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Public Works

C-470 Trail & University Blvd Pedestrian Grade Separation Project

Planning/Design

Budget

Estimated Total Cost = $6.4 Million

Project Manager

Ben Pierce, P.E.
[email protected]

303-660-7490

Partners

  • CDOT

Project Update

Douglas County and CDOT are partnering on advancing the construction of the C-470 Trail & University Blvd. Pedestrian Grade Separation Project. The objective of the project is to construct a bridge to carry bicyclists and pedestrians that utilize the C-470 Trail over University Blvd. (Colorado State Highway 177). The proposed bridge will replace the existing at-grade intersection configuration, which currently requires users to make four separate roadway crossings totaling eight (8) lanes of traffic, thus improving safety and user experience on this regional multi-modal trail.

This project will begin construction in early summer 2023, and will be substantially completed by June 30, 2024 (per the funding requirements of the Safer Main Streets initiative – more information about this in the “Description” section below).

Description

In the summer of 2020, CDOT and the Denver Regional Council of Governments (DRCOG) announced the Safer Main Streets Initiative which is a state and/or federal funding opportunity focusing on improving safety and multimodal transportation options.  On March 19, 2021, Douglas County was notified by CDOT that the C-470 Trail & University Blvd. Pedestrian Grade Separation Project was selected to receive $5.12 Million in state funds, with a minimum match of $1.28 Million required from Douglas County. The total cost of construction, which includes assistance with consultant construction management, inspections, and materials testing, is estimated to be $6.4 million – however, Douglas County is also responsible for any additional project costs above that combined funding total amount.

While preliminary design was advanced, Douglas County and CDOT staff have been negotiating specific project responsibilities which are included in an IGA that will be heard for approval by the Douglas County Board of County Commissioners in September 2022.  The C-470 Trail is a CDOT asset and will continue to be owned, operated, and maintained by CDOT including the improvements to be constructed as part of this project.  However, some project enhancements are being incorporated into the design above and beyond what is typically required by CDOT to reduce long term maintenance burden and increase the structure’s service life.

Schedule

Construction has not started yet – no schedule available at this time.

Project Manager
Ben Pierce, P.E.
[email protected]
PH: 303-660-7490

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