CO 119 January 2022 Update: CO 119 Safety & Mobility Project

CO 119 Safety & Mobility Project

Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and Regional Transportation District (RTD) are excited to move into the design phase of the Safety and Mobility Project.

Design work is focused on advancing the BRT/queue bypass lanes, intersection improvements, safety assessments, irrigation coordination, as well as working in coordination with the Boulder County Bikeway Project design.

CDOT and RTD will also join Boulder County in late January to discuss and present project updates to the Community Advisory Committee. Keep an eye out for the new CO 119 Safety and Mobility project webpage coming soon.

CO 119 November 2021 Update: Traffic Alternatives Study, CO 119 Bikeway Project

Traffic Alternatives Study

The High Performance Traffic Enterprise (HPTE) commissioned the Traffic Alternatives Study, a cost benefit analysis, to identify the transit priority improvement with the greatest benefit for the Colorado Highway 119 corridor from Boulder to Longmont based upon year 2045 conditions.

Alternatives included no-build, intersection improvements at CO 52, Hover, and Airport, three general purpose lanes, queue-jump lanes and tolled express lane options. The alternatives were scored based on how well they improve safety, maximize intersection and corridor-wide operational efficiency, maximize the number of people able to move through the corridor, improve transit travel times and improve connectivity to the bicycle and pedestrian network.

Current budget and cost considerations were also factored into the evaluation process.

The analysis showed that Intersection Improvements at CO 52, Hover, Airport and Queue-Jump Lanes provide the greatest benefit for safety and mobility through the year 2045.

These improvements will be implemented through CDOT’s and RTD’s Safety and Mobility Project, which will go into design before the end of the year.

 

CO 119 Bikeway Project

Boulder County has just completed the first public comment period for the CO 119 Diagonal Bikeway project. More than 1000 survey responses and 45 comment forms were received, and meeting attendees asked dozens of questions and comments during the virtual meeting.

The County 119 Bikeway webpage just posted an FAQ with responses to the most common comments and questions that were received.

For those who want more details on the proposed design of the bikeway, the Design Validation Memo includes the why and how we are refining the draft alignments presented in the Concept Plan.

We are now starting extensive field work that includes:

  • Map of utilities, trees, culverts, irrigation ditches. This will show what needs to be moved, redesigned or needs to be worked around.
  • If threatened or endangered wildlife species live or migrate through the project area
  • Noxious weed inventory
  • If there are any hazardous materials in the corridor
  • Historic resources
  • Soil sampling and groundwater measurements. This is important so the bikeway won’t sink, or buckle and underpasses won’t flood
  • Traffic study: this is important to design safe at- grade crossings are safe and utilize features such as bicycle detection and rapid flashing beacons and pedestrian medians

As soon as the field work is done the Boulder County Bikeway Project team will combine the information gathered with the guidance set in the Design Validation Memo for a more detailed alignment of the bikeway. We expect to have this completed in April and will again ask for your feedback, ideas, and questions.

In the meantime, feel free to continue to send in questions and comments using the comment form.

Message from the Executive Director: First and Final Mile Studies are Critical for Northwest Metro Region

Commuting Solutions recently released the CO 119 First and Final Mile Study, which is a big accomplishment! We’ve been working with our partners and stakeholders for more than a year to provide phased recommendations to make CO 119, from Boulder to Longmont, a safe and comfortable corridor to walk, bicycle and take public transit on.

The first and final miles of a transit trip is often the hardest miles to complete, especially in suburban communities that were originally designed for cars.

The CO 119 First and Final Mile Study is our second First and Final Mile Study that Commuting Solutions has put together, the first being for US 36.

These reports are critical because both corridors are essential regional corridors that provide important connections to multiple locations as well as to a number of key destinations.

The study provides recommendations regarding wayfinding signage, low-stress bicycle and pedestrian connections, shared parking, small shuttles, Transportation Demand Management (TDM) and new programs.

As the CDOT, RTD and local government partners proceed with the design of the corridor, safe and reliable connections to businesses and neighborhoods are important to foster use of transit and bicycling in the corridor.

The study provides a roadmap for how we can achieve that connected future and enables our partners to integrate the recommendations into the corridor’s future design and funding.

As Boulder County and surrounding areas grow, we need to improve the infrastructure to ensure that there are additional options and safe ways to travel. We’re excited and motivated to begin to work with our partners to put forth the recommendations and make CO 119 a safe and comfortable place for people to walk, bike and access public transit

We invite you to read the study in full on our webpage!

CO 119 October 2021 Update: Coffman Street Busway and CO 119 First and Final Mile Study

Coffman Street Busway Project

The City of Longmont recently held an in-person open house for the Coffman Street Busway project.

The Coffman Street Busway Project seeks to make Coffman Street, from 1st Avenue to 9th Avenue, a multimodal corridor to support residents, businesses, visitors, bikes and pedestrians.

The project will include protected bike lanes, transit for less congestion, convenient commutes and the environment, parking for local businesses and sidewalks and trees for a walkable and vibrant community.

Approximately 65 members of the public joined project team staff to discuss the preferred alternative for the Coffman Street Busway. The event fully conformed with the Boulder County health orders requiring masks indoors.

The alternative that the project team was sharing with the public, and moves forward into design, was heavily influenced by previous public comment in more targeted, block-by-block in-person meetings. This alternative includes a side-running bus lane option that occasionally mixes with general traffic in low volume sections of the corridor where there are no bus stops.

The materials for the open house can be viewed by visiting engage.longmontcolorado.gov/coffman-street.

 

CO 119 First and Final Mile Study Released

Commuting Solutions has released the CO 119 First and Final Mile Study.

The CO 119 First and Final Mile Study provides phased recommendations for safe and comfortable walking, bicycling, smaller shuttles and driving connections to existing and future transit stops and Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) stations, as well as to a future commuter bikeway along the Diagonal Highway, between Boulder and Longmont.

The First and Final Mile gap is a barrier that discourages potential riders from using transit because a person’s beginning or ending trip cannot be easily and comfortably accessed from home, work or other destinations. This barrier can include trip distances, street network and design, a lack of available transportation options or other impediments.

These recommendations consider how the BRT stations areas vary across the corridor-by land use, transit user, trip types and the surrounding street network. Recommendations include low-stress bicycle and pedestrian linkages, wayfinding signage, shared parking, smaller shuttles and Transportation Demand Management (TDM) strategies.

The CO 119 First and Final Mile Study is a partnership between Commuting Solutions, Boulder County, the City of Boulder and the City of Longmont.

The full report can be read on Commuting Solutions’ website.

CO 119 Corridor Project September 2021 Update: Bikeway Project, 28th Street Improvements, Coffman Street

CO 119 Corridor Project

Boulder County released its video about the CO 119 corridor project!

Conceptual View of the SH 119 Bikeway

CO 119 Bikeway Project

Boulder County recently held a virtual public meeting to discuss the conceptual design for the CO 119 Bikeway.

The CO 119 Bikeway will run between Boulder and Longmont and optimize regional mobility by providing multimodal bicycle and pedestrian improvements.

The bikeway will provide a year-round safe, direct, accessible and comfortable bike facility with seamless connections to transit, neighborhoods, businesses and local walking and bicycling paths.

The vision for the bikeway was first conceived in the Northwest Area Mobility Study and later studied in the 2019 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL).

A recording of the meeting is available on Boulder County’s website.

A survey for public input is available both in English and Spanish on Boulder County’s website and will be available through Sept. 27.

For more information on the project, visit Boulder County’s webpage.

28th Street Improvements28th Street Bus Access Transit Rendering

Boulder city staff held two project information meetings in August to discuss the 28th Street Improvement Project.

28th Street is a state highway and a gateway to Boulder for employees, visitors, students and residents.

Corridor planning began in the early 2000s with a cutting-edge Complete Streets design, which has since evolved to sync with other regional projects and the community’s future transportation needs.

Improvements from Iris to Canyon will begin in 2022.

A recording from the meeting can be found on the City of Boulder’s project website.

SH 119 First and Final Mile Study Logo

CO 119 First and Final Mile Study

The CO 119 First and Final Mile Study will be released to the public within the next month!

The CO 119 First and Final Mile Study will provide phased recommendations for safe and comfortable multimodal connections to existing and future transit stops/stations, as well as to a more direct bikeway along CO 119.

These recommendations will consider how the stations areas vary across the corridor—by land use, transit user and trip types and the surrounding street network. Recommendations will include:

  • Low-stress bicycle and pedestrian connections
  • Way-finding signage
  • Shared parking (Gunbarrel station only)
  • Microtransit (Gunbarrel station only)
  • Transportation Demand Management
  • New programs

A consultant team, led by Fehr & Peers, conducted a planning study to create corridor-wide recommendations for bicycle and pedestrian connections, shared parking and microtransit.

Spine Road Improvements

Implementing the First and Final Mile Study

The City of Boulder’s Vision Zero Innovation Program installed low-cost, quick-build treatments at two existing pedestrian crossings on Spine Road east and west of Chaparral, as recommended in the CO 119 First and Final Mile Study.

The treatments include both curb extensions and median islands created from paint and posts. The intent of these installations is to reduce vehicle speeds and increase pedestrian crossing comfort.

Coffman Street Busway Project

The City of Longmont is hosting a public meeting for the Coffman Street Busway Project in Downtown Longmont on Sept. 27.

The Coffman Street Busway Project seeks to make Coffman Street, from 1st Avenue to 9th Avenue, multimodal corridor to support residents, businesses, visitors, bikes and pedestrians.

The project will include protected bike lanes, transit for less congestion, convenient commutes and the environment, parking for local businesses and sidewalks and trees for a walkable and vibrant community.

The open house will feature post stations where attendees can learn about the project and the new community vision for Coffman Street including transit and bike lanes.

Attendees will have the opportunity to submit feedback on corridor characteristics as well as discuss the CO 119 project with staff from RTD and Boulder County.

The meeting will be at the St. Vrain, located at 635 3rd Avenue, from 4 to 6 p.m.

To learn more, visit the City of Longmont’s webpage.

CO Highway 119 Corridor Project August 2021 Update: Bikeway, 28th Street Improvements

28th Street Improvements Project

The City of Boulder will host two virtual meetings this month to provide updates on the project design objectives and intended benefits, integration with the CO 119 Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) project and implementation timeline.

28th Street is a state highway and a gateway to Boulder for employees, visitors, students and residents. Corridor planning began in the early 2000s with a Complete Streets design which has since evolved to sync with other regional projects and the community’s current and future transportation needs.

The Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) is resurfacing portions of 28th Street/US 36 through September.

Once the 28th Street Improvements Project is completed, from iris to Canyon, 28th Street from Baseline Road to Iris Avenue will be transformed into a multimodal corridor with a consistent design that delivers transportation, safety, aesthetic and economic enhancements.

The City’s meetings will be held on Aug. 25 from noon to 1 p.m. and Aug. 26 from 6 to 7 p.m. virtually. There will be an opportunity for those who attend to ask questions following the presentation.

For more information, and to register for the meetings, visit the City of Boulder’s project website.

CO 119 Bikeway Project

Boulder County will host a virtual meeting with the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) to provide a presentation on the CO 119 Bikeway Project on Aug. 30.

The CO 119 Bikeway Project is a planned off-street, multi-use paved path along CO 119 between Boulder and Longmont.

The CO 119 Bikeway will provide a year-round, safe, direct, accessible and comfortable bike facility with seamless connections to transit, neighborhoods, businesses and local walking and bicycling paths.

The vision for the bikeway was first created in the Northwest Area Mobility Study and later studied in the 2019 Planning and Environmental Linkages (PEL).

During the meeting, CDOT will provide an overview of other projects along the corridor and Boulder County’s Community Planning & Permitting Department will discuss the conceptual design of the bikeway and potential connections at the north and south ends of the projects. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions and provide feedback on the design concepts.

The meeting will be recorded for those who may not be able to attend.

For more information, and to register for the meeting, visit Boulder County’s project website.

Alternatives Analysis

Traffic modeling and work done through the Traffic Alternative Analysis Study is ongoing.

The Alternatives Analysis looks at proposed alternatives for the CO 119 Express Lanes and will select a preferred alternative to perform a future year traffic and toll revenue analysis.

In July, Colorado Department of Transportation received initial results from the transit slip lane and third general purpose lane modeling and discussed it with the CO 119 project teams. Traffic modeling for the three express lanes alternatives will be reviewed by the by mid-month.

The final report for the CO 119 Alternatives Analysis Study, including traffic and safety analysis recommendations, as well as life cycles for each alternative, is expected by mid-October.

CO 119 Corridor Project July 2021 Updates: Coffman Street Busway; CO 119 & Hover

Coffman Street Busway Project

The City of Longmont just finished block-by-block outreach efforts along the Coffman Street Busway corridor.

The Coffman Street Busway project seeks to make Coffman Street, from 1st Avenue to 9th Avenue, a multimodal corridor to support residents, businesses, visitors, bikes and pedestrians, commuters, the environment and the City.

Meetings were held with property and business owners from 1st Avenue to 9th Avenue along the Coffman corridor, and helped the project team gain insight about elements of the busway, bikeway and pedestrian improvements.

Information gathered from input included critical improvements as well as insight about keeping the historic street character of the corridor intact through the design process.

After additional discussions with the external partners, the project team will have a preferred alternative set in the next month. An open house will be scheduled later this summer to help launch the preliminary design to the public.

To learn more, visit the City of Longmont’s website.

SH 119 & Hover

The City of Longmont, along with Commuting Solutions and regional partners, submitted a RAISE Grant.

The RAISE Grant is a U.S. Department of Transportation funded grant, formerly known as a BUILD Grant, which if funded will help improve mobility along the SH 119 corridor at the SH 119 and Hover Street intersection.

The intersection at SH 119 and Hover Street in Longmont accommodates more of the traveling public than any of the other intersections along the SH 119 corridor between Longmont and Boulder. This intersection has long been known for its precarious, hairpin-like turn movements, poor transit and pedestrian and bicycle access.

For more information, visit the Application Website.

CO 119 & SH 52 Project Funding to be discussed by the House Committee on Transportation & Infrastructure Committee

The CO Highway 119 and State Highway 52 intersection project, which was selected as one of Congressman Joe Neguse’s Fiscal Year 2022 Designated Project, will be discussed by the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.

Commuting Solutions and the Northwest Mayors & Commissioners Coalition submitted a $5 million request which would complete the funding needed to reconstruct this important safety project in the CO 119 corridor.

Earlier this month, the Chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure Peter DeFazio released an amendment in a substitute to the INVEST in America Act, a $547 billion surface transportation reauthorization bill, which includes the Designated Projects.

The Committee included 1,473 Member Designated Projects at a total cost of $5.7 billion.

Northwest Mayors & Commissioners Coalition, Commuting Solutions, Partners Submit Funding Request for CO 119 Project

The Northwest Mayors and Commissioners Coalition along with Commuting Solutions and regional partners recently submitted a $2 million request for a Congressional Designated Spending Project for State Highway 119 to Senators Michael Bennet and John Hickenlooper.

The funding, if approved, would help complete two important First and Final Mile connections in Boulder and Niwot, pre-construction work for the commuter bikeway and gap funding to complete the remaining elements of the City of Longmont’s 1st and Main Street transit station improvements.

CO Highway 119 Corridor Project: May 2021 Updates

SH 119 First and Final Mile Study LogoCO 119 First and Final Mile Study

Earlier this month, Commuting Solutions completed the open comment period for the CO 119 First and Final Mile Study Draft Report.

The First and Final Mile Study discusses recommendations for SH 119 between Longmont and Boulder, and will consider how the stations vary across the corridor, bicycle and pedestrian connections, wayfinding signage, shared parking, microtransit and Transportation Demand Management strategies.

Conceptual Image of Coffman StreetCoffman Street Busway

The City of Longmont is moving forward on the Coffman Street Busway project with the technical evaluation of four alternatives.

The City of Longmont Coffman Street Busway project will transform Coffman Street into a multimodal street and be safe for all users. There will be wider sidewalks, protected bike lanes, on-street parking, one travel lane running in both directions and a center-running bus lane.

The next step is to evaluate four alternatives against specific criteria based on the project’s Guiding Principles. The project team will aim to pare down the alternatives to one or two preferred options to share with the public this summer.

The result would determine one option to move forward with the final design in early 2022, and construction to be completed in 2023.

At the same time, the City of Longmont will be finalizing the Regional Transportation District’s (RTD) Infrastructure Master Plan (IMP) and completing an Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) between the City of Longmont and RTD on the 1st and Main Transit Hub.

Once complete, this project can move onto assembling land for the eventual construction of the multi-story parking garage with a 12-bay bus station on the street level.

Visit the City of Longmont’s website for more information on the project.

28th Street Bus Rapid Transit Rendering28th Street Improvement Project

City of Boulder staff are modifying the 28th Street Improvements Project lane design to be a Bus Access Transit lane. In the early 2000s, a Bike-Business-Access Transit lane emerged as the preferred design option through public engagement. However, in keeping with recent best practices identified in the research, staff has decided to modify the design and remove the striping for bicyclists.

Once the 28th Street Improvements Project is completed, 28th Street from Baseline Road to Iris Avenue will be transformed into a multimodal corridor with a consistent design that delivers transportation, safety, aesthetic and economic enhancements.

Per the State of Colorado laws, bikes can legally still use the lane, but will not be actively encouraged to do so.

This design will provide a low-stress option and continuous facility along the corridor.

Visit the City of Boulder’s website for more information on the project.

Register for the June 8 CO 119 Membership Meeting!

June 8 SH 119 Membership Meeting LogoJune 8, 2021 | 9-10:30 a.m.
Virtual, Zoom

Register today to hear from leaders shaping the future of this important corridor between Boulder and Longmont.

Register today!