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City of Boulder Enhances Temporary Shared Streets Opportunities Through CDOT Can Do Colorado Challenge Grant

The City of Boulder has been awarded three “Revitalizing Main Street” grants totaling $124,500 under the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Can Do Colorado Challenge. 

The state program spotlights new opportunities to restart commerce impacted by the COVID-19 public health crisis in ways that are safe and sustainable. The grants are intended to provide financial assistance to communities making creative modifications to state roadways and other public spaces as a way of promoting social distancing and economic activity. In addition to COVID-related health and safety guidance, the City of Boulder’s selected projects prioritize equity, service-reach and multimodal access, and will be implemented this month. They include:  

  • Boulder Meadows shared streets: Limit traffic to local access only on 19th Street between Violet Avenue and Yarmouth Avenue to create socially distanced recreational opportunities for Boulder Meadows residents while maintaining neighborhood residents’ existing access to bus routes on 19th Street. The grant will also create opportunities for multilingual education on the pandemic by inviting community members to collaborate with a local artist on the creation and installation of a street mural at 19th Street and Avocado Road. Bilingual community surveyors will engage residents in both English and Spanish on their experiences during the pandemic and their hopes for the community through recovery. The surveyors will also document usage of the street closure to assess the project and consider short and long-term community improvements. 
  • Neighborhood shared streets: Limit traffic to local access only on 11th Street between Arapahoe and University avenues; 12th Street from Baseline Road to the Chautauqua Auditorium; Columbine Avenue between 12th Street and Sunnyvale Lane; 34th Street between Valmont Road and Howard Heuston Park at 3200 34th St.; Juilliard Street between Gillaspie Drive and Lehigh Street; and Martin Drive between Ash Avenue and South 42nd Street. The project will connect residents to multiuse path system and existing bike lanes.  
  • West Pearl and University Hill Event Street closures phase 2: Grant funding will support upgrades to existing closures in commercial areas downtown and on University Hill to make them more robust for the extended closure period (now through Oct. 31) and to collect data that will expand the city’s understanding of outdoor expansion impacts on business vitality and consumer perceptions. Downtown, the enhancements include switching out temporary barricades to concrete barriers that will remain in place through Oct. 31. On University Hill, the enhancements will provide additional temporary shelter for outdoor diners. Pedestrian counting software will document usage of the closures, while surveyors will interview visitors to understand their perceptions of the closures and public health considerations. In both districts, the installation of ADA ramps will increase accessibility and an effort will also be made to integrate public art messaging to encourage safe social distancing practices within the time period of the extended closures. 

Staff from the city’s Community Vitality, Public Works - Transportation & Mobility departments, and the Office of Arts & Culture are working together to implement these projects.  

Media contacts:   

Jennifer Bray, Media Relations, 720-413-4215 

Samantha Glavin, Media Relations, 720-667-9480 


Published September 17, 2020