Radio Infrastructure Improvements
This project is partially funded through the renewal of the 2017 Community, Culture and Safety (CCS) Tax.
Installation of two new radio towers will begin the week of Sept. 7, 2020. The first of the new towers will be located in North Boulder near US 36, at 4907 North 26th Street. The second new tower will be located at 6854 Arapahoe Road and Westview Drive. This work is scheduled to be completed by October 2020 and was awarded to NeuComm Solutions LLC.
The City of Boulder currently owns and operates a Land Mobile Radio (LMR) infrastructure that services both public safety and non-public safety users across the city. This infrastructure was first installed several decades ago and the city is encountering increasing issues with the performance of the infrastructure.
A radio infrastructure study, completed in 2016, identified near-term and longer-term improvements. The city proposes to upgrade infrastructure based on current public safety standards. This new infrastructure should help the city improve the performance of its LMR operations and enhance interoperability with partner agencies. It should also allow the city to more efficiently and effectively monitor and maintain the system. The city has determined that a digital system is the best solution for its needs based on current and evolving technology. This standard will help ensure that the city has a common operating platform that maximizes compatibility with vendor equipment and other LMR systems. These and other significant improvements are planned for 2018 that include tower consolidation and equipment upgrades to support system redundancy and reliability.
Total cost: approximately $6,000,000
Amount funded through CCS tax: $5,500,000
Why is the City of Boulder installing these towers?
The City of Boulder is upgrading its current Land Mobile Radio infrastructure that serves its Police, Fire, Public Works and Open Space Mountain Park staff uses to serve the community. These two proposed towers are a part of that upgrade. Once completed, five towers will support the entire system.
What will the towers be used for?
The primary purpose of these radio towers will be to support public safety functions. The new infrastructure enhances interoperability between agencies in and near Boulder County allowing emergency services staff to talk to each other via radio during an emergency.
How were the sites chosen?
The city selected the radio sites, by analyzing site coverage maps of the area to identify sites that provided the most coverage and overlap with other sites. City-owned sites were selected to ensure the security of the infrastructure. These studies also considered sites with the least visual and public impact.
How will the proposed towers look?
The radio antenna tower site will include an access road, halo grounding ring around the tower, electrical power, future data connectivity, radio equipment shelter and a 100-foot radio tower. The shelter and tower will be surrounded by a fence for security and the site will be monitored by cameras and other access control devices.
When will the proposed towers be completed?
The overall upgrade is expected to be completed by the end of 2020.
Is there a health risk?
Several federal agencies have studied and concluded there is no significant health risk. For more information:
FCC Technical Bulletins, https://www.fcc.gov/general/oet-bulletins-lineNo.65
American Cancer Society ( Search Cell Towers), https://www.cancer.org/
Where can I find the city's application to Boulder County?
You can review the city's Limited Impact Special Use Review Applications here:
For more information about this project, please contact Phil Kirmuss, at [email protected] or 303-441-1879.