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May 18, 2017
The Exit Lane to PDRC is complete!
PDRC: The Entrance Lane to PDRC will be closed May 22 to May 25.
Please access PDRC via the South entrance or from the West via Broomfield County Commons Drive. See map below.
Avoid being late to your favorite fitness class, program, or event by adding 5-8 minutes to your commute.
MISTY STREET: Full closure of the Misty St. access will occur June 5 to June 9th.
Please follow the detour to Trails Ave. for access to Lowell Blvd. See map below.
OPEN SPACE PARKING LOT:
The curb that runs directly in front of the parking lot for access to Tom Frost will be poured early next week. A cut out will be provided to maintain access to the parking lot until the new Tom Frost parking lot is built. See map below.
PDRC Access Map:
Misty Street Detour Map:
Open Space Parking Lot Map:
May 9, 2017
Construction continues around the Paul Derda Recreation Center!
What is coming up/what to expect:
- The continued reconstruction of the Paul Derda Rec Center Main entrance. The Main entrance from Lowell at the intersection will be rebuilt ½ at a time.
- Sidewalk work on the East side of Lowell between 136th and Trails Ave.
- Road widening work on the West side of Lowell from Paul Derda Rec Center to East Midway.
- New median will begin to go in between Trails Ave. at Westlake and W. 136th.
- All the Curbing Sidewalk and pedestrian ramps W. 136th to W. 135th.
- The new curb on the East side of the road from W. 136th and Misty Street
- Completed reconstruction of the Fire House Driveway.
- All of the West side curb from PDRC to Trails Avenue including the PDRC south entrance and the entrances to the Old Broomfield School House.
- Xcel Energy has completed all the underground work and is ready to remove the overhead power lines from East Midway to Westlake Drive.
Be sure to add 5-8 minutes to your commute if you use Lowell Blvd.
Please plan on adding an extra 5-8 minutes to your trip if using Lowell Blvd between E Midway Blvd and W 136th Ave during construction.
Temporary lane closures, flagging and traffic back-ups should be expected through the summer while improvements to overhead utilities, expansion of the Tom Frost parking lot and added sidewalks, turn lanes and landscaping come to Lowell Blvd North.
Construction zone work hours are anytime between 7 a.m. – 7 p.m., except for Sundays and Holidays.
AREAS OF INTEREST
Paul Derda Rec Center (PDRC)
Please plan on adding an extra 5-8 minutes to your trip as temporary lane closures, flagging and traffic back-ups should be expected through the summer.
Tom Frost Parking lot relocation
The existing Tom Frost Parking lot will remain open at all times. The new Tom Frost Parking lot construction is pending the completion of Xcel's work in this area, which is anticipated to take at least six weeks, so the work focus will continue to be on the north end of the project until late May at the earliest.
There has been minor non-invasive work occurring along these properties with no access restricting activities. Things should remain this way through April and early May.
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
The project work will be performed in several phases over a period of 18 months with an anticipated 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.
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 OVERVIEW
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.
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