Broadway improvement project receives awards for collaboration and innovation

Published: Feb. 4, 2013

The City of Boulder’s Broadway (Euclid to 18th) Transportation Improvements Project has received two awards, one from the Colorado Chapter of the American Public Works Association (APWA) and another from the Colorado Chapter of the Women’s Transportation Seminar (WTS), in recognition of the city’s collaborative and innovative approach to the project. 

See a short video about the Broadway project innovations.

The APWA selected the Broadway project for its annual award in the “Streets and Traffic” category for medium-sized Colorado communities. The WTS designated the Broadway transportation improvements as “Colorado’s Big Project of the Year” for 2012 due to the city’s “innovative strategies, collaboration with several agencies and dedication to the transportation industry.”

“We are honored that the Colorado chapters of both the APWA and WTS recognize the extraordinary collaboration and innovation that made this project possible,” said Director of Public Works for Transportation Tracy Winfree. “We’d like to thank our project partners for their contributions to making this community vision a reality.”

A few examples include:

  • The new bus shelter that was recently installed (on the west side of Broadway) is equipped with self-contained solar panels.  These panels will generate enough energy to power the new traffic signals in the area, while pushing any residual energy back to the grid; and
  • The artwork in the underpass was done in collaboration with a University of Colorado (CU) graduate art program/artist in addition to artwork from a University Hill Elementary class.

The multimodal improvements project on Broadway between Euclid Avenue and 18th Street was completed in September 2012. The total project budget was $7.4 million, with $3.4 million in federal transportation funds. The local match for this project was composed of funding from the City of Boulder, the University of Colorado, Boulder County, RTD and Colorado Department of Transportation.

The Broadway multimodal improvements project:

  • constructed a new bicycle and pedestrian underpass beneath Broadway at Euclid Avenue;
  • expanded transit stops on either side of Broadway;
  • reconfigured the Broadway/Euclid/16th Street four-way intersection into two “T” intersections;
  • installed a new signalized intersection at Broadway and 18th Street and a signalized pedestrian crossing at Broadway and 17th Street;
  •  improved the Broadway multi-use path; and
  • integrated public art, urban design and landscaping into the surrounding area.