March 10, 2017 - Civic Area Reaches Milestone With New Pedestrian Bridge to Be Delivered March 15 to 17; Municipal Building/North Library Parking Lot to Be Closed for Three Days
Friday, March 10, 2017
Jim Winchester, Communication Manager, 303-441-4247
Sarah Huntley, Media Relations, 303-441-3155
Civic Area reaches milestone with new pedestrian bridge to be delivered March 15 to 17; Municipal Building/North Library parking lot to be closed for three days
Boulder's new pedestrian bridge along the Civic Area's 11th Street Spine is expected to be installed between Wednesday, March 15 and Friday, March 17. The new bridge will arrive in three segments and will require the use of one of the region's largest hydraulic cranes for 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 that will allow visitors to look through the walkway to the creek below. These unique design features were inspired by ideas from local Boulder schoolchildren who participated in community engagement efforts that date back to 2012.
“More than 250 children, ages 4 through 15, contributed ideas to this project, and they will be thrilled to see how many of their suggestions are being implemented,” said Mara Mintzer, director of Growing Up Boulder. "Our organization was pleased to be part of this legacy project in Boulder."
To thank Boulder's youth for their contributions and enthusiasm, the Civic Area Team will provide a special "Bridge-Kids Cookie,” made 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. For more information about these story time programs, visit https://boulderlibrary.org/youth/storytimes/#main. Look for additional activities at the library as patrons of all ages celebrate this milestone.
To accommodate the safe delivery and installation of the new bridge, a full closure of the Municipal Building/North Library parking lot between March 15 to 17 is necessary.Visitors are encouraged to use alternate parking areas in the Civic Area, including the Park Central, New Britain or Main Library parking lots. Parking hours and rates will remain unchanged. Additional parking garage options are available in downtown Boulder.
While the Municipal Building/North Library parking lot vehicle entrance will be blocked off, there will be minimal impacts to traffic flow on Canyon Boulevard. For visitors walking, running or biking through the Civic Area, the existing pedestrian bridge over Boulder Creek closest to the Municipal Building will remain open except during the actual placement times of the new bridge. The pedestrian bridge closest to the library will remain open throughout the entire installation and will serve as the marked, pedestrian detour route during temporary closures for the new bridge installation. Please note that in the event of weather or high winds, the delivery and installation may be delayed into the weekend.
For more information, please visit www.bouldercolorado.gov/civic-area .