Lowell Boulevard Project Updates

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June 16, 2017


The project is at full pace and there is a lot of activity throughout the project. The regular spring rain has been a challenge to work with but progress remains steady. The curb lines and base paving that will be the new southbound vehicle and bike lanes have been installed between the Paul Derda Rec Center and Westlake Drive. Work continues on the traffic signal fiber optic connections. The new Tom Frost Reservoir Parking Lot at Westlake Drive has begun and the old parking lot has been closed. During June the focus of activity shifts south of Misty Street and will Include the rebuilding of the Misty Street intersection. Misty Street access will be closed June 19 through June 22, weather depending.   


MISTY STREET ACCESS CLOSURE:  JUNE 19 - 22 


As a part of the Lowell Blvd Improvement Project, the City and County of Broomfield and contractor Concrete Works of Colorado (CWC), will be rebuilding and paving the Misty Street approach to Lowell Boulevard.

This work will require a Temporary ROAD CLOSURE of Misty Street at Lowell Blvd. (see map below)

ACCESS RESTRICTIONS
The homes and businesses east of the closure on Misty St., Misty Ct., Gold Ct., and Briarwood Dr., will need to utilize Trails Ave. and Briarwood Dr. when leaving and returning to the neighborhood. (see map below)
Road Closure and Detour signs will be placed on the roadway to inform drivers of alternate route information into and from the area.

Please use alternate routes and plan additional time for your commute.
Misty Street Detour Map:
Misty Street Detour Updated 6-5-17

TOM FROST PARKING LOT RELOCATION - JUNE 7 - 22
As part of the Lowell Blvd. improvement project, the Tom Frost parking lot at Lowell Blvd. is being moved to a new location just north of the existing location, at the intersection of Lowell Blvd. and Westlake Dr.
To accommodate construction, the original Tom Frost parking lot will close June 7, and the new Tom Frost parking lot will open June 22, weather depending.
See map below. To access trails, please park at PDRC, or County Commons.

Tom Frost Parking Lot Closure June 2017

What is coming up/what to expect:

Reconstruction of the Misty St. access will cause a full closure. Please see map above.

What has been completed:

  • Curb at the entrance to the Tom Frost Open Space parking lot.
  • Reconstruction of the Paul Derda Rec Center Main Entrance.
  • 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.

PLEASE NOTE:

 

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.

Commercial businesses
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.


BACKGROUND INFORMATION

Lowell North
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. 

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

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.