Infrastructure improvements help maintain and/or improve our City assets. These projects can incorporate new construction, expansion, renovation or replacement of current infrastructure. Costs can include land, engineering, design, architectural planning, contract services needed to complete a project.
Safe Routes To School Bicycle And Pedestrian Safety Improvement Project
Project Update 8/8/18Staff was unable to bid and award the project for construction over summer break as originally planned due to funding delays. This delay would push the schedule into the start of the school year. The congestion around the school would make walking, biking, drop-off, pick-up during construction work unsafe and required more traffic control, which would increase costs.City staff will advertise for construction this winter and start the project in spring 2019, as soon as weather allows and will coordinated work from the outside project limits inward to coordinate final work with summer break of 2019.The City should see some cost savings by allowing the contractor more time to schedule the project and eliminating the extra methods needed for cold-weather construction and traffic control.
- Improve safety to increase the number of students walking and biking to Bill Reed
- Improved downtown pedestrian safety in general
- Partner with School District to educate and support the proper use of new facilities
- Separate school drop-off/pick-up vehicle flow from students walking or biking, providing a solution to congestion and safety concerns around Bill Reed Middle School
- Design and planning 2018
- Construction 2019
Project SummaryConstruction will start in summer of 2018 and last approximately 3 months. At $298,800, this is the single-largest grant awarded to the City of Loveland for a Safe Routes to School project. Six intersections will be improved or enhanced in various ways to improve safety for people, whether they are walking, biking or driving a car. While the improvements for this particular project targets students, families and staff at Bill Reed Middle School and Truscott Elementary School, the benefits of these improvements will be experienced by the greater community when visiting and accessing downtown Loveland.
- Enhancements to 6 intersections around Bill Reed
- New curb extensions with ADA compliant ramps
- Crosswalk added across 1st Street at Grant Avenue with (push button activated RRFB (rectangular rapid flash beacon and in-pavement crosswalk lighting)
- Right & left turn lanes at Harrison and 1st Street
- Conversion from 2-way to 4-way stop control at 4th and Harrison
- Centerline striping on Harrison and 4th Street adjacent to school property
From 2008 to 2017, the City of Loveland was awarded 11 Safe Routes to School (SRTS) grants from the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) totaling over $765,000. Of this funding, $107,000 went towards walking and biking education and encouragement, while over $660,000 went towards engineering and construction for infrastructure/capital projects. The cumulative impacts of SRTS grant funding in Loveland is substantial and has led to increased safety and improved biking and walking opportunities across our community.
Visual Arts Commission and local artist Sandi Nelson
Loveland Police Department – Traffic Unit
Loveland Integrated School of Arts (LISA) After-School Arts Academy
Bill Reed Middle School and Thompson School District (TSD)
Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT)
City Project Team
Shelley Aschenbrenner, Staff Engineer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Katie Guthrie, Principal City Planner, email@example.com
Thompson School District Contact
Mechelle Martz-Mayfield, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Mechelle.Martz@thompsonschools.org
37th Street Connection to US Highway 287
A new road and bridge over Dry Creek will be constructed just east of the signal at US Highway 287 and 37th Street. This project, called the 37th Street Connector Project will be built in tandem with a roundabout farther east at the intersection of Monroe and 37th Street. A portion of this corridor is under Larimer County jurisdiction and is identified as East County Road 24E. This project is a large-scale infrastructure project that will significantly improve connectivity and offer new options for east-west mobility.
Constructing the new road, bridge and roundabout will be combined with the Dry Creek channel and stormwater outfall improvement project. All of this work will be phased and coordinated to provide time and cost efficiencies, as well as limit impacts and disturbances to the adjacent properties. This type of project demonstrates how large scale infrastructure projects provide significant community benefits and are a wise and timely use of local public funds. Funding for the overall project comes from a combination of general fund and capital expansion fees.
Although the 37th Street right-of-way was originally shown on the 1981 Shadow Hills subdivision plat, the current configuration for 37th Street east of Highway 287 was approved with a re-plat of Shadow Hills in 1995. In 2008, conceptual plans were developed but shelved due to the economic downturn. The roadway project is in the City’s Transportation Master Plan and the stream/bank stabilization project is in the City’s Stormwater Master Drainage Plan. In response to our community’s continued population growth and increased traffic congestion, this project moved up on the Capital Improvement Project (CIP) list. Public outreach will begin mid 2018 with construction spanning 2019 and 2020.
- The new bridge over Dry Creek will be located east of the existing barricades near Walgreens. The new 37th Street segment will start at the bridge then continue east to where North Lincoln Avenue intersects with the existing 37th Street. The new complete street segment will include the bridge, two travel lanes, on-street bike lanes and attached/detached sidewalks.
- A single-lane roundabout at Monroe and 37th Street with detached sidewalks will increase safety and facilitate future traffic volumes.
- Dry Creek bank/stream stabilization will repair, stabilize and protect the Dry Creek channel between Lincoln Avenue and Highway 287 from erosion caused by both irrigation and stormwater.
- Improve connectivity and capacity of the City’s transportation network
- Increase intersection safety at the 37th Street, North Monroe Avenue and North Lincoln Avenue intersections
- Reduce vehicle travel time and emergency response times
- Increased east-west route options for all modes (people walking, biking or driving)
- Reduce out-of-direction travel and neighborhood cut-through traffic
- Evolve and improve public perception and expectations for large-scale infrastructure projects
- Design, Right of Way acquisition, utility coordination and tree removal Fall 2018 - Spring 2019
- Monroe/37th Street Roundabout, Stormwater Improvements near Lincoln Avenue Summer 2019
- Channel Improvements Fall 2019
- Bridge over Dry Creek Winter 2019
- 37th Street Road Improvements Early spring 2020