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Chautauqua Pedestrian Safety, Access and Lighting Improvements Project

Chautauqua Pedestrian Safety, Access and Lighting Improvements Project

Project Update

The King's Gate reconstruction is complete and access to Chautauqua, near 10th Street,  has re-opened, including the newly re-constructed Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) compliant access ramp at King's Gate.  

The new sidewalk on the south side of Baseline Road from west of 6th St to 8th St is completed and open for walking.  Sidewalk construction from 8th to Kinnikinic will be completed in March when the pedestrian safety improvements along Kinnikinic and its intersection with Baseline will occur. 

Until then, a detour will route pedestrians to the north side of Baseline Road at 8th St and west to Kinnikinic Rd to access Chautauqua Park and Open Space and Mountain Parks (OSMP) trails.

You may have noticed new stairs to the Chautauqua Meadow (managed by OSMP).  Stairs from the new sidewalk west of Kinnikinic to the Chautauqua meadow are open at the west end of the project and at 6th and 7th streets.

For your safety and that of the construction crews, and to ensure that work can be completed on time, please observe the detours and do not enter the work zone--marked by cones, barrels, barricades and fencing.  It may seem safe to hop the fence or go inside the cones and barrels, but the machine operators aren't expecting you in their work area and may not be able to stop in time to keep you safe.  Also, there are many other safety hazards that may not be clear, like holes to fall in, exposed utilities or unstable ground and slippery surfaces.

All work is dependent on weather, contractor schedules and material delivery and so is subject to change. 

For the latest construction and traffic impact information, visit the   and follow boulderconezones on Twitter. 

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Have a question about the project? 

Check the project FAQ -- you may find your answer. pdf

Construction Impacts

The construction area will be closed for the safety of the travelling public, but Kinnikinic Road, Chautauqua Park and Open Space trails will remain open.

Pedestrian detours and parking restrictions will be in effect .

Speeds in the construction zone are reduced to 25 mph for the safety of the travelling public and the construction crew.

Off-peak, single vehicle lane closures will be in effect within the work zone.

All work is weather dependent and subject to change.  For the latest construction and traffic information, visit and follow boulderconezone on Twitter.

Project Background

The Chautauqua Pedestrian Safety, Access and Lighting Improvements Project addresses the south side of Baseline Road from the park boundary near 10th Street to west of Sixth Street. This Chautauqua Project fulfills the direction of the 2014 voter-approved Community, Culture and Safety Tax to improve pedestrian safety and incorporate Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)-compliant curb ramps along Baseline Road in the Chautauqua area. The second component to the project will address the safety need for low-level lighting in the park along the walkway from the King’s Gate entrance to the parking lot east of the tennis courts. The project is an inter-departmental City of Boulder project that honors the historic and natural character of the area while providing important safety improvements.

This section of Baseline Road serves an important role for the use of Chautauqua Park, Open Space and Mountain Parks trails and Chautauqua Association lodging, programming and venues. These three facets of Chautauqua, combined, attract more than half a million visitors per year.

Currently, the lack of sidewalk on the south side of Baseline Road from west of Sixth Street east to King’s Gate creates a safety hazard. Pedestrians travel in the street increasing pedestrian-vehicle and pedestrian-bicycle conflict. The lack of sidewalks also impedes the mobility and access of area residents. Consequently, the project area has been identified in the City’s Missing Sidewalk Links program.

The Transportation Master Plan (TMP) prioritizes providing travel options by constructing multimodal facilities. The project supports this TMP goal through construction of sidewalks and transit stop amenities. Additionally, this project provides OSMP the opportunity to implement the Council-approved West Trail Study Area Plan, which includes recommendations to reduce the number of damaging social trails on the north side of the Chautauqua Meadow. This project also aligns with the Colorado Chautauqua Association 2004 Cultural Landscape Assessment and Plan’s recommendations to restore historic views “in and from Chautauqua Park.”

Project Improvements

The Chautauqua Project will provide the following improvements:

  • Construction of 5-foot wide sidewalks on the south side of Baseline Road from the park boundary near 10th Street to the end of on-street parking west of Sixth Street
  • Improved ADA-compliant pedestrian crossings along Baseline Road
  • Transit stop improvements, including an ADA-compliant ramp at King’s Gate
  • New retaining wall between Kinnikinic Road and Queen's Gate, constructed and detailed to be comptaible with existing historic retaining wall in the area
  • Native shrubs and plantings to replace non-native species and improve landscape conditions on the north edge of the Chautauqua meadow
    • Using a combination of native vegetation, slope and retaining wall the project will encourage entry at the designated/retained trails as identified in the OSMP West Trail Study Area Plan
  • Tree and landscape restoration within Chautauqua Park per a developed landscape plan
  • Improved pedestrian connections from Baseline Road to Open Space and Mountain Parks designated access trails and to existing Parks and Recreation paths

The Chautauqua Project received a Landmarks Aletration Certificate to make the following improvements with in the National Historic District in Chautauqua Park:

  • Construction of a soft surface social trail from the Queen’s Gate into Chautauqua Park
  • Construction of a five-foot wide, exposed-aggregate concrete detached sidewalk on the east side of Kinnikinic Road within the historic district boundary
  • Construction of swales along Kinnikinic Road from Baseline Road to Bluebell Road on the west and Sumac Drive on the East
  • Pedestrian lighting along key access points for safety and accessibility from Baseline Road through major park access walks to visitor facilities (pending Landmarks Board approval)

Schedule

Planning and design was completed in summer, 2016. 

Construction began in November, 2016 and is anticipated to be completed by spring, 2017.

Funding and Budget

This project will cost around $1.5 million and is funded by the 2014 voter-approved Community, Culture and Safety Tax pdf

The Community, Culture and Safety tax will provide $27 million to improve community spaces, cultural projects and organizations, and safety.

Public Involvement

The project team presented the early designs to appropriate boards,committees and to the public and incorporated feedback received into the final designs, where feasible.

Previous Presentations and Open Houses

Open Space Board of Trustees

September 9, 2015

Transportation Advisory Board

September 14, 2015

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board

September 28, 2015

Landmarks Board

October 7, 2015

Open House

October 15, 2015

Landmarks Board

February 3, 2016

Landmarks Board
April 6, 2016

Transportation Advisory Board
May 9, 2016

Open Space Board of Trustees 
May 9, 2016

Parks and Recreation Advisory Board
May 23, 2016

June 28 Public Open House pdf
June 28, 2016

See the final plan of project improvements presented at the open house pdf

Information on the Chautauqua Access Management Plan (CAMP) was also presented at the June open house.

Find out more information about CAMP

For more information about the Chautauqua Access Management Plan, contact:  CAMP@bouldercolorado.gov

For more information about the Chautauqua Pedestrian Safety, Access and Lighting Improvements Project, contact:

Melanie Sloan ● Transportation Division ● 303-441-4934● Sloanm@bouldercolorado.gov

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For more information about the Chautauqua Pedestrian Safety, Access and Lighting Improvements Project, contact:

Melanie Sloan ● Transportation Division ● 303-441-4934● Sloanm@bouldercolorado.gov

 
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