Drag your cursor over the orange dot to read the title of the focus area. Please click on the corresponding orange dot for more information.
Concurrent Projects that contribute to the Civic Area Project
Details about the city's purchase of the Boulder Community Health campus.
Webpage for the 2014 voter approved Community, Culture and Safety tax-funded transportation project to improve the Boulder Creek underpass at Arapahoe Avenue
The Canyon Boulevard Complete Streets study will examine ways to improve travel and the aesthetic design of the boulevard between 9th and 17th streets
Discussions are ongoing regarding the potential for a mixed-use building on the pad adjacent to the St. Julien Hotel, including a “civic use” space.
Information on East Bookend Planning for the Civic Area, a priority for the Civic Area Project for 2016 and 2017.