Bicycle/pedestrian trail part of overall US 36 project
(Aug 06, 2014)
The Colorado Department of Transportation’s U.S. 36 Managed Lanes Project, which has been under construction since July 2012, is an effort to provide multi-modal transportation options for users of this highly traveled corridor.
Naturally, the main focus and most easily visible component of the project is the addition of the “managed lanes” within the center portion of the highway. The cost to use these lanes will vary throughout the day (depending upon the level of traffic congestion within the corridor) in an effort to “manage” the number of vehicles within the tolled lanes and thus ensure a relatively congestion-free ride. Buses, vanpools and carpools of three or more passengers will be allowed to travel in the managed lanes without paying a toll.
Another, less obvious mode of transportation is the installation of a 12-foot wide, concrete bicycle and pedestrian trail that will generally parallel U.S. 36 from 80th Avenue in Westminster to, eventually, the Table Mesa Park-n-Ride on the south side of Boulder. The first phase of the project will reach the 88th Street alignment in Broomfield and should be completed in 2015. The second phase, which is anticipated to be completed in early 2016, will extend into Boulder.
To provide the most tranquil biking or walking experience possible on a path located in close proximity to a highway carrying 60,000 vehicles per day, the city allowed CDOT to divert the trail away from the travel lanes and into several city-owned open spaces adjacent to the U.S. 36 right-of-way. Also, the segment of the trail located between approximately 80th Avenue and 84th Avenue will be routed along sparsely used Turnpike Drive within the Westminster Hills subdivision as a shared use facility. Residents abutting this portion of Turnpike Drive overwhelmingly voted to welcome the on-street trail through their neighborhood in lieu of squeezing the trail between the highway and backyard fences.
Once the second phase of the U.S. 36 Managed Lanes Project is completed, this convenient route will allow safer travel for bicyclists between Boulder and downtown Denver by providing a direct link to the Little Dry Creek and Clear Creek trail systems.
For more information on the U.S. 36 Managed Lanes Project and the bicycle/pedestrian trail, contact Assistant City Engineer Dave Loseman at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 303-658-2125.