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Civic Area Park Construction

Civic Area Park Construction

On The Site Updates

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

   

The following updates are for the week beginning 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.

The following updates are for the week beginning 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.

The following updates are for the week beginning 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.

News

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.  

 

Construction Archive

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 effect 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 signficant 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 visable 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.

 

Planned Configurations

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.  

Click on the icon below to see full size version of maps

CURRENT to April 2017                

  • The Civic Area construction zone footprint north of Boulder Creek is expanded.
  • Fencing  extended on the North side 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 reopen 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. 

 


April 2017 to June 2017                 

  • Construction zone expands to include area immediately south of Boulder Creek.
  • An additional 13 parking spaces close along the north end of the Library Lot (Arapahoe Ave.)
  • 14 parking spaces reopen on the east end in the Municipal Building Lot.

 


July 2017 to December 2017                        

  • New East-West pedestrian/bike route opens through area north of Boulder Creek.
  • New North-South 11th Street Pedestrian Spine Bridge opens.
  • New sidewalk opens from Canyon to Arapahoe.
  • Park area closes south of Municipal Building
  • Old Boulder Creek east pedestrian bridge to be removed. 

 

Timetables are approximate, as construction schedule will be weather dependent.  All construction activity has been carefully planned to minimize access impacts. Though there will be temporary inconveniences, all areas and buildings will still have access by pathways and allow for bicycle flow. Please adhere to detours which will be well-marked during construction phases.  Thank you for your patience during this construction time. The final outcome will lead to a more dynamic, attractive and accessible Civic Area for the future!

To assist visitors to the Civic Area of the changes, all city buildings will have an updated construction flier pdf available. As the construction phasing changes, the flyer will be updated to reflect the latest construction and parking configurations.      

 

Latest Civic Area Newsletter includes construction information

Click on the icon below to see full newsletter

Information in this issue includes:

    -- New pedestrian bridge delivery details

    -- Nature Play area takes shape

    -- Removed tree wood returns to Civic Area this summer

 

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