What's Happening Now
Update for September 10, 2021: Xcel will be working on the gas line relocation from Simms to Quail in the next week. Overhead utility relocation will begin as soon as next week on the south side of 72nd, from Quail to Oak. This work is expected to take up to eight weeks pending weather and unforeseen circumstances.
Tree removal for some of the remaining trees is expected to take place on Sept. 21-23.
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 email@example.com.
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.
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.