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Community invited to open-house meeting to learn more about upcoming Arapahoe Avenue Reconstruction project for much needed repairs
The City of Boulder invites the community to an open-house meeting for the upcoming Arapahoe Avenue Reconstruction project on Monday, Feb. 25, from 5 to 6:30 p.m. in the Creekside Room at the West Senior Center, 909 Arapahoe Ave. Please attend the meeting to learn more about the proposed transportation improvements and the anticipated construction timeline, traffic impacts, and detours associated with the project.
Arapahoe Avenue, between Folsom Street and approximately 17th Street, is in poor condition and in need of a reconstruction. The proposed improvements include:
• reconstructing Arapahoe Avenue into concrete between Folsom and 17th streets, and potentially
continuing to 15th Street, as funding allows;
• reconstructing deteriorated sidewalks and driveways, installing ADA-compliant curb ramps, and
widening sidewalks, where space allows;
• extension of the student-drop off area and multi-use path on the south side of Arapahoe Avenue
along the Boulder High School property;
• improving underground utilities and installing storm sewers; and
• improving urban design, landscaping and transit stops, as funding allows.
The reconstruction is planned to begin in late May 2013 and will be completed in fall 2013. The project is funded by the 2011 voter-approved Capital Improvement Bond, which allowed the city to leverage existing revenues to bond for approximately $49 million to fund projects that address significant deficiencies, such as this one, and high priority infrastructure improvements.
If you cannot attend the public meeting, but would like to view the meeting information and stay informed about the project, visit www.bouldertransportation.net > “Projects & Programs” > “Arapahoe Avenue.” For more information, please contact Noreen Walsh at 303-441-3266.
Renovation of the locker rooms at the East Boulder Community Center (EBCC) has experienced some construction delays, postponing the reopening of the pools and the men’s and women’s locker rooms until Wednesday, Sept. 12.
The locker rooms at EBCC, 5660 Sioux Drive, are being completely remodeled, with replacement of all tiles in both the men’s and women’s locker rooms; replacement of all stalls; replacement of fixtures; replacement of countertops and sinks; re-plastering of the leisure pool; repainting and finishing of the dinosaur slide; and repairs and replacement of all tiles in the steam room.
Construction was expected to be completed by Monday, Sept. 3, allowing for a reopening of the pools, steam room, hot tub and locker rooms on Sept. 4. A delay in receiving some construction materials will postpone the reopening of the pools, hot tub, steam room and men’s and women’s locker rooms until Wednesday, Sept. 12. The three remodeled family locker rooms will reopen later in September.
“We want to thank all of our East Center patrons for their patience during our locker room and pool renovations,” said Interim Recreation Center Manager Dean Rummel. “We are sorry to have to delay the reopening, but we know that our patrons will really appreciate the wonderful new locker rooms, steam room and pool improvements that are being made.”
Lane closures at the intersection of Broadway and Linden Avenue Aug. 30
On Thursday, Aug. 30, crews will be replacing a broken water valve at the intersection of Broadway and Linden Avenue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The outside southbound lane and bike lane on Broadway will be closed north of the intersection. Linden Avenue will also be narrowed to one lane of alternating traffic west of the intersection.
Temporary repairs to the roadway are expected to be completed by Thursday afternoon and all lanes of traffic will be reopened immediately thereafter. Traffic will be temporarily detoured around the work zone and alternate travel routes are advised.
The goal of the project is to replace the water valve prior to the Linden Avenue road work that is scheduled for next month. For more information, visitwww.boulderconezones.net or contact the Utilities Division at 303-413-7134.
Popular roads’ to get face lift and wider shoulders
Boulder County, Colo. – Boulder County will begin reconstruction of Neva and Niwot roads between U.S. 36 (Foothills Highway) and North 63rd Street on Monday, July 30. Construction is anticipated to last through the end of November.
The project will replace the roadway and add four-foot shoulders to the entire stretch. The road is expected to remain open to all traffic, including cyclists, for the majority of the project. However, users should expect variable road surfaces including milled asphalt and dirt-road conditions, lane closures, and significant delays until construction is complete. Some daytime road closures are anticipated.
“The Neva-Niwot corridor is a popular and scenic cycling route and an important access route for many county neighborhoods,” Transportation Director George Gerstle said. “The road is in need of significant repairs and this project will improve the road and enhance safety for all everyone who uses it.”
Schedules are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen circumstances. Visit www.BoulderCounty.org/Transportation or call 303-441-3900 for updates and more information.
“Hotshots” looks at a movie!
The Skin I Live In is the latest movie from Spanish writer and director Pedro Almodovar, and of all the movies that he has made, this is one of them.
The story begins in 2012 in Toledo, Spain, and there will be some flashbacks and dream sequences designed to enlighten and confuse the audience, respectively, whereas the purpose of the whole movie is just to lead up to a whopping shocker at the end.
Antonio Banderas plays Dr. Robert Ledgard, a renowned plastic surgeon who is experimenting with developing artificial skin that is sensitive to gentle touches and yet at the same time is indestructible.
The reason that Robert is obsessed with creating this artificial skin is that years earlier his wife was in an automobile accident in which her skin was horribly burned, and she died as a result of that accident.
So, Robert has a patient locked up in his house, a beautiful young woman named Vera whose whole body is being covered with the artificial skin.
One day Vera cuts herself across her breasts, and Robert saves her and repairs the damage, but Vera says, “If you want me to stop breathing, kill me.”
Robert points out to her that if she had really wanted to kill herself, she would have cut her jugular vein.
Robert uses pig cells to strengthen the artificial skin, which is illegal, and he is ordered to stop his experiments or else he will be reported to the scientific and medical communities.
Of course, he doesn’t, because otherwise there wouldn’t be any movie.
Robert keeps Vera locked up in her room, but he can observe her with all the surveillance cameras he has installed, and we learn more about Vera, Robert’s housekeeper, visitors to Robert’s house, and even about Robert himself.
When Robert is finished, Vera can boast of having the best skin in the world, but apparently Vera has now become attracted to Robert, and she tells him that she wants to live together with him as equals, like everyone else.
However, Robert’s housekeeper warns Robert that he has to kill Vera or Vera will kill herself. She also says that Robert shouldn’t have constructed Vera’s face to resemble the face of his dead wife.
The Skin I Live In is unnecessarily shocking and becomes even more unnecessarily shocking.
I’m Dan Culberson and this is “Hotshots.”
$325,000 available for Boulder community service providers
The City of Boulder, Department of Housing & Human Services, will issue an application for 2012 community development funds today, Wednesday, Aug. 10, 2011. The application will be available at www.boulderaffordablehomes.com. Applicants can also pick up a copy of the application at 1101 Arapahoe Ave., Second Floor, in Boulder or call 303-441-3167 to request a copy.
Funding is available to meet the capital improvement needs of agencies that serve low- and moderate-income households.
All applications are due by 4 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9, 2011. No late applications will be accepted. For more information about the application or specific questions regarding community development funding, please contact Jeff Yegian at 303-441-4363 or YegianJ@bouldercolorado.gov. Additional information is also available at www.boulderaffordablehomes.com.
Parks and Recreation Department’s annual tulip bulb giveaway Aug. 11
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department’s annual tulip bulb giveaway will be held at 11 a.m. tomorrow, Thursday, Aug. 11, on the 1300 block of the Pearl Street Mall (in front of the Boulder County Courthouse). There will be 300 to 400 bags of tulip bulbs available.
Parks and Recreation staff changes the variety and color of the tulips planted on the Pearl Street Mall every year to provide a unique and impressive display each spring. Each fall, staff plant about 15,000 new tulip bulbs. After the bloom, staff removes the bulbs to make way for summer plantings, storing them until the annual tulip bulb give-away each August. Pearl Street Mall tulips are imported directly from Holland from a wholesale provider. A small donation will be requested for each bag.
For more information, call Shelly Ruspakka, Parks and Recreation, at 303-413-7214.
North Boulder Recreation Center closed for annual maintenance Aug. 15 to Aug. 28
The North Boulder Recreation Center, 3170 Broadway, will be closed for annual maintenance from Aug. 15 to Aug. 28. This year’s project list includes preventative maintenance on all mechanical equipment, replacement of the diving board, deep cleaning of the facility and refinishing wood floors. The center will re-open at 6 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 29.
The East and South Boulder Recreation Centers, as well as Scott Carpenter Pool, Spruce Pool and the Boulder Reservoir will be open regular hours during this time. For complete facility schedules, visit www.BoulderParks-Rec.org.
Carnegie Branch Library construction limits access during August
Construction work at the Carnegie Branch Library for Local History, 1125 Pine St., is underway, and the handicap ramp along the east side of the building will not be available to patrons until late August while the ramp is widened to meet ADA requirements.
Patrons requiring handicap access to the building for research purposes may call the library staff at 303-441-3110 for assistance.
The rehabilitation project at the Carnegie Branch Library will cost about $262,997, with $171,000 of the funding coming from a grant from the Colorado Historical Society. The City of Boulder pays the remaining 35 percent of the total cost. The rehabilitation project includes repairing the front steps of the building, as well as exterior repairs and upgrading the fire alarm system.
For more information, please contact the Carnegie Branch Library for Local History, 303-441-3110.
For the next six months, construction crews will be working to resurface city streets, restore utilities infrastructure and improve transit options for all modes of transportation. The major summer construction projects with traffic impacts are outlined below. All active projects and related traffic impacts are updated weekly on www.boulderconezones.net.
2011 Street Resurfacing Program
The City of Boulder’s annual street resurfacing projects have begun, and are scheduled to continue through the summer and into the fall. About 50 city streets are targeted for chip sealing, resurfacing (overlay) or replacement in 2011 (See all streets planned for resurfacing). In general, these operations will have daytime traffic impacts with intermittent lane/road closures and parking restrictions. Budget and scheduling issues may prevent the city from finishing all of the resurfacing projects currently being considered.
Sidewalk Improvements Program
This project completes repairs to damaged sidewalk and installs or improves pedestrian curb access ramps in a particular neighborhood area each year. This year’s program begins on Tuesday, June 7. Crews will be making improvements to the area bounded by 4th and 9th streets, Alpine and Iris avenues. There will be periodic daytime lane closures associated with this work, as well as short-term impacts to sidewalks and bicycle lanes. This project is expected to be completed by early fall 2011.
Arapahoe Avenue Multimodal Improvements Project
This project will begin in late summer, with traffic impacts expected to last for three months. The purpose of the project is to upgrade Arapahoe Avenue, from Folsom to 30th streets, to include amenities and facilities for all transportation modes. Generally, lane closures will occur during off-peak hours with occasional 24-hour closures as needed. There will also be impacts to sidewalks and transit stops. Detailed weekly traffic impacts will be posted on the Cone Zones website when the work begins.
Broadway (Euclid to 18th) Transportation Improvements Project
Intersection improvements at Broadway and 18th Street (part of the larger improvement project) will begin on Monday, June 6. During construction:
Broadway will be reduced to one lane in each direction, 24 hours a day;
Turn lanes at 18th Street, to and from Broadway, will be closed at times, and detour signage will be in place; and
There will also be occasional closures of the Broadway multi-use path, with bicycle and pedestrian detours in place.
Improvements are expected to take about two months to complete. Work should be done by mid-August, prior to students’ return to campus for move-in week. Construction of the underpass work has been rescheduled to start in late 2011 or early 2012, with the work taking approximately one year to complete.
2011 Sanitary Sewer Rehabilitation Project
This project began in May, and involves the rehabilitation of sanitary sewer lines at various sites throughout the city. In general, motorists can expect intermittent daytime lane closures and parking restrictions where posted. Individual work sites and times will be scheduled on a weekly basis. The project is scheduled for completion by mid-July.
2011 South Boulder Waterline Replacement Project
These projects will begin in mid-June, with traffic impacts expected to last until the end of November. The project involves the replacement of waterlines on:
33rd Street, from Fisher Drive to Walnut Street;
3rd and 4th streets, at Evergreen and Forest avenues;
Chippewa Drive, from Inca Parkway to Mohawk Drive;
Hillsdale Way, from Howard Place to Table Mesa Drive;
Lipan Way, from Inca Parkway to Eutaw Drive; and
Crews will also be installing 1,300 linear feet of new waterlines in Arapahoe Avenue, between 28th and 30th streets. Construction will begin in July and is expected to take approximately a month to complete. The replacement of waterlines will greatly improve the water distribution system and water quality in South Boulder.
For the most up-to-date information on all construction impacts, visit the Cone Zones webpage or follow Cone Zone Man on Twitter at www.twitter.com/boulderconezone for real-time traffic updates.
Like many cities, a decade of stagnating revenues and material cost escalation has resulted in a backlog of maintenance projects for Boulder.
The city is following a multi-year plan to finance and complete needed repairs to city facilities, and the city manager today appointed a 16-member community stakeholder group to advise the City Council and staff on priority projects.
“Tough economic times forced the city to defer maintenance in order to provide important community services,” said City Manager Jane Brautigam. “As a result, many of our buildings, parks, roads and other facilities require significant attention to avoid much higher costs later.”
Brautigam explained that the city plans to initiate needed maintenance and repairs over the next several years. The first phase includes using existing city revenue to finance accelerated work to fix significant deficiencies that could pose health and safety risks if left undone. Currently, the city has over $60 million in unfunded significant deficiencies and approximately $150 million in unfunded high-priority projects.
Boulder said it has the funds to finance some of those projects next year without raising taxes. Bonds supported by existing revenues could be issued to pay for up to approximately $60 million in repairs in capital improvement projects.
To help determine which projects should receive immediate attention, Brautigam appointed a 16-member Capital Investment Strategy stakeholder group to advise staff and City Council about how to prioritize maintenance and repair projects.
“This is a community issue that requires input from a cross-section of our city,” said Brautigam. “We’re looking at this project through the perspective of businesspeople, students, parents, renters, homeowners, board and commission members, as well as nonprofit organizations to ensure our priority list reflects community needs.”
The 16-member Capital Investment Strategy stakeholder group will review the projects and advise council on which maintenance and repair efforts should be included in this first phase using existing dollars. It also will make recommendations about how to effectively invest in Boulder’s capital improvement program for the next several years to ensure the city can catch up and sustain a maintenance and improvement program.
The following individuals were appointed to the Capital Investment Strategy Stakeholder group from a pool of nearly 50 applicants:
Natalie (Tally) Costa
Dan King, owner of the Boulder Outlook Hotel & Suites, has agreed to serve as chair of the stakeholder group. For more information about Boulder’s capital improvement program, visit www.bouldercolorado.gov/cip.
City asks for feedback about its website
The City of Boulder posted an online survey last week to gather input on its website at http://www.bouldercolorado.gov/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=4757. The survey will be open through March 4, 2011.
The survey is intended to get input from users on what services and information they like, and what else they’d like to see as well as to gauge how users are finding information on the site. The survey results will be used, along with other information, to make improvements to the city’s website content, organization and navigation.
Scott Carpenter pool improvements begin today
The Parks and Recreation Department began work today, Monday, Feb. 14, to make repairs to the Scott Carpenter Park outdoor pool located at 1505 30th St. Pool repairs and improvements include installation of stainless steel gutters and a surge tank; energy efficient boiler; deck drains; lifeguard stands and a re-finish of the water slide.
Work on the pool is estimated to take approximately 10 weeks (depending upon weather and contractor scheduling) and should not impact the pool’s planned May 28, 2011 opening. According to Steve Whipple, facilities administrator for Parks and Recreation, this work is necessary to enhance the swimming experience, improve water and energy conservation, and improve pool performance and safety. The work is estimated to cost $400,000. The last significant maintenance project at the pool was in 2007, when it was sandblasted and painted. Scott Carpenter Pool is the only 50 meter pool operated by the city.
For more information, call Shelly Ruspakka, Parks and Recreation, at 303-413-7214.
The City of Boulder Parks and Recreation Department has three irrigation and drain system repair projects scheduled for the week of Sept. 6. The projects will cause minor, temporary impacts around the work areas (detours will be provided). All three projects are dependent on weather and contractor scheduling.
The projects include:
● Tuesday, Sept. 7 (for 2-3 days) – 1600 block of Pearl Street (south side): repair leak under concrete sidewalk and restore walk. Construction area will be fenced off; pedestrian traffic will be routed around area.
● Tuesday, Sept. 7 (for 1 week) – Harlow Platts Park (near the South Boulder Recreation Center): repair damaged storm drain pipe south of playground between Gillaspie Street and Viele Lake. Work will include trenching and excavation; area will be fenced.
● Wednesday, Sept. 8 (for 1-2 days) – near the front entrance of the main Boulder Public Library: repair leak under brick plaza/walkway between the parking lot and the front entrance. Temporary detour will be provided to maintain access to the library entrance.
For more information, call Paul Bousquet, Parks and Recreation, at 303-413-7239.