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Broomfield had a soft opening this weekend for Midway Bridge — from West Midway Boulevard to Industrial Lane over the BNSF Railroad — which is now open to pedestrians and cyclists.
Construction, by Hudick (dba HEI Civil), is ongoing, but fencing and signage are installed to provide a safe crossing for trail users, according to a tweet from the City and County of Broomfield.
Work on the 12-feet wide and 217-feet long bridge began in October, according to the city’s website. Pieces arrived in February in five sections and took about a month to hold together. It was put in place by cranes, and in coordination with BNSF, on March 31.
Completion of the project is expected to improve pedestrian and bicycle access to the U.S. 36 Bikeway, Interlocken, and the Flatiron shopping district. A 90-foot trail connection from the intersection of Hoyt Street and West Midway Boulevard will connect to the bridge, according to the city’s website.
On the south side of the bridge, the trail will connect to Industrial Lane in the vicinity of the U.S. 36 underpass. The Industrial Lane crossing will include a Pedestrian Hybrid Beacon (PHB), or light, that can be activated by bikers and pedestrians, rumble strips and signage to alert drivers to the crossing.
State Highway 7
Broomfield City Council on Tuesday evening were updated on other major transportation projects, including those along State Highway 7.
Deputy City and County Manager Kevin Standbridge said PUD amendment presentation regarding the Baseline neighborhood, a 935-acre planned unit development in northeastern Broomfield, is expected to be heard over the next few weeks. It will be home to more than 6,000 residential units, 17.2 million square feet of commercial space, and 145 acres of open lands, according to the city.
With new developments moving forward in north Broomfield, particularly in the Palisade and Baseline neighborhoods, there are new demands on the transportation system serving that area, according to the city.
A $10 million SH-7 Preliminary & Environmental Engineering Project with CDOT for the corridor will begin in 2020, according to the transportation update. The project is funded with Denver Regional Council of Governments TIP regional and sub-regional funds, local government contributions and CDOT funding. This will provide additional right-of-way information and preliminary engineering in developing areas, according to council’s memo.
Transportation Manager Sarah Grant said no physical improvements are being made at this time and that the $10 million transportation improvement program is the initial stage.
Money is being spent on preliminary engineering work to set up communities to better understand what is entailed with those improvements and which ones need to be prioritized, Grant said, such as intersection segments that need immediate work. These studies will also provide better cost estimates, which will put Broomfield in a better position to secure funding moving forward.
“With $10 million, we felt we could get a jumpstart on a lot of different areas,” Grant said.
Broomfield is working on the corridor with Adams and Boulder counties and Thornton, Brighton, Erie, Lafayette and the City of Boulder. All the work that’s been going on over the past five years, including leakage studies, intersection studies and corridor studies, are now being pieced together in a really focused effort, she said.
Part of that is identifying critical improvements that need to be made immediately, Grant said, and set the city and county up for future funding.
While Broomfield is still in the initial stages, the city is finishing up the necessary intergovernmental agreements with CDOT and surrounding communities.
The State Highway 7 Corridor is being planned, and built, as a 29-mile corridor from Brighton to Boulder with additional general traffic lanes, Bus Rapid Transit, and a bicycle path, according to the city memo. It will connect established downtown areas of Brighton, Lafayette and Boulder with parcels in unincorporated areas of Adams and Boulder counties, Lafayette, Erie, Broomfield, Thornton, and the east side of Brighton, according to Commuting Solutions website.
The cross section of the corridor for State Highway 7 at I-25 will include three general purpose travel lanes in each direction, a Bus Rapid Transit lane outside of that, dedicated bicycle lanes and pedestrian and bicycle sidewalks and trails, according to the update. A BRT feasibility study, which was completed in 2018, provided general guidelines for spacing out the bike stations and other improvements.
Colorado Department of Transportation has committed to $500,000 to match $1 million from the Broomfield Urban Renewal Authority for a project total of $1.5 million to construct an additional lane on State Highway 7. That portion will extend from I-25 to the new Huron Street alignment, between the IKEA property and the Palisade neighborhood, which is at Palisade Parkway and State Highway 7.
“This will provide two-lanes in each direction from I-25 to the Huron Street alignment,” according to the memo.
The State Highway 7 and I-25 interchange is envisioned as a “Diverging Diamond Interchange” with a center median station, according to the city’s update, and will be the first of its kind in the country.
“It will connect two median transit stations on I-25 and SH-7 with a fully grade-separated pedestrian/cyclist mezzanine,” according to the update. “The project showcases innovation in multimodal transportation.”
Council has also committed $1.44 million of federal funding through the DRCOG Subregional Forum process to expand and modify service boundaries, destinations and operation hours for Broomfield and Interlocken FlexRide services, according to the update. The funding is over a four-year span, Grant said, and will be to increase operational hours during peak…