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W. 72nd Avenue Bond Project

What's Happening Now 

Update for November 28, 2021: The utility trenching will continue next week. Crews will begin on the northeast corner of 72nd and Oak Streets and continue east to the railroad tracks. There will be no traffic impacts associated with this work. 

The south sidewalk on W. 72nd Avenue from Quail to Simms streets remains closed through January 2022 for Xcel's work installing the underground conduit. For their safety, we want to remind students from Oberon Middle School and Lincoln Academy to use the north sidewalk. Please do not walk in the street. 

Miller Street Closure: Pending permit approval, there will be a full closure of Miller Street at 72nd Avenue beginning Nov. 29 through Dec. 10 for utility work. The full closure will allow this work to be expedited to minimize impact to the neighborhood. 

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Important pedestrian safety tips for students and parents:

  • Always cross at a crosswalk

  • Stop at the curb before crossing the street

  • Look left, then right, then left again before crossing

  • Walk on sidewalks

  • If the sidewalk is closed use sidewalk detour

  • Do not enter construction zones

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

Project Delivery

The City will be using an alternate contracting method, called Construction Manager/General Contractor (CM/GC), to deliver this project. The CM/GC will be an integral part of the project team for the remainder of design and it is expected they will also perform construction services once the first design package is approved for construction. It is anticipated that project construction will be phased. 

Artist rendering of rail crossingProject Information

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.

On February 13, 2019 bonds were issued to provide funding for the 72nd Ave. and Ralston Road projects.

Over the next several months, the City's CM/GC contractor and utility companies will begin performing field work for utility relocation, and installation of new utilities. Coordination efforts will continue with land owners and other stakeholders, including the Union Pacific Railroad, Xcel Energy, etc.

What Makes the W. 72nd Ave. Project Important?

W. 72nd Ave. is an arterial parkway and a major east-west corridor for Arvada’s transportation network, serving 21,000 vehicle trips each day. It provides connectivity to major north-south corridors including three State Highways (SH-95/Sheridan Blvd., SH-121/Wadsworth Blvd., and SH-72/Indiana St). This regional corridor not only serves all of Arvada, it provides access to Westminster and Golden/Jefferson County. Major destinations served by W. 72nd Ave. include the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities, the Apex Center, West Woods Golf Club, Majestic View Nature Center, and regional shopping. Several school are also accessed via this corridor, including Oberon and North Arvada Middle Schools; Lincoln Academy; and Campbell, Van Arsdale, and West Woods Elementary Schools.

The Citizens’ Capital Improvement Plan Committee (CCIPC) twice ranked improvements to W. 72nd Ave. as a high priority. The project also meets concerns expressed in recent Arvada Citizen Surveys. And 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 and roadways will perform at the lowest levels of service.

Why W. 72nd Ave. Needs to Be Improved

  • 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.  

traffic congestion at 72nd and Kiplingintermittent sidewalks at 72nd and Kipling

 

 

 

 

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.
  • Add sidewalks for pedestrians.
  • Upgrade signalized intersections with the latest traffic signal equipment and technology.
  • Resolve significant drainage issues along W. 72nd Ave. 

This project required the taking of several properties in the vicinity of the railroad underpass. The City team has met with all affected property owners and will continue to be open and transparent about the process. As the project moves forward, affected property owners will be provided a fair market value for their property that is acquired.