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19th Street Multimodal Improvements Project

Project Update

The 19th Street Multimodal Improvements Project (Norwood - Yarmouth) will plan and design multimodal improvements on 19th Street from Norwood to Sumac Avenues and plan for future multimodal improvements on 19th Street from Sumac to Yarmouth avenues, with a focus on student travel. 

Community Engagement

The city held a second open house on Thursday, April 19, 2018, for the public to view project alternatives, provide feedback, and inform the selection of the preferred design. An online questionnaire was also open until May 15.

You may view the materials presented on April 19 here pdf.

View materials presented at the previous open house pdf.

Project Background

19th Street from Norwood to Sumac avenues is an important multi-modal travel corridor in north Boulder. Currently, there is an on-street bicycle lane and an existing sidewalk on the east side. These were constructed in the 1990s but the sidewalk no longer meets current city design standards. The on-street bicycle lane ends at Violet Avenue, but 19th Street is a designated bike route from Violet Ave north to Yarmouth Ave. On the west side of 19th Street, the sidewalk is not continuous from Yarmouth to Norwood avenues. 

Because of the mix of sidewalk conditions, 19th Street from Norwood to Yarmouth was given a high priority on the city's Missing Sidewalk Links program. The Missing Sidewalk Links program identifies, prioritizes and constructs missing sidewalk segments to provide a continuous pedestrian network and ensure a safe walking environment.

In 2014, the city submitted an application for federal funding to construct a 5 foot wide sidewalk, install curb and gutter on the east side and to complete the missing sidewalk links on the west side of this corridor. The project also received funding from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) Transportation Alternatives program (TAP) and the Federal Highway Administration's Safe Routes to School grant program for the estimated project costs.

The city is also planning improvements along Fourmile Canyon Creek to improve safety and accessibility to Crest View Elementary School by completing new transportation connections in the area and mitigating potential flood impacts from Fourmile Canyon Creek. The 19th Street and Fourmile project teams will coordinate efforts.

The Boulder Valley School District (BVSD) will begin planning and design for bond improvements to Crest View Elementary School in spring 2018. The city will coordinate with BVSD through planning and design on each of these projects. 

Community and Environmental Assessment Process 

During the city's annual capital improvements budgeting process, an interdepartmental team selected the 19th Street project to utilize the city’s Community and Environmental Assessment Process or CEAP.  The CEAP is a formal review process to consider the impacts of public development projects.The purpose of the CEAP is to assess potential impacts of conceptual project alternatives in order to inform the selection and refinement of a preferred alternative. The CEAP provides the opportunity to balance multiple community goals in the design of a capital project by assessing a project against the policies outlined in the Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan, the Transportation Master Plan, departmental master plans, and sub-community or area plans (if applicable). The CEAP also ensures that environmental, social and fiscal impacts of projects are minimized and to assure compliance with city policies, plans and regulations.  

The final CEAP for the 19th Street project will be reviewed and provided official recommendation by the City of Boulder CEAP Review Group, the city's Transportation Advisory Board and City Council.

Existing Conditions

Previous Public Engagement Events

  • The project team attended the Community Cycles Advocacy Committee meeting on February 5, 2018 to better understand their comments submitted through the "A Vision for 19th Street" report.

  • The project team participated in a WTS-Centennial Middle School Transit Study field trip with Centennial students on January 23, 2018 to better understand their perception and use of transit.  The field trip traveled from Centennial, along Norwood Avenue, to the transit stops at Norwood and 19th Street.  

  • The project team hosted two site walks on Wednesday, September 27, and Thursday, September 28, 2017 to learn more about the project area and gather ideas for multimodal improvements.  Read a summary of comment received from those who joined the site walks  here pdf.  Missed the site walk but have ideas to share?  Provide feedback here.

  • The project was featured at the May 22, 2017 North Boulder Public Works Open House. You can review materials pdf, provide feedback here, and review the draft summary of comments received from the public at the open house  here docx.

  • North Boulder Open House Meeting and Boulder Valley Comprehensive Plan (BVCP) Listening Session, Nov. 18, 2015 

Anticipated Project Schedule

2017 - 2nd Quarter 2018  - Public Engagement, Project Planning and Design

2nd Quarter - 4th Quarter 2018 - Final Design

2019 - Construction

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For information, contact: Melanie Sloan ● Transportation Division ● 303-441-4934 ● [email protected]

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