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!

Project Approved for U.S. Rep. Joe Neguse Member Designated Projects

The State Highway 119 and State Highway 52 intersection was recently selected as one of Congressman Joe Neguse’s Fiscal Year 2022 Member Designated Project.

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

The U.S. House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure announced earlier this month that the Committee will accept requests for Member Designated Projects to be included for inclusion in the upcoming surface transportation reauthorization legislation under a reformed process that includes new transparency measures.

Other projects include:

Learn more information about these projects online.

A Message from the Executive Director: April 2021

Earlier this month, Commuting Solutions along with local partner stakeholders in the SH 119 corridor project, applied for two Congressional Earmark Requests through Congressman Neguse. One request was for the SH 119/SH 52 future intersection, and the other was for pre-construction of the SH 119 Bikeway and two First and Final Mile connections for Niwot and Boulder.

Congressional earmark requests allow local jurisdictions to apply for federal funding, which Congress members have the ability to direct, a process that hasn’t been approved in many years.

This federal funding is important, and a major step for the SH 119 corridor project because this is a critical connection to Larimer and Weld Counties as well as Boulder County. Congestion, safety and a lack of mobility options negatively impact economic growth, air quality and the quality of life for the community.

The future of the SH 119 corridor vision calls for adding managed/express lanes, Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and a commuter bikeway. The anticipated cost of the project is $270 million, of which approximately $95 million is identified. Recognizing there is no one source of funding to complete the full buildout, we need to be vigilant in pursuing federal, state, regional and local funding as they become available.

One of the many strengths of our coalition is the ability to speak with one voice for the transportation needs of the northwest metro region. As funding for transportation is very constrained it is collaborations like this that set our region apart from those who are competing for the same limited dollars.

We will continue to keep you all updated about the funding opportunities that arise to continue this vital project for our region.

Cheers,

Audrey DeBarros

Commuting Solutions Executive Director

CO 119 Diagonal Highway Corridor Project – April 2021

SH 119 First and Final Mile Study LogoCommuting Solutions is currently looking for input on the draft report for the First and Final Mile Study for SH 119, between Boulder and Longmont. The study discusses recommendations that will consider how the stations vary across the corridor, bicycle and pedestrian connections, wayfinding signage, shared parking, microtransit and Transportation Demand Management strategies.

The open comment period will be open from April 19 through May 7.

To read the study, and comment, visit https://bit.ly/3cVz0hT.

CO 119 Storymap

Commuting Solutions is excited to produce and provide the CO 119 Storymap. The interactive story map allows users to read about different aspects of the CO 119 corridor project as well as visual aspects of the projects.

Visit the storymap online.

CO 119 in GunbarrelAlternatives Analysis

The initial analysis of the three alternatives for the SH 119 and SH 52 intersection using 2045 traffic volumes has been completed. Based on the level of service outcomes for the three alternatives, CDOT will determine which one CO 119 and SH 52 intersection alternative to move into the broader optimization of the corridor.

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

The three alternatives include:

  • Alternative 1: Single Intersection with 3 lanes on SH 119 at SH 52
  • Alternative 2: Split Intersection with 2 lanes on SH 119 at SH 52
  • Alternative 3: Split Intersection with 3 lanes on SH 119 at SH 52

CO 119 Safety and Mobility

The CO 119 Safety and Mobility project is underway to evaluate opportunities for improved safety and mobility along the Diagonal Highway from Foothills Parkway to Hover Street in Longmont.

Colorado Department of Transportation and the project team continue to advance survey work and environmental data collection in the corridor.

Over the next few months, the project team will start the subsurface utility investigation and data collection.  All current activities are necessary elements to support the corridor design work scheduled to initiate in the fall 2021.

CO 119 Diagonal Highway Corridor Project – March 2021 Updates

First and Final Mile Study:

Commuting Solutions is currently working with its consultants, Fehr & Peers, to put the finishing touches on a First and Final Mile Study recommendations draft, which will be available to the public next month.

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

The recommendations from the study will consider how the station 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 – in Gunbarrel only
  • Microtransit – in Gunbarrel only
  • Transportation Demand Management
  • New programs

A survey link will be created where participants can read through the recommendations and provide comments and feedback.

28th Street Improvement Project:

28th Street BAT Rendering ProjectThe Boulder 28th Street Improvement Project will take place from Canyon Boulevard to Iris Avenue. Currently, city staff will be briefing the Transportation Advisory Board on the status of this project’s design during a meeting on April 5.

Project construction is anticipated to begin in early 2022.

The 28th Street project will include adding a bus/bike/right-turn-only lane, completing gaps in the existing multi-use path, installing landscape buffers, improvements to pedestrian facilities, planting trees throughout the site, replacing traffic signals and storm drainage updates.

The virtual meeting can be attended by attending online.

SH 119 Safety and Mobility Improvements:

CDOT in collaboration with RTD and corridor stakeholders, recently initiated the SH 119 Safety and Mobility Improvement Project to evaluate safety and mobility improvements, highway capacity management strategies including intersection improvements, possible managed lanes, as well as multimodal improvements including, but not limited to, regional Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) and commuter bikeway integration with the SH 119 corridor.

CDOT has recently selected Commuting Solutions member Muller Engineering as the consultant to advance this project.

Highway improvement recommendations will derive from the Traffic Alternatives Study currently under evaluation by HPTE.

Transit facility improvements will advance in partnership with RTD. Early actions for this project include survey work in the corridor and environmental data collection.

The CO 119 and SH 52 intersection recommendations are anticipated by May.

Commuting Solutions Membership Meeting Logo

SH 119 Membership Meeting:

Commuting Solutions held its first CO 119 Membership Meeting of 2021 on March 9. More than 100 people registered for the event and gathered over Zoom to hear some updates regarding the SH 119 project, information from RTD and CDOT, as well as information about the Employee Trip Reduction Program.

To watch the meeting, visit our YouTube page.