Timing and multi-source funding strategies allowed for additional multimodal changes

The City of Boulder, in partnership with the Boulder Valley School District, has completed the Lehigh Corridor Improvements project.

Funding

Funding sources included a federal grant from Safe Routes to School (SRTS), a national program that aims to improve infrastructure and outreach to encourage K-8 students to take active transport to school. The city provided additional funding through the Pavement Management Program Mobility Enhancement Initiative, a strategy that incorporates bicycle and pedestrian facility improvements into annual pavement resurfacing work to help make streets safer for walking and biking.

Improvements

Improvements include:

  • Removal of the center turn lane between Table Mesa Drive and Cragmoor Road to provide increased separation between the bike lanes and vehicle travel lanes.

  • Pedestrian crossing and intersection safety improvements, including pedestrian refuge islands and curb extensions, to reduce the distance to cross the road

  • A paved multi-use path through Bear Creek Park connecting Lehigh Street and Bear Creek Elementary

  • Pavement resurfacing of Lehigh Street from Table Mesa Road to Galena Way

Walk & Roll to School Day

The city’s Transportation and Mobility staff, along with members of City Council and the Transportation Advisory Board, visited nearby schools during National Walk & Roll to School Day on Oct. 12 to celebrate the completion of the Lehigh Corridor Project and begin the early stages of community engagement for the next SRTS application at Manhattan Middle School.

“It was fantastic to see students on their bikes, skateboards and scooters enjoying the event on the new pedestrian crossings, multi-use path and other improved infrastructure,” said Principal Project Manager Melanie Sloan. “These partnerships between the city, school district and community are an important way federal funds augment local dollars to provide safer and more comfortable transportation choices for all ages and abilities.”

Learn More

SRTS funding supplements city projects toward the Transportation Master Plan goals, including making travel safer and comfortable through a Low-Stress Walk and Bike Network. Learn more on the city’s Safe Routes to School webpage.