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Two Big Projects. No New Taxes.

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On August 27, 2018 City Council voted unanimously (7- 0) to place an issue  (Ballot Issue 3F) on the November ballot asking citizens to allow bonding without ANY increase in taxes, in order to fund two major transportation improvement projects: Ralston Road and W. 72nd Ave. The Citizens Capital Improvement Plan Committee (CCIPC) has twice ranked Ralston Road improvements as the number one transportation priority and recommended it for funding to the City Council. Additionally the projects were both noted as areas of traffic congestion concern in past Citizen Surveys

A Telephone Townhall Meeting was conducted on August 8. The Arvada City Council responded to citizen questions regarding Arvada's Two Big Projects. No New Taxes. More than 800 citizens participated in the meeting. Listen to Arvada Conference Recording 08-08-18 (m4a, 60 Minutes)

Projects Overview

Ralston Road and W. 72nd Ave. are major east-west corridors each serving more than 20,000 vehicles a day. Both provide access to north-south routes including three State highways. Both provide access to major destinations including retail areas, recreation and schools. The 2014 update to the Comprehensive Plan generated transportation models indicating that the congestion, operation, and safety of Ralston Road and W. 72nd Ave. will deteriorate with the build-out of the City, and roadways will perform at the lowest levels of service.

 Ralston Road Project: Yukon St. to Garrison St.

Narrow lane width creates safety and capacity issues for vehicle traffic, and sidewalk conditions create safety issues for pedestrians. Cycling is prohibited. This project would include:   

  • Widening travel lanes to improve capacity and safety.
  • Rebuilding sidewalks to improve pedestrian safety and allow cycling.

Learn more about the Ralston Road Project.→

 W. 72nd Ave. Project: Kipling St. to Simms St.

Lane reduction just west of Kipling St. creates a bottleneck, which, along with the railroad crossing, causes extreme traffic congestion, especially during peak travel hours. Intermittent and absent sidewalks create significant pedestrian and cyclist safety concerns. This project would include:

  • Adding additional traffic lanes to reduce congestion and improve capacity and safety.
  • Creating an underpass at the Union Pacific Railroad crossing (near Oak St.) to prevent congestion and improve capacity and safety.
  • Adding bike lanes and sidewalks to improve pedestrian and cyclist safety.

Learn more about the W. 72nd Ave. Project.→

 Project Financials

How these two major transportation projects can be completed with No New Taxes. 

Learn about Project Financials.→

 Frequently Asked Questions

Do you have questions about the two projects or about financing them?

Get answers on our FAQ page.→


For questions about Two Big Projects. No New Taxes, please contact Maria VanderKolk, City of Arvada Communications Manager, 720-898-7507 or