Canyon Boulevard Complete Streets Study
Introduction and Background
The Canyon Boulevard Complete Streets Study will develop a vision, preliminary design and a cost estimate to improve Canyon Boulevard/State Highway 119 from 9th to 17th streets. The study began in late 2015 and is anticipated to be completed in mid-2017.
The Canyon Boulevard Complete Streets Study was identified through the Civic Area Master Plan and the Transportation Master Plan update and is looking at improvements to travel along and across Canyon Boulevard as well as provide urban design, landscaping and placemaking enhancements.
The Study developed a vision, preliminary design and a cost estimate to improve Canyon Blvd/State Highway 119 from 9th to 17th streets. The study began in late 2015 and is anticipated to be completed in late 2018/early 2019.
Project Update and Next Steps
The Canyon Boulevard Complete Streets Study is developing a phasing implementation plan. Implementation of improvements will occur as funding is available.
Phase 1 Summary:
Following the May 31, 2016 City Council Study Session, the project team completed an assessment of the conceptual design options to move forward in selecting a design alternative. The assessment process resulted in three design alternatives plus a “No Build” option. This assessment process began with a first level of screening where the conceptual options were compared to existing conditions and the other options to identify the best design alternatives for Canyon Boulevard. The team also included a previously considered idea of repurposing a lane for a transit and a bicycle lane and the idea of providing a center running bus rapid transit only lane in addition to the four vehicular lanes.
Following a community engagement period in early 2017, the three refined design alternatives were presented to the related advisory boards and commissions for their input at a Jan. 31, 2017 Joint Boards and Commissions meeting. Additionally, this information was provided to City Council for their feedback on the refined design alternatives at the April 11 study session.
Feedback from City Council on the three refined design alternatives included:
- Safety and improvements to bicycling, transit and walking are important.
- Safety without compromising vehicular traffic movement is also important.
- Preference for the option with a protected bicycle lane and sidewalks on both sides, which includes more protection for all ages and abilities, and separation from the other modes.
- Preference for the option with a buffered bicycle lane facility because it would decrease the likelihood of icing issues (compared to protected bicycle lane); the space for a buffer and amenity zone for urban design, landscaping, public art and other pedestrian amenities is greater; and this is a high pedestrian use area.
- Consider a hybrid of Options 6.5 and 7 to optimize the best features that support goals and objectives.
- Improvements that support transit and access to transit is a key objective, but there are concerns about the idea of double left turns at the Broadway/Canyon intersection. Continue to explore opportunities, but balance these opportunities with all of the other objectives.
The project team is currently using the feedback from City Council to move a single design option into Phase 2, which includes preliminary engineering and cost estimation.
On Thursday. Dec. 1, 2016, the project team held an open house and walking tour to provide the community with an opportunity to learn more about the study and provide feedback on three conceptual design options. If you were unable to attend the meeting, please see the meeting materials below:
In spring 2016, the project team shared the vision, goals, objectives and proposed evaluation measures and seven conceptual design options to the community for their feedback. Input opportunities included the April 27 public open-house meeting, an online survey form, May 18 Joint Boards and Commissions meeting, May 31 City Council Study Session and June 3 Youth Opportunities Advisory Board meeting.
A summary of the input received can be found below:
On Wednesday, April 27, 2016, the project team hosted a Canyon Boulevard Complete Streets Open House as an opportunity for the community to learn more about the study and provide feedback on the conceptual design options and the measures to be used to evaluate the options. View Meeting Materials
On Thursday, April 21, 2016, the Transportation Division hosted a Complete Streets Open House to explore how the city is improving the transportation system to meet the safety and the sustainability goals of the community.
For more information or if you have questions, please contact Noreen Walsh, senior transportation planner, at 303-441-4301 or [email protected]