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Civic Area Construction Update Archives

Civic Area Construction Update Archives

As construction wraps up on the expanded Central Park in Boulder's Civic Area, you can find all the construction updates that were shared through the course of the project listed below:


Construction Archive

Construction updates for Summer 2017:

Multiuse Path opens new section after Labor Day; West Pedestrian Bridge reopens

The fence and pathway alignment in the Civic Area changes after Labor Day weekend, effective Sept. 5,  Thursday, July 20. Two major segments will reopen.

First, the new Mulituse Path will open up its connection south of the Municipal Building.  This will allow for better flow for multiuse access heading East-West through the Civic Area. Please be aware, however, that the pathway will temporarily narrow significantly through the area south of the North Wing of the Boulder Public Library.

Also, the West Pedestrian Bridge will reopen, which will now allow North-South access through the Civic Area near the library.

See the latest Civic configuration map for early Fall 2017 pdf, or click on the map in this section for a full-size version.

The new alignment has not changed the current parking configuration in the Civic Area. No additional parking spots will be required for this latest work phase.  As a friendly reminder, this area is still a construction area. Bicyclists are asked to slow down when using the multiuse pathways in this area, and walkers/runners should continue to be extra vigilant through some of the confined spaces. As always, we appreciate your attention and cooperation throughout this new Civic Area Park effort.


On-going creek buffer enhancement work and information for "Tube to Work" Day participants and creek users

Utility relocation work along the creek in this area of the park has concluded and the construction team is gearing up to remove the abutment walls from the old bridge crossing 

and enhance the stability of the landings and entries along the creek. This permitted work, tentatively scheduled to begin on July 6 and conclude by August 2, will help stabilize creek banks from erosion and allow for new plantings to be installed. 

For creek users, to prepare for this upcoming work, signage has been placed along Boulder Creek. The city has also sent out notifications to local water recreational groups, Civic Area community groups, boards and commissions, on the project website and through social media to reach visitors and regular users of the creek. The notifications caution those choosing to navigate the creek about the on-going Civic Area construction along the creek shore.

The Civic Area Project team is aware that the popular “Tube to Work” day is scheduled for July 14, 2017, as it celebrates its tenth anniversary. Construction work along this portion of the creek will be suspended on that date with plans to resume shortly after the event’s conclusion.

Due to this specific work and the varying speed of the creek flow, creek users are being instructed to be extra vigilant and exercise caution while moving through the construction zone.  As a safety precaution, the General Contractor will also have ‘spotters’ watching for tubers, kayakers, and canoes and will temporarily stop work until any watercraft has passed as needed.


Significant pathway changes now in place in  Civic Area 

The fence and pathway alignment in the Civic Area changed on Thursday, July 20. The shift both allows for continued work on the north side of Boulder Creek, but also allows for more work to begin on the south side of the creek. This new phase of work includes the installation of a wider connection between the library and the new 11th Street Spine Bridge on the south side of Boulder Creek. Pedestrian and bicycle east-west access is now detoured to the north side of Boulder Creek. Foot traffic access to all public and employee entrances to both the Municipal Building and North Library will remain open and accessible. As always, directional signage is installed to assist in area safety and navigation. This fencing alignment is expected to last through September 2017. See the latest Civic configuration map through the remainder of summer, or click on the map in this section for a full-size version.

The new alignment has not changed the current parking configuration in the Civic Area. No additional parking spots will be required for this latest work phase.  As always, we appreciate your attention and cooperation throughout this new Civic Area Park effort.

Construction updates for the week beginning May 29, 2017:

Update June 1, 2017:  Utility work in Main Library parking lot to occur Saturday, June 3

Utility crews have informed the City of Boulder that necessary underground preparation work will close a small part of the Library Parking lot near the Arapahoe Street entrance on Saturday, June 3. The day closure will impact a small section of a lot driving lane, shown in orange on the attached map. Please click on the image on this page to see a full size version of the configuration map.  Visitors need to carefully navigate through the lot to access certain parking spaces. This zone will likely be reopened at the end of the day on Saturday. The day closure will allow utility crews to prepare an underground trench and vault for next week’s anticipated installation of an electrical utility line by Xcel Energy.

Last week, the city announced that these periodic day closures will occur at certain times over the next two weeks. While Saturday’s work is only anticipated to last from approximately 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., there will be a future day-only closure of this same area again within the next two weeks. The Civic Area project team will provide notice once a future closure date is determined.  Thank you for your patience during this necessary day closure for utility work.

 

Utility work in Civic Area to begin Wednesday, May 31; Work will impact main Library parking lot for two weeks

Good news!  Phase 1 of the Civic Area Park project is reaching its halfway mark and remains on schedule.  As the project now enters the second half of construction, there will be some immediate, but temporary, impacts on the south side of Boulder Creek in the Main Library parking lot:

Beginning on Wednesday, May 31, crews will temporarily close 11 additional parking spaces on the southeast corner of the lot near the Arapahoe Avenue entrance to accommodate some necessary utility work.  The attached map shows the closing of these parking spaces in red. (Click on the image to see a full-size map of the configuration.)

  • The utility work involves coordination with Xcel Energy and the relocation of an electrical utility line. It should take approximately two weeks.
  • During this work, there will be periodic day closures of a parking lot drive-through zone, shown in orange on the attached map. This means that on certain days, visitors and employees will need to carefully navigate through the lot to access certain parking spaces.  Directional signage throughout the parking lot will be in place as needed.
  • The Civic Area team will work to give advance-notice of the days when this drive-through zone will be closed. This zone will likely be reopened during non-work hours.

Additionally, since November of last year, the park has seen several significant improvements:

  • This spring, contractors installed the new signature 11th Street Spine bridge. Then, last week, crews dodged the notorious Colorado spring weather to successfully remove the old pedestrian bridge. The old bridge will be reused at another location to-be-determined by the City’s Transportation Division.
  • On the north side of the creek, the bank has been cut down to allow views and access to the creek. This restoration will also lead to a more natural creek corridor with improved plantings and bank protection.
  • The new Boulder Creek Path is beginning to take shape and will allow improved access for all modes of travel to and through the new Civic Area Park.
  • The new playground near the library is well underway and will likely be open in early fall.  You can already see some of the new play features installed.

Once again, our sincere thanks to the patience of visitors and employees in the Civic Area. We are moving closer to a final unveil of this part of the park!

Construction updates for the week beginning May 22, 2017:

After the recent removal of the old pedestrian bridge over Boulder Creek, the new Civic Area continues to take shape. The construction area has temporarily expanded, but pathways have been adjusted to continue to allow for North-South and East-West pedestrian connections and access. Please review the information below as a reminder of the new early summer configuration. 

  • We have updated the pedestrian and bike route detours through the Civic Area during this phase of construction. This new configuration should be in place by midweek. Please click on the image for the updated configuration map.
  • Access to the new 11th Street Spine bridge will be at the far north and far south approaches only. There are currently no intermediate access points between the bridge spans. In the future, the final design will include the option to access the bridge between the bridge spans. 
  • Pedestrians are reminded that this site is an active construction zone. Bicyclists are especially being asked to slow down when traveling through the Civic Area. A modified temporary pathway is in place to ensure East-West flow without interfering with automobile or vehicular traffic in the Civic Area parking lots. North-South access is open over the new 11th Street Spine Pedestrian Bridge.

These configuration changes are expected to last until mid-summer or longer.

Again, please be aware, there will be additional announcements in the weeks ahead related to some upcoming utility line installation work that will temporary impact pedestrian and parking configurations. This could be a pretty big, multi-day job and result in some multi-day parking space closures.  We will provide you notice of when this will take place once final information is available.

Construction updates for the week beginning May 15, 2017:

Following last week’s cancellation of the old pedestrian bridge removal over Boulder Creek in the Civic Area, the new removal date is now scheduled for this Wednesday, May 17. Please review the information below as a reminder of the potential impacts of this work.

  • The existing pedestrian bridge is currently rescheduled to be removed on Wednesday, May 17. (The removal date could again change depending on weather, but the forecast looks promising this week.)
  • Once again, as a reminder: To facilitate this bridge removal, there will be parking closures in the New Britain parking lot off Arapahoe Avenue. On the day of the bridge removal, all parking spaces on the west side of the New Britain building will be closed. This is expected to be an all-day closure.
  • A 2016 structure inspection of the existing bridge shows it to be in good condition, and consistent with city sustainability goals. It will be moved offsite for eventual reuse at a future multi-use pathway location.
  • The transport of the old bridge will occur only during non-peak traffic times in the city.
  • The expanded closure area that took effect last week will remain in place to allow for the construction of a new pedestrian path under the new 11th Street Spine bridge, as well as work related to multi-use path connections, streambank stabilization and utility relocations.
  • We have updated the pedestrian and bike route detours through the Civic Area during this phase of construction. This new configuration should be in place by midweek. Please click on the image for the updated configuration map.
  • The new 11th Street Spine pedestrian bridge will remain open throughout this phase of construction.
  • Access to the new 11th Street Spine bridge will be at the far north and far south approaches only. There are currently no intermediate access points between the bridge spans. In the future, the final design will include the option to access the bridge between the bridge spans. 

These configuration changes are expected to last until mid-summer or longer.

Again, please be aware, there will be additional announcements in the weeks ahead related to some upcoming utility line installation work that will temporary impact pedestrian and parking configurations. This could be a pretty big, multi-day job and result in some multi-day parking space closures.  We will provide you notice of when this will take place once final information is available.

Construction updates for the week beginning May 8, 2017:

  • With the new 11th Street Spine pedestrian bridge now open, the existing east pedestrian bridge will be removed. A 2016 structure inspection of the existing bridge shows it to be in good condition, and consistent with city sustainability goals, it will be moved offsite for eventual reuse at a future multi-use pathway location.
  • The construction footprint will expand beginning on Monday, May 8, to accommodate this bridge removal. The areas north and south of Boulder Creek around the existing east pedestrian bridge will be closed. All pedestrian and bicycle traffic will be detoured on the walk to the immediate southwest side of the Municipal Building.  Please be aware, it will be a little tight through this space. Click on the image to see a full-size version of the new configuration map.
  • The existing pedestrian bridge is currently scheduled to be removed on Wednesday, May 10. The removal date could change depending on weather or other unforeseen circumstances.
  • To facilitate this bridge removal, there will be parking closures in the New Britain parking lot off Arapahoe Avenue. On the day of the bridge removal, all parking spaces on the west side of the New Britain building will be closed. This is expected to be an all-day closure.
  • The transport of the old bridge will occur only during non-peak traffic times in the city.
  • After the existing pedestrian bridge is removed, the expanded closure area will remain in place to allow for the construction of a new pedestrian path under the new 11th Street Spine bridge, as well as work related to multi-use path connections, streambank stabilization and utility relocations.
  • The new 11th Street Spine pedestrian bridge will remain open throughout this phase of construction.
  • Access between the Municipal Building, the Park Central Building, and the New Britain Building will be at the far north and south approaches to the 11th Street Spine bridge, over both the smaller 60-foot bridge span over a future park pathway and the longer 90-foot bridge span over Boulder Creek.  At this point, there are no intermediate access points between the bridge spans. In the future, the final design will include the option to access the bridge between both spans.

These configuration changes are expected to last until mid-summer or longer. There will be additional announcements in the weeks ahead related to some upcoming utility line installation work that will temporary impact pedestrian and parking configurations.

FULL STORY --> March 2017: New 11th Street Spine Pedestrian Bridge open

The new 11th Street Spine Pedestrian Bridge, installed last month, officially opened for pedestrian traffic during a brief opening ceremony on Monday afternoon, April 24, at 4 p.m. The event featured a ribbon-cutting and first walk across the bridge with Boulder area schoolchildren, including some who suggested the ideas that were incorporated into the final design. The new bridge better connects both sides of the creek and provide a clear corridor from downtown through the Civic Area to University Hill.

Here are a few important notes about the bridge opening: 

  • The new bridge features two separate spans. The longer 90-foot section spans over Boulder Creek. A shorter 60-foot section spans future pedestrian pathway. For the opening few weeks, pedestrians will need to cross both bridge sections. In the next few months, intermediate pedestrian access points will be permanently opened along the two spans. But, for the short term, the route between the Municipal Building and Park Central / New Britain buildings will be a bit longer.  
  • The new pedestrian bridge is designed to darken with further exposure to the elements. For now, the bridge surface features random hues of grey and rust-orange. This is a short-term condition. An oxidation process will take several months before the bridge turns into its final uniform, darker complexion. Please also be aware that during the darkening process, rust dust forms on the bridge and can rub onto your hands and clothes. 
  • The old, existing bridge that spans Boulder Creek near the new bridge will be closed and removed in the next few weeks.

Configuration updates beginning the week of  April 17 and April 24, 2017:

  • The new bridge features two separate spans. The longer 90-foot section spans over Boulder Creek. A shorter 60-foot section spans future pedestrian pathway. For the opening few weeks, pedestrians will need to cross both bridge sections. In the next few months, intermediate pedestrian access points will be permanently opened along the two spans. But, for the short term, the route between the Municipal Building and Park Central / New Britain buildings will be a bit longer.  
  • The new pedestrian bridge is designed to darken with further exposure to the elements. For now, the bridge surface features random hues of grey and rust-orange. This is a short-term condition. An oxidation process will take several months before the bridge turns into its final uniform, darker complexion.
  • The old, existing bridge that spans Boulder Creek near the new bridge will be closed and removed in the next few weeks.
  • The Municipal Building/North Library parking lot redesign is complete and is now fully open. This new design restores 18 parking spots that had been closed during construction.
  • Within the next week, construction crews will close the northwest corner of the Main Library (Arapahoe Avenue) parking lot. This will result is the closure of 7 more spaces, and slightly change vehicle circulation through the lot. The closed area will also extend south to the main Library entryway, closing the north sliding-glass door entrance only. The remaining east and south facing sliding doors will remain open throughout construction. Please see the map for details. (Click on the map for a larger version.)

Configuration updates beginning the week of April 10, 2017:

  • The 11th Street Spine Pedestrian Bridge is expected to be open sometime within the next two weeks.  Check back here next week for more specific information on an opening date.  Crews are finishing the walkway connectors that will complete the walkways through the Civic Area. The city plans to celebrate the opening of the bridge once a date is confirmed.  Check back here next week for more specific information on an opening date. 

Configuration updates beginning the week of April 3, 2017:

  • There will be a big visual change that will take place next week near the main entrance to the Boulder Library. The closed area/fence line will be expanded to include the large concrete plaza area north of the main entrance. Please see the map to further visualize the area outlined in red. (Click on the map for full size version.) Please also note that all three main library sliding-glass entryway doors will remain open during this initial phase.
  • Please be aware that in the next few weeks, the closed area WILL extend all the way up to the north entryway, closing that north sliding-glass door entrance only – the remaining east and south facing sliding doors will remain open throughout construction.
  • The reason for these closures is exciting: construction on the new Nature Play area will begin in earnest! Please help us spread the excitement about this new area, which will be a signature feature of the new Civic Area!
  • Click on the map to the left to see a full size version.

Configuration updates beginning the week of March 27, 2017:

  • As a result of some survey work done this past week, there will be a new Civic Area parking configuration beginning on Tuesday, March 28. This configuration change differs from the change announced last week, which proved to be inadequate for construction crews . Therefore, on March 28, there will be an 11-spot parking closure in the northwest section of the Main Library (Arapahoe) Parking Lot south of Boulder Creek. While these closures will reduce the number of parking spaces available for the next few weeks, there will be an upcoming reopening of parking spaces in the Municipal Building/North Library Parking Lot in mid-April. This should adequately counter the impact of the lost spaces south of Boulder Creek.
  • Click on the map to the right to see a full size image of the upcoming parking configuration changes beginning on Tuesday, March 28.

Configuration updates beginning the week of March 20, 2017:

  • Our thanks to all visitors for your patience throughout the past week with the full closure of the Municipal Building/North Library parking lot to allow for the Civic Area's 11th Street Spine Pedestrian Bridge installation. Look for the new bridge to be open sometime in mid to late April.

Photos from bridge installation on March 16, 2017:

Photos from the March 16, 2017 installation of the new 11th Street Spine Pedestrian Bridge. Click on photos for larger versions.

   

FULL STORY  -->  March 2017: Bridge Installation Information

Delivery and installation of 11th Street Spine Pedestrian Bridge marks milestone the Civic Area project

After years of public input and design, a significant milestone is about to be reached in the Civic Area!  Boulder's new pedestrian bridge along the Civic Area's 11 th Street Spine is expected to be installed between Wednesday, March 15 and Friday, March 17.  The new bridge is scheduled to be delivered in three large segments and will require the region's largest hydraulic cranes for the installation. 

Once installed and open to the public later this spring, the new bridge will better connect areas on both sides of the creek, and provide a clear corridor from downtown to University Hill.

This signature feature of the new Civic Area park design showcases steel-fabricated railings and viewing portals which allow visitors to look through the walkway to the creek below. These unique design features were inspired by ideas from local Boulder school children who participated in the community engagement efforts that date back to 2012.

To thank Boulder's youth for their contributions and enthusiasm, the Civic Area Team will provide a special Bridge-Kids Cookie, sponsored by the Bridge House Community Table Kitchen, during the Musical Story Times at the Main Boulder Public Library on Wednesday, March 15 and Thursday, March 16. Story times are available at the Boulder Public Library website .  Look for additional activities at the Library for patrons of all ages to participate in the celebrating of this milestone.  

Configuration updates beginning the week of March 13, 2017

  • The Civic Area HD Webcam is back up and running. While the camera is operational, there still are some occasional optimization or operational issues that sometime bump the feed offline. We appreciate your patience while we find the camera’s sweetspot! The Civic Area team would like to extend our sincere apologies for the past technical problems related to the operation of the Civic Area HD Webcam, ultimately caused by water during a recent freeze-thaw cycle. 
  • On Tuesday, March 14, a special edition of the Civic Area Newsletter was sent to all subscribers with updated information leading up the installation of the 11th Street Spine Pedestrian Bridge from March 15 to 17. This issue followed the regular quarterly newsletter which went out Feb. 27, 2017. Please see both issues for lots of updated information. To subscribe to the newsletter, all you need to do is enter your e-mail address on the linked page.
  • Coming soon! Check back here next week for updated pictures and video from the March 15 to 17 pedestrian bridge installation.

Configuration updates beginning the week of March 6, 2017

  • Excitement is building for the new 11th Street pedestrian spine bridge. This week, representatives from PCL, the general contractor for the Civic Area site, visited the facility currently fabricating the new pedestrian bridge. The bridge is currently being assembled into three large pieces which will be delivered and installed at the Civic Area site March 15 to 17 (see News below). More information on activities to mark this significant milestone in the park construction will be announced next week.
  • Civic Area crews will be working on the sidewalks south of Canyon Boulevard near the 11th Street pedestrian crosswalk. This work will result in some temporary pedestrian detours in the areas leading up to the crosswalk. Look for these pedestrian detours to begin on Monday, March 6 and last through March 10. 
  • The Civic Area team would like to extend our sincere apologies for recent technical problems related to the operation of the Civic Area HD Webcam. The camera was damaged by water during a recent freeze-thaw cycle. Because this camera was designed to perform outside, the city is currently working with the vendor to rectify what we believe may be a manufacturing defect. We hope to have a new camera installed as soon as possible. In the meantime, please feel free to view our Creek Camera at https://bouldercolorado.gov/flood/boulder-creek-camera. It offers a second view from the opposite side of the Civic Area.  This camera takes still photos and refreshes the images, so it is not as high tech as the HD cam, but it does offer an alternate viewpoint.

Configuration updates beginning the week of Feb. 20, 2017

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.                                ​

Configuration updates beginning the week of Jan. 30, 2017

  • Community members can view the construction work in real-time through the new Civic Area Live Construction HD Webcam. The live video can be accessed directly on the front page of the Civic Area homepage, or in a larger resolution on a special Civic Area Live Camera webpage.

Configuration updates beginning the week of Jan. 23, 2017

  • Additional fencing will be installed south of Boulder Creek that will close the entire area along the south creek shoreline. This fencing will run along the north edge of the Main Library Parking lot, but will not close any parking spaces.  Also, sidewalk areas around the east pedestrian bridge will be closing, but the bridge will remain open with pedestrian walkway detours clearly marked. Again, no parking spaces will be removed due to these closures.
  • Construction crews will begin creek bank restoration work this week. The work will require crews to be working in and around Boulder Creek between the east and west pedestrian bridges. Crews are taking special measures to protect the water flowing through the area and the work will have minimal impact to the existing creek habitats. When complete, the areas along the creek will be restored and reshaped to create a safer and more natural riparian-vegetation corridor.

Configuration updates beginning the week of Jan. 16, 2017

  • The outside west pedestrian bridge over Boulder Creek will now be closed until mid-February. This is a change from previous updates. The decision was made to hold off on reopening the bridge to accommodate some additional safety considerations, landscape adjustments and pathway work. This is not a delay to the overall timeline, rather a schedule adjustment that should help prevent future closures of the bridge during later construction phases. Thank you for your patience! 

Configuration updates beginning the week of Jan. 9, 2017

  • The construction area has been expanded north of Boulder Creek as planned. The closed area now extends up to the sidewalk along the Municipal Building/North Canyon Parking lot. Pedestrian access through the Civic Area north of Boulder Creek is now detoured and routed onto this walkway.  Signage denoting the detours is up and visible to pedestrians crossing through this area.
  • The outside west pedestrian bridge over Boulder Creek remains closed. Progress has been made on installing underground piping in this area. The pedestrian walkway detours around this closed bridge remain in effect. The hope is to have the west pedestrian bridge reopened within the next  week .
  • An ADA stall was striped in the Municipal Building Parking lot on the northwest corner of the lot near the Canyon St. entrance / exit.  This ADA spot is open to the public.  The ADA spot across Canyon on 11th St. still remains.  
  • Remaining tree removals continued the week of January 3 and will continue this week, weather permitting.  Usable wood will be transported to the City’s Forestry yard where it is being stored for future reuse in the park.  Those pieces will eventually be given to artisans to create future park benches and amenities in the new Civic Area.
  • Drilling for the bridge piers on the north side of the creek have been completed.  Work on installing piers on the south side of the creek has started, but delayed as a result of weather and the heavy snow last week.  These days of weather loss, while not ideal, had already been factored into the construction schedule, and will not affect the overall timeline of the project.
  • Work on the installation of a utility line in the Municipal Building parking lot will begin this week.
  • The overall project remains on-schedule, minus a few digging areas that have been temporarily delayed due to finding the exact location of utility and water lines near some digging sites. These minor delays were expected during the excavation process and should not pose any significant long term delays to the overall project timeline.  
  • Grading activities in the north side of the creek are anticipated to start within the next two weeks.  This work includes the forming the rain gardens, earth mounds/berms, and areas for the bridge foundations.  

Configuration updates beginning the week of Dec. 26, 2016

  • The construction area has been expanded north of Boulder Creek as planned. The closed area now extends up to the sidewalk along the Municipal Building/North Canyon Parking lot. Pedestrian access through the Civic Area north of Boulder Creek is now detoured and routed onto this walkway.  Signage denoting the detours is up and visible to pedestrians crossing through this area.
  • The outside west pedestrian bridge over Boulder Creek remains closed. Progress has been made on installing underground piping in this area. The pedestrian walkway detours around this closed bridge remain in effect. The hope is to have the west pedestrian bridge reopened within the next two weeks.

Configuration updates beginning the week of Dec. 19, 2016

  • Work continues to be on schedule, as more trees and brush have been cleared in the area of the future Nature Play area near the Boulder Public Library south of the Boulder Creek. The outside west pedestrian bridge over Boulder Creek remains closed, as crews are now working on installing underground piping in this area. The pedestrian walkway detours remain in effect.
  • Footings for the new 11th Street Spine Bridge are now being installed.

Configuration updates beginning the week of Dec. 12, 2016

  • The outside west pedestrian bridge over Boulder Creek is now closed. It will remain closed for the next 3 to 5 weeks. Individuals can cross Boulder Creek either at the outside east pedestrian bridge closer to the Municipal Building, or inside the Main Library. Signs onsite detour pedestrian traffic.
  • Snow and cold temperatures resulted in two days of work stoppage this past week. These sorts of weather-related work stoppage are factored into the construction schedule and should not impact the overall completion time frame of approximately one year from now.

Configuration updates beginning the week of Dec. 5, 2016

  • The outside west pedestrian bridge over Boulder Creek that is closest to the library will be closed during the week of Dec. 5. It will remain closed for the next 4 to 6 weeks. Individuals can cross Boulder Creek either at the outside east pedestrian bridge closer to the Municipal Building, or inside the Main Library. Signs will be onsite to detour pedestrian traffic.
  • An additional park area will close near the Main Library building for tree removal and pruning, specifically around the Pooh Garden and nearby Boulder Creek area. The team expects the work to last a few days only, but there could be some noise impacts.
  • Large portions of the trees removed from the Civic Area during this phase of construction are being saved and will be repurposed to make future park benches and other artistic wood accessories that will return to the Civic Area upon completion of park construction.
  • Snow is expected next week. City workers and park construction contractors will work to ensure adequate access through and around the construction areas. 

Configuration updates beginning the week of Nov. 26, 2016

  • Construction fencing went up around the park areas to mark the first day of construction activity.
  • Parking closure of 39 spaces in the Municipal Lot began. Parking ambassadors are in the parking lots to assist visitors.
  • Early December: West pedestrian bridge near the library will shut down for approximately 3 to 6 weeks so crews can install underground pipe. 

FULL STORY  -->  November 2016: Civic Area park construction underway

After a year of planning and public input, the Civic Area has begun Phase 1 of Park Construction, marking the first major implementation effort of the Civic Area Master Plan. Construction began on Wednesday, Nov. 23.

Link To The CIVIC AREA Site Plan!

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 to be the catalyst for future improvements in the Civic Area. 

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.

Thanksgiving Week 2016 to the week of Feb. 12, 2017

  • 39 parking spaces located on the east end in the Municipal Building Lot will close (19 temporary + 20 permanent). ADA spots moved to nearby locations to still allow access to city buildings. (The Civic Master Plan ultimately envisions enhanced access to the park with parking redistributed to bookend areas in order to repurpose land for the park-at-the-core.)
  • Construction fencing installed around the closed parking area and closed construction zone denoted in orange.
  • Anticipated start day for large-equipment site work.

 

 

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