November 7, 2018... The unofficial results are in for the November 6, 2018 election. Based on the results at this point in time, Arvada residents have voted to approve Ballot Issue 3F, paving the way for Two Big Projects with No New Taxes. 66.2% of voters approved a bond issue, which will fund $79.8 million in improvements to Ralston Road and W. 72nd Ave.
W. 72nd Ave. Project: $64.5 million
W. 72nd Ave. between Kipling St. and Simms St. will be widened to match the width east of Kipling St., and an underpass will be constructed at the current at-grade Union Pacific Railroad crossing near Oak St. In addition to adding capacity, the project will also add bike lanes for cyclists and sidewalks for pedestrians to safely travel along the corridor. The W. 72nd Ave. project will also provide an opportunity to upgrade signalized intersections with the latest traffic signal equipment and technology to better coordinate the movement of people and goods.
Ralston Road Project: $15.3 million
Improvements to Ralston Road between Wadsworth Bypass and Kipling St. have long been a priority of the City Council and citizens. An extensive planning process established a vision for the corridor; transportation, land-use, and transit issues were studied in a public process and a conceptual engineering plan was developed. Several sections of the project have already been completed or are in progress:
- Garrison St. to Kipling St. are completed through the Arvada Urban Renewal Authority's redevelopment of the Ralston Creek North area (formerly the Arvada Plaza).
- Wadsworth Bypass to Yukon St. will be completed with grant funds.
The passage of 3F will allow for the final phase of improvements between Yukon and Garrison Streets. In total, the Ralston Road Project will improve this historic thoroughfare for pedestrians, drivers, and transit. Between Olde Town and the new Ralston Creek shopping areas, the project will widen Ralston Road travel lanes and rebuild sidewalks to standard widths to improve driver and pedestrian safety. It also provides some additional space for drivers needing to use the center turn lane to access businesses. The project will add aesthetic improvements, enhance pedestrian crossing locations, add medians and landscaping, and improve neighborhood connectivity to businesses and services along Ralston Road.
Significant engineering, design, and right-of-way acquisition work must be completed on both projects prior to beginning construction. It is anticipated that construction will not begin on either project until late 2020. In the meantime, updates will be provided on www.arvada.org. For more information, you may contact the City’s Engineering Division at 720-898-7640.
- by City Manager