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W. 72nd Avenue Bond Project

The speed limit on W. 72nd Avenue is 25 mph. Please obey speed limits through the construction zone. Alternate routes are advised.

Week of March 27

Simms to Oak St.

  • Quail Street closure, north of W. 72nd Avenue, will be in place Saturday, April 1 to Monday April 3 for water line work. 
    • Water service shut-offs will be necessary in the area. Impacted residents will be notified. 
    • Residential access will be maintained. 
    • Please follow detour signs and use Simms Street to W. 74th Avenue for alternate access.
  • Residential driveway work continues on W. 72nd Ave. from Quail to Oak streets. 
  • Quail Street closure, north of W. 72nd Ave. to south of the Oberon Middle School entrance, from Saturday, April 15 to Monday, April 24 to connect a new water line and pave the road. ‚Äč
    • Water shut-offs will be necessary in the area. Impacted residents will be notified. 
    • Stay tuned for more information. 
  • Pedestrian access is available on the south side from Simms to Oak streets. Please use signalized intersections to cross W. 72nd Ave. 

Utilities

  • Utility companies will continue work east of Oak to Kipling streets for the foreseeable future, with an estimated completion date of July 2023—weather and supply chain-dependent.
    • Crews will be potholing for utilities between Swadley Court and Oak Street through the week. 

 

The project hotline is 720-314-8342. The email is w72ndavenue@gmail.com.


Pierson Court at W. 72nd Avenue is permanently closed. 

Please remember: no parking on W. 72 nd Ave., from Kipling to Simms streets, including inside the work zone closures on the shoulders.

Work will take place 7 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday. Construction activities are weather-dependent and subject-to-change.

Updates

The Public Works department presents to the City Council with updates about the bond projects at W. 72nd Avenue and Ralston Road. 

Project Background

  • In the November 6, 2018 election, Arvada residents approved Ballot Issue 3F for a bond issue to fund improvements to Ralston Road and W. 72nd Ave.
  • W. 72nd Ave. is a major east-west corridor for Arvada, serving 21,000 vehicle trips each day. This regional corridor provides access to Westminster and Golden/Jefferson County. 
  • The Citizens’ Capital Improvement Plan Committee (CCIPC) ranked improvements to W. 72nd Ave. as a high priority.
  • The project also meets concerns expressed in recent Arvada Citizen Surveys. 
  • The 2014 Comprehensive Plan generated transportation models indicating that the congestion, operation and safety of W. 72nd Ave. will deteriorate with the build-out of the City.

Why Improvement is Needed

  • West of Kipling St., W. 72nd Ave. shrinks abruptly from four lanes to two, creating a bottleneck.  
  • The at-grade Union Pacific Railroad crossing near Oak St. creates major traffic backups when a train passes through.  
  • The intermittent or absent sidewalks create unsafe conditions for pedestrians and cyclists. 

What the Project Entails

  • Widen W. 72nd Ave. between Kipling and Simms Streets to match the road east of Kipling, eliminating the bottleneck.  
  • Create an underpass at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing near Oak St. to eliminate traffic backups.
  • Add bike lanes and sidewalks.
  • Upgrade signalized intersections.
  • Resolve significant drainage issues along W. 72nd Ave.