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Neighborhood Speed Management Program

Neighborhood Speed Management Program

What is the NSMP?

The city's Neighborhood Speed Management Program (NSMP) implements engineering, education and enforcement to slow speeding traffic on residential streets. 

Final Simple Project List from the 2018 Application Cycle

On Dec. 10, 2018, the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) held a public hearing for applicants and residents to speak about individual NSMP projects. Following the public hearing and a staff presentation, TAB recommended a final simple project list pdf. All six locations on the simple project list will receive speed humps in 2019. Staff will review proposed speed hump (and sign) locations with residents at a neighborhood forum in February 2019.

Preliminary Complex Project List from the 2018 Application Cycle

On Oct. 8, 2018, staff presented a preliminary ranked complex project list to TAB. These project applications were submitted to city staff between October 2017 and April 27, 2018. Prior to the Dec. 10 TAB meeting, staff found that several project locations needed to be rescored due to incorrectly listed speed limits. Staff will post the rescored preliminary ranked complex project list when it is available.

Because of this development, TAB will hold a second public hearing for applicants and residents to speak about complex projects on Feb. 11, 2019. Following that public hearing and a staff presentation, TAB will consider a recommendation to finalize the complex project list and proceed with project development. Staff will conduct planning for at least two complex projects in 2019 and then build the projects in 2020.  

How to Apply

City staff accepts NSMP applications year-round and evaluates them on an annual basis. The next deadline for application evaluation is May 3, 2019. Please use the links on the upper right-hand corner of the page to access the online application and neighborhood petition.

Here are a few key pointers:

  • Only residential and collector streets are eligible for participation in the program.  Eligible streets are in black and blue on the City of Boulder Street Classifications map.

  • All applications requesting engineering treatments (such as speed humps and traffic circles) must include a neighborhood petition pdf with signatures from 20 neighbors or 30 percent of households on the same block, whichever is less.

  • Staff will review and rank applications requesting engineering treatments based on the criteria laid out in the NSMP final guidelines pdf. All applicants will be notified of the ranking. Staff will then present a list of prioritized projects to the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) for review.

  • Projects with engineering treatments will be categorized as "simple" or "complex."

    • Simple projects are those that are expected to have a localized impact on reducing speeds, address speeding issues on a short segment of a non-critical emergency response route and have little effect on traffic diversion. They are also anticipated to cost less than or around $10,000. Simple projects will be implemented by staff after a recommendation by the Transportation Advisory Board.

    • Complex projects may include impacts to neighboring streets or other travel modes, be located on a designated critical emergency response route and cost more than $10,000. Complex projects must receive a recommendation to proceed from the Transportation Advisory Board and must also be approved by City Council.

  • All applicants are eligible to receive educational materials and enforcement in their neighborhood.

You can read the final guidelines  pdf and review public feedback pdf about the guidelines from the June TAB meeting. You can also view higher resolution versions of the Critical Emergency Response Routes pdf (Attachment A) and City of Boulder Street Classifications map (Attachment B).

You can also sign up for NSMP Email Alerts.

Application Status

If you’ve applied for the NSMP and would like to know the status of your application, look below for the date you submitted your application to find out its status. 

  • If you submitted an application by Nov. 24, 2017and staff categorized your project as a simple project, your application has been reviewed and the evaluation completed. Staff has installed most of the approved projects pdf and will complete all projects by mid-2019. 

  • If you submitted an application by Nov. 24, 2017, and staff categorized your project as a complex project, your application is currently being evaluated with applications submitted before the April 27, 2018 deadline. Staff will present a preliminary ranked list of complex projects to the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) on December 10, 2018. There will be a public hearing during the TAB meeting during which applicants and residents can speak about the proposed complex project locations. After the public hearing and staff presentation, TAB will make a recommendation on finalizing the project list. 

  • If you submitted an application by April 27, 2018, your application is currently being evaluated. Staff will present two preliminary ranked lists of complex and simple projects to the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) on December 10, 2018. There will be a public hearing during the TAB meeting during which applicants and residents can speak about the proposed complex and simple project locations. After the public hearing and staff presentation, TAB will make a recommendation on finalizing the two project lists. 

  • If you submitted an application after April 27, 2018, staff will evaluate your application beginning in May 2019. 

Staff emails regular updates to all applicants with updates on the program and what to expect in the coming months. If you have not been receiving updates, please

2018 Speed Hump Projects

Twelve projects were considered for implementation in 2018. To view the projects and how they were selected for consideration, see the neighborhood forum meeting materials pdf.

Staff held two neighborhood forums on May 24 and 29 for residents to discuss 12 simple project pdf proposals with staff. Staff also presented traffic calming concepts and neighborhood feedback to the Transportation Advisory Board (TAB) at a public hearing on June 11.

Based on neighborhood feedback, TAB made a recommendation to move forward with 11 projects and asked for a new petition for the project proposed for Augusta Drive. Additionally, the speed hump on Edinboro Drive has been postponed based on neighborhood feedback. The 2018 NSMP project map pdf shows the 10 current project locations.

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