CO 119 February 2022 Update: Coffman Street Busway, CO 119 Planning Projects

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The Coffman Street project is currently at 60% design completion and will be moving into the final design phase.

The Coffman Street 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 of Longmont.

Some of the project’s highlights include protected bike lanes for safe bicycle travel, transit for less congestion, parking for local businesses and sidewalks and trees for a walkable and vibrant community.

Based on technical design expertise and community feedback, the project team has made the following design changes to the Coffman Street Busway in the last few months:

  • Minor shortening of dedicated bus lanes between 3rd Avenue and 4th This space will be used for additional on-street parking
  • Narrowing of cross-street roadway widths, particularly at 4th Avenue and 5th Avenue to reduce the amount of time needed for pedestrians to cross the street
  • Utilization of protected bike intersections at 4th Avenue and Longs Peak Avenue
  • Reduction of number of transit stops from three northbound and three southbound stops to two northbound and two southbound stops
    • This will allow for potentially more parking, preservation of exisiting trees or landscaping in the old stop locations
    • This also has a benefit of reducing bus transit times through the corridor.

Additional opportunities for the public to provide comments will be on the Engage Longmont website.

To learn more about the project, visit the Coffman Street Busway webpage online.

Community Committee Guides Development of CO 119 Planning Projects

Boulder County, the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) and the Regional Transportation District (RTD) have established a joint Community Advisory Committee (CAC) for the Colorado Highway 119 corridor between Boulder and Longmont.

The committee is composed of 10 community members who live or work near the corridor and serves as a focus group for the development of Boulder’s Commuter Bikeway CDOT’s and RTD’s CO 119 Safety and Mobility Project. The committee ensures the projects are shaped by diverse voices from a variety of community member perspectives, including people of color, people with mobility challenges, people of all ages and abilities, people who rely upon transit, the strong and confident bike commuter and people interested in biking but who are uncomfortable biking on roads.

Boulder County put out a call for applicants for the committee in fall 2021 and received nearly 100 applications! Anticipating meeting eight times between fall 2021 and spring 2023, the CAC had its second meeting in late January where CDOT and RTD introduced the concept of queue bypass lanes. Queue bypass lanes are a roadway and traffic signal improvement that give buses the opportunity to jump ahead of general traffic at signalized intersections, making transit travel faster and more reliable. Look for more information on queue bypass lanes in future updates. Additionally, the CAC provided insightful recommendations for public outreach and integration of design elements between the projects. Boulder County, CDOT and RTD look forward to continuing to collaborate on project development and appreciate the benefits that come from coordinated engagement and planning.

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