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March 17, 2017:
Residents at Lake Front at Broadlands:
As part of the Lowell Blvd. Improvement Project, the EAST ACCESS TO LOWELL BLVD. at Lake Front at Broadlands have the following restrictions. (see map below)
ACCESS RESTRICTIONS
*  Monday - Saturday 7:00am to 7:00pm - NO ACCESS for non-emergency vehicles.
*  Sundays and Holidays 7:00pm to 7:00am - Access limited to ENTRANCE ONLY
UNRESTRICTED ACCESS
*  The Primary entrance on W. 136th Avenue will remain open at all times
*  EMERGENCY VEHICLES - will have ACCESS at ALL TIMES
SCHEDULE
The work will begin Monday, March 20, 2017 and proceed until paved.
Access will re-open by Friday, March 31, 2017.



March 15, 2017:
During the month of February the general contractor, Concrete Works of Colorado (CWC), and Broomfield worked together to finalize construction planning, permitting, public notification and final coordination with the three major utility companies. Actual construction work began on March 6th. The road and concrete work is progressing along the west side of Lowell Blvd. from W. 136th South. A storm utility crew is working at different areas along the project primarily between Misty St. and Trails Ave., and at W. 136th and E. Midway. At each intersection crews are beginning to work on the underground portions of the traffic signals. Xcel Energy's contractor is installing new underground power lines on the west edge of the project from E. Midway to the Paul Derda Rec Center.

Broomfield and CWC are committed to minimizing the traffic disruptions but also progressing with the work as efficiently as possible in order to stick to the project schedule. The public can expect general traffic delays. All businesses and residential property directly accessing Lowell can expect access for themselves and their customers throughout the duration of the project.


CONSTRUCTION PROJECT ANNOUNCEMENT - FEBRUARY 28, 2017
 

Lowell North

INTRODUCTION


The City and County of Broomfield and contractor Concrete Works of Colorado (CWC) will start construction on the the Lowell Boulevard North Improvement Project in March. This project is the final of seven projects identified in the 2006 Internal Transportation Improvement Program plan.

The following major project elements will be constructed on or along Lowell Blvd. from East Midway to West 136th Avenue:
  • Construct a two-lane arterial roadway section with bike lanes and center raised landscaped median;
  • Provide dedicated turn lanes at the intersections where warranted;
  • Complete all missing curb, gutter and sidewalk;
  • Landscape the east side of road between curb and sidewalk;
  • Landscape the west side of road along open space with less formal native materials;
  • Bury any existing overhead utilities;
  • Install stand-alone streetlights; and
  • Relocate and expand the Tom Frost Parking Lot

SCHEDULE


The project work will be performed in several phases over a period of 18 months with an anticipatedLowell North graphic timeline completion date of September 2018. Here are the three major phases:

  • PHASE I (West side of Lowell & Tom Frost Parking Lot): Improve all drainage & utility, road & sidewalks, and traffic signal changes from 136th Ave. to East Midway. Anticipated completion OCTOBER 2017. 
  • PHASE II (East side of Lowell and Median): Improve all drainage & utility, road & sidewalks, and remaining traffic signal changes from 136th Ave. to East Midway. Includes the final surface paving & marking of the entire project. Anticipated completion JUNE 2018. 
  • PHASE III Complete all irrigation systems and landscaping for the entire project. Anticipated completion AUGUST 2018. 

Traffic restrictions and changes to traffic / pedestrian routes will be published via:


Lowell Project Webpage (this page you are currently viewing): Broomfield.org/Lowell
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Working Hours


The contractor may perform work anytime between 7 a.m. – 7 p.m. except for Sundays and Holidays.

Travel Time Delays


The project zone will post a lower speed limit for the safety of everyone, and during non-peak travel hours (9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. ) traffic flagging operations will be encountered. This may add up to eight minutes to travel time through the project.

Intersecting streets and business entrances will remain open during construction. Any short term access closures will be coordinated in advance with affected businesses and residents.

Click to view Concept Plans:
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Midway to PDRC South Entrance

PDRC South Entrance to Rabbit Mtn Rd/Trails Ave
Rabbit Mtn Rd/Trails Ave to W 136th Ave


LOWELL NORTH PROJECT 


Lowell North Project

Lowell North Project Description



The overall vision concept and need for the project was set by Council in the 2006 Internal Transportation Improvement Program plan. The 2006 project vision concept sketch and major project elements are shown above.

In 2008, a detailed scoping study and preliminary plan consistent with the 2006 concept was completed and contains these major project elements for Lowell Boulevard: 

• Construct a two-lane arterial roadway section with bike lanes and center raised landscaped median;
• Provide dedicated turn lanes at the intersections where warranted;
• Complete all missing curb, gutter and sidewalk;
• Landscape the east side of road between curb and sidewalk;
• Landscape the west side of the road along the Open Space with less 
formal native materials
• Bury any existing overhead utilities;
• Install stand-alone streetlights; and
• Relocate and expand the Tom Frost parking lot

In May 2011, the 2008 scoping plan was reevaluated based upon 2010 traffic data counts for each of the five signalized intersections within the project limit. Based upon this new data, adjustments were made to the forecasted traffic on Lowell to the year 2035. The analysis showed traffic would perform at optimum capacity or better through year 2035 except for the intersection at West 136th Avenue. Because of this analysis, the following improvement was added to the project scope:

Addition of a second southbound through lane starting 1,000 feet north of West 136th Avenue and extending past the West Metro Fire Station south of West 136th Avenue. 

The addition of a second southbound lane, as shown below, will improve the north and south operation of Lowell at West 136th Avenue through the 2035 design horizon. 

In February 2014, Council reviewed this project scope and awarded a consulting agreement to Merrick Engineering for final design and to prepare construction documents and plans for bidding.

In January 2017, after receiving bids from nine interested and qualified general contractors, Council awarded a construction contract to Concrete Works of Colorado (CWC). The contract, in addition to the Lowell road work, also includes relocation of the Tom Frost Reservoir parking lot, and completion of neighborhood entry signs and monuments for the Westlake neighborhoods. CWC will begin work in March. The many components of the project along the one mile corridor will be constructed over a 18 month period.

Lowell Through Lanes at 136th

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Comments or questions? Please email Noreen at ngardner@broomfield.org.