Capital Projects

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 8/8/18

Staff 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.

Project Objectives

  • 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

Project Schedule

  • Design and planning 2018
  • Construction 2019

Project Summary

Construction 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.

Project Components

  • 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

Background

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.

Partners

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, michelle.aschenbrenner@cityofloveland.org
Katie Guthrie, Principal City Planner, katie.guthrie@cityofloveland.org

Thompson School District Contact

Mechelle Martz-Mayfield, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Mechelle.Martz@thompsonschools.org