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Arapahoe Avenue Reconstruction

Arapahoe Avenue Reconstruction

Updates

Arapahoe Avenue, between Folsom and 15th streets, is in poor condition and in need of reconstruction. Construction began in late May 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in fall 2014.

For the latest construction and traffic information, visit www.boulderconezones.net and follow @boulderconezone on Twitter. To sign up for email updates, select the "Public Works News" link and mailing list.

If you have questions or comments about the Arapahoe Avenue Reconstruction project, select the "Comment on Arapahoe Avenue Reconstruction" link.

Access to Businesses

The following businesses along Arapahoe Avenue will remain open throughout construction and appreciate your continued business.

Auto Repair and Gas Lodging Restaurants Retail
  • Arapahoe Import Service
  • Arapahoe Motors
  • Rob's Village Conoco
  • Valero Corner Store #4058
  • Boulder Creek Quality Inn and Suites
  • Briar Rose Bed and Breakfast
  • Backcountry Pizza and Tap House
  • Jalino's Pizza
  • Naropa Cafe
  • Pita Pit 
  • Rincon del Sol 
  • SnarfBurger 
  • Subway 
  • Tibet Kitchen
  • Boulder Stained Glass Studios
  • ListenUp 
  • Rocky Mountain Anglers

The Boulder Farmers' Market will remain in its current location. Market attendees are encouraged to use other transportation options or to approach from Canyon Boulevard and park in the downtown parking garages.

Construction

There will be traffic and other construction impacts throughout the entire 18-month construction period. There will be three phases of construction, each with distinct traffic impacts. The most impactful work, in terms of traffic, will take place during the summers of 2013 and 2014 to take advantage of the general reduction in travelers during the summer months due to less school and university activity.

Phase 1: Completed Aug. 17, 2013
The first phase of the project completed:

  • reconstruction of Arapahoe Avenue between 15th and 17th streets into concrete, including underground utilities and extension of the existing student drop-off lane and multi-use path along the Boulder High School property on the south side of Arapahoe Avenue;
  • installation of a new gas main between 17th and 21st streets; and
  • installation of new storm sewers between 15th and 17th streets, and Folsom and 21st streets.

Phase 2: Aug. 17, 2013 through May 2014
Arapahoe Avenue is open to traffic in both directions through mid-May 2014. During off-peak daytime hours (8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.), sections of Arapahoe Avenue will be narrowed to one lane of alternating traffic. There will be some single-lane closures along short stretches of Arapahoe Avenue, but traffic flow will be maintained in both directions. The JUMP bus service is operating in both directions along Arapahoe Avenue. Phase 2 includes underground utility installation, irrigation relocation, and construction of curbs, gutters, driveways, and sidewalks.

Phase 3: Mid-May 2014 through mid-Aug. 2014
Arapahoe Avenue is scheduled to be reduced to one eastbound lane of traffic, with westbound traffic and the JUMP bus route detoured onto Canyon Boulevard. Businesses along Arapahoe Avenue will remain open and the Boulder Farmers’ Market will remain at its current location. Travelers are encouraged to bike or walk along the Boulder Creek Path, ride buses, or use Canyon Boulevard and the downtown parking garages if driving.

In September and October 2014, there will be finish work and landscaping that will have include daytime single-lane closures in both directions on Arapahoe Avenue. By fall 2014, Arapahoe Avenue is scheduled to be completely reconstructed into concrete between Folsom and 15th streets, along with additional enhancements.

Project Goals

Project improvements include:

  • reconstruction of Arapahoe Avenue into concrete from Folsom to 15th streets;
  • underground utility improvements, including storm sewer installation from Folsom to 15th streets;
  • reconstruction of deteriorated sidewalks and driveways, installation of ADA-compliant curb ramps and widening of sidewalks (where space allows);
  • minor urban design, landscaping and transit stop improvements (as funding allows); and
  • extension of the existing student drop-off area and multi-use path on the south side of Arapahoe Avenue along the Boulder High School property.

Project Funding

This project is funded by the 2011 voter-approved Capital Improvement Bond. Visit the Capital Improvement Bond Projects website to learn more.

Past Meetings

Public Open-house Meeting - Feb. 25, 2013
A public open-house meeting was held on Monday, Feb. 25, to share information about the proposed transportation improvements and the anticipated construction timeline, impacts, and traffic detours.

Public Open-house Meeting - June 21, 2012
A public open-house meeting was held on June 21, 2012 to share project information and get feedback on the project and construction.

Photo Gallery

The slideshow below shows the existing and previous condition of Arapahoe Avenue, between Folsom and 15th streets.

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See full photo set in the Photo Gallery

 

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