Realignments on 30th and Colorado in Boulder could take decades, cost up to $100M

Erik Erlandson, left, and Fred Tourtel walk across the crosswalk at the intersection of 30th Street and Colorado Avenue on May 3, 2018 in Boulder.

Two very prominent stretches of Boulder roadway are primed for very expensive realignment projects that are projected to take a very long time to complete.

Over the next 20 to 30 years, city transportation staff says, Boulder is prepared to spend between $50 and $100 million remaking key stretches: 30th Street from Baseline Road to Pearl Street, and Colorado Avenue from Foothills Parkway to, then through, the University of Colorado’s main campus.

This project is long in the hatching, having been identified in the city’s 2014 Transportation Master Plan as an opportunity to address significant safety issues — six of the city’s top 10 intersections with the highest collision rates fall along the project’s corridors — and to promote improvements in multi-modal access.

Now, more than a year since the first public meeting on the project, it’s finally ready to go before the Transportation Advisory Board, then the City Council, for public hearing and review by officials on those two bodies.

In recent months, ahead of these upcoming meetings, more than a dozen conceptual options have been narrowed down to a few recommended options.

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