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City Invites Public to Weigh in on Recommended Vision for East Arapahoe at Open House Feb. 15

East Arapahoe will continue to see increased demand in the coming years with substantial changes expected in communities east of Boulder

The public is invited to an open house on Thursday, Feb. 15, to provide feedback to city staff on the recommended long-range vision for the East Arapahoe (State Highway 7) transportation corridor from Folsom St. to 75th St. The open house will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Boulder, 5001 Pennsylvania Ave. in Boulder.

One of the city’s busiest local and regional travel corridors, East Arapahoe lacks convenient and reliable options for travel, and needs multimodal access and safety improvements to accommodate travelers making local trips to and from east Boulder neighborhoods, commercial areas and major employment centers. In addition, East Arapahoe will continue to see increased demand in the coming years with substantial changes expected in communities east of Boulder.

To address these needs, alternatives, ranging from keeping the current roadway as-is to repurposing lanes for rapid transit, have been developed. After extensive technical analysis and coordinating with agency partners such as Boulder County, RTD and CDOT, a recommended vision plan that takes into account feedback from the Community Working Group and general public, to date, will be available at the open house for additional public review and feedback.

The long-range vision plan includes repurposing the curbside travel lane (one lane in each direction) to be a shared lane accommodating right-turning vehicle traffic, existing transit plus future regional Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) service, High Occupancy Vehicles and new shared technologies such as autonomous and connected vehicles. Two general purpose lanes in each direction will remain throughout most of the corridor. Improvements also include an off-street multiuse path and raised protected bike lanes. The vision plan integrates proposed transit stations and mobility hubs with existing and future land uses along the corridor, and is flexible to adapt to local and regional changes over time.

The recommended vision is expected to improve travel options for all commuters, maintain auto travel time and provide a transit travel time competitive with travel times of cars. The bike and pedestrian facilities will increase visibility, create separation from vehicular traffic and increase access and comfort for all people walking and bicycling.

The long-range vision will be phased in overtime with incremental safety, access and mobility improvements. It will also integrate with broader regional SH7 multimodal corridor planning initiatives to connect Boulder to I-25 and on to Brighton, and supports RTD’s long-range plan for future FasTracks commuter rail service for the Northwest region.

Following the public meeting, staff will evaluate public feedback and present the vision plan to the Transportation Advisory Board for consideration on March 12. City Council is scheduled to consider the plan at the May 15 council meeting.

Interested community members who are unable to attend the open house may learn more about the recommended alternative and submit comments at www.EastArapahoeTransportationPlan.net.

Published: Feb. 12, 2018

Media Contacts:
Deanna Kamhi, Public Works Communications, 303-441-4073
Ben Irwin, Media Relations, 303-441-3155
http://bouldercolorado.gov/transportation

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