Capital Improvement Projects (CIP)
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.
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
Project TeamShawn Fetzer, Civil Engineer, firstname.lastname@example.org
Kevin Gingery, Senior Stormwater Engineer, email@example.com
Katie Guthrie, Principal City Planner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Wilson Avenue Flood Improvements
The 2013 Flood on the Big Thompson River closed every single river crossing from Estes Park to Greeley, splitting Loveland in half and effectively isolating much of Northern Colorado. Of all the river crossings, Wilson Avenue in Loveland was the last to over-top and the first to reopen. It is generally the highest road with the best existing bridge capacity and was the most cost effective crossing to improve in either Larimer or Weld County so that at least one crossing could remain open in a major flood event.
The City of Loveland was awarded a $2.74 million Community Development Block Grant – Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) grant to construct a large flood mitigation project that raises Wilson Avenue above the 100-year flood (1% annual chance) level. The State received 54 project applications for the limited CDBG-DR infrastructure grant funds. In a competitive selection process, only 11 projects were awarded a grant. The Wilson Avenue project received the largest funding award of the eleven and is one of the State’s highest priority flood resiliency projects.
The proposed $3.69 million project does not reduce the risk of flooding on the Big Thompson River, but it will mitigate the effects of that flooding. The primary benefit during a flood will be for emergency response. Emergency services (Fire, Police, EMS) and emergency responders from Public Works, Water & Power, and Parks departments will have access to infrastructure and residents on both sides of the river. During the 2013 Flood, this was not always possible and caused much difficulty. The project will benefit Loveland both north and south of the river, improve access to critical City facilities, and will provide a safe connection for all of Northern Colorado during another 2013 type flood event.
- Raise north and south roadway approaches to the Big Thompson river
- Add/improve sidewalks along the east side of Wilson Avenue
- Upgrade stormwater drainage system below Wilson Avenue
- Upgrade bike trail parking lot near Recycling Center entrance
- Add new street lighting to Wilson and the parking lot
- Add new landscaped center medians along the north portion of the project
- Construct flood resiliency measures to reduce infrastructure damage in a future flood
- Add stormwater quality treatment to better protect the water quality of the Big Thompson River
- Add/improve pedestrian trail access and parking north of the Big Thompson River bridge
- Improve vehicular, bicycle, and pedestrian safety through the project corridor
- Underground electric lines through the project corridor
The overall project's purpose is to raise the north and south approaches to the Wilson Avenue Bridge over the Big Thompson River in order to prevent over-topping and road closure up to a 100-year flood event.
Completion, April 2019
Chris Carlson, Civil Engineer, email@example.com
US 34 Widening - Denver Avenue to Centerry Parkway
US 34 is one of the primary roadways in Loveland, serving both the community and the region. Design is currently underway for the widening improvements for portions of the corridor from Denver Avenue to Centerra Parkway by the City and the Colorado Department of Transportation (CDOT) as City, State and Federal Funds have become available.
CDOT will be widening US 34 from west of Rocky Mountain Avenue to east of Centerra Parkway, adding a 3rd through lane in each direction as part of the I-25 Express project. This work includes widening the existing bridges over I-25 and improvements to the US 34 intersections at Rocky Mountain Avenue, the I-25 Ramps, and Centerra Parkway. Extensive coordination is underway between City Staff and CDOT to minimize overlap.
The project has been divided into several segments related to logical sections, the responsible party, source of the funding and when the funding is available as follows:
Denver Avenue to Boyd Lake Avenue – Westbound and Eastbound
Description of Work: An addition of 3rd travel lane in each direction; turn lane additions and extensions; improved bike lanes and/or additional sidewalk. Final design is in process.
Responsible Party: City of Loveland
Funding Sources: Street Capital Expansion Fees; General Fund; Council Special Projects Fund; Cash-in-Lieu Funds (collected from existing development along this section of US 34 for the portion of the ultimate street that would be equivalent in cost to a collector street (Collector Street Equivalent) adjacent to their property; and Federal Funds (Surface Transportation Block Grant through North Front Range Metropolitan Planning Organization)
Work Sequence: spring 2019 - October 2019
Traffic Impact: The majority of the work will be along the shoulders of existing the road for additional travel lanes and bike lane widening, and outside the roadway for sidewalks. Work is anticipated to maintain two travel lanes in each direction during most of construction.
Boyd Lake Avenue to Rocky Mountain Avenue – Westbound
Description of Work: The addition of 3rd travel lane; turn lane additions and extensions; improved bike lane and additional sidewalk. Design work is in the preliminary phase.
Responsible Party: City of Loveland
Funding Sources: Street Capital Expansion Fees; General Fund; Council Special Projects Fund; Cash-in-Lieu Funds (collected from existing development along this section of US 34 for the portion of the ultimate street that would be equivalent in cost to a collector street (Collector Street Equivalent) adjacent to their property); and Federal Funds (Surface Transportation Block Grant through NFRMPO)
Work Sequence: summer 2019 - October 2019
Traffic Impact: The majority of work is along the shoulder of the existing road for additional travel lane and bike lane widening, and outside the roadway for sidewalk. Work is anticipated to maintain two travel lanes in westbound direction during most of construction.
Boyd Lake Avenue to Rocky Mountain Avenue – Eastbound
Description of Work: An addition of 3rd travel lane; turn lane additions and extensions; improved bike lane and additional sidewalk
Responsible Party: City of Loveland
Funding Sources: Street Capital Expansion Fees; General Fund; Council Special Projects Fund; Improvements constructed by adjacent development associated with projects currently under review OR Cash-in-Lieu Funds (collected from existing development along this section of US 34 for the portion of the ultimate street that would be equivalent in cost to a collector street (Collector Street Equivalent) adjacent to their property); and future Federal Funds (Surface Transportation Block Grant through NFRMPO)
Work Sequence: spring 2021 - October 2021
Traffic Impact: The majority of the work is along the shoulder of the existing road for additional travel lane and bike lane widening, and outside the roadway for sidewalk. Work is anticipated to maintain two travel lanes in eastbound direction during majority of construction.
Rocky Mountain Avenue to Centerra Parkway – Westbound and Eastbound
Description of Work: The addition of a 3rd travel lane in each direction; turn lane additions and extensions
Responsible Party: CDOT (North I-25 Widening - Local Companion Project)
Funding Sources: City Contribution - Street Capital Expansion Fees; General Fund; and Council Special Projects Fund
Work Sequence: fall 2019 - summer 2020
Traffic Impact: CDOT is anticipating widening the road to the median while maintaining two travel lanes in each direction for as much of construction as possible. Final details are still being determined.
Dave Klockeman, Senior Civil Engineer, firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
- 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
BackgroundFrom 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.
PartnersVisual 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 TeamShelley Aschenbrenner, Staff Engineer, email@example.com
Katie Guthrie, Principal City Planner, firstname.lastname@example.org
Thompson School District Contact Mechelle Martz-Mayfield, Safe Routes to School Coordinator, Mechelle.Martz@thompsonschools.org