In 2013, Commuting Solutions, in partnership with Boulder, Boulder County, Broomfield, Louisville, Superior and Westminster, began developing a branded identity for consistent wayfinding signage for the northwest metro region. The Wayfinding signage was part of nine corridor wide recommendations that were the result of the US 36 First & Final Mile Study.
Research has shown that consistent wayfinding signage:
- Encourages residents and visitors to navigate our region with ease, enhancing the connectivity and economic vitality of every community involved with the project.
- The branded signs enhance the regions identity, representing a united corridor that allows travelers to seamlessly travel throughout the northwest region. The signs re-enforce branding that has already been in place
- The new signage encourages multimodal travel throughout the region, with an emphasis in increasing equity and access to every mode our region has to offer.
The signs were installed along the corridor by E3 Signs, LLC in December 2018.
This project is a representation of the collaborative spirit and dedication by Commuting Solutions, Broomfield, Boulder, Boulder County, Louisville, Superior and Westminster to ensure the northwest metro region continues to be a hub of economic vitality and a pioneer of multimodal commute options.
Timeline of the US 36 Wayfinding Sign Project
The US 36 First & Final Mile Study identified a unified corridor-wide signage and wayfinding system as a key piece needed to strengthen the connection between modes.
Commuting Solutions partnered with communities throughout the northwest metro region to envision a corridor with uniform and consistent wayfinding signage.
The Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) Sustainable Communities Initiative (SCI) Northwest Corridor Bicycle and Pedestrian Accessibility Study recommended implementation of uniquely-branded wayfinding and signage system to be used at US 36 transit stations and along the US 36 Bikeway.
Corridor communities applied for and received a STAMP grant for the Northwest Corridor Wayfinding Implementation Plan and Commuting Solutions oversaw the grant implementation.
The Corridor Working Group (CWG) and project team undertook a nine-month project design process that included three CWG meetings, community partner agency one-on-one meetings, draft construction document review and implementation preparation.
In mid-November 2016, the first CWG meeting took place in Superior with a focus on kicking off the bicycle and pedestrian wayfinding implementation plan by meeting with corridor stakeholders to introduce the project, and workshop wayfinding implementation strategies.
In late February, the second CWG meeting took place in Superior with a focus on updating stakeholders on the wayfinding progress and approach and prepare communities for plan review and implementation.
In early June, the final CWG meeting took place in Superior with a focus on moving corridor communities into wayfinding implementation.
Communities and key stakeholders decided on and finalized a final design and brand for wayfinding signage.
The Fox Tuttle Hernandez design team, in partnership with each community, developed and finalized destinations to be included on wayfinding signage.
CWG and the project team sought out necessary permits for signage installation and finalized all design details of signs.
Communities sent out RFPs to hire one contractor to fabricate and install signs.
Contractor E3 Signs, LLC was selected by communities to fabricate and install the first phase of signs along the US 36 Corridor and throughout the northwest metro region.
E3 Signs, LLC installed the branded wayfinding signage along the US 36 corridor in December 2018.