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Morton Heights Concrete Improvements and Safe Routes to School Project

Morton Heights Concrete and Safe Routes to School Project

This project will begin on June 1, 2022

Travel Impacts

  • Working hours – 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. – Monday through Friday
  • Substantial completion by start of Fall semester (end of August 2022)
  • ROAD CLOSURE – Walker Avenue between Niwot Road and Morton Road
    • Closure will be in place 24/7 for two months
    • Temporary traffic signal installed at Niwot Road and Paiute Avenue
  • Daytime, weekday lane closures with flaggers – Various locations on
    • Morton Road
    • Paiute Avenue
    • Walker Drive
  • Driveway access may be impacted for short periods during milling and paving
    • Crews will work with homeowners to ensure access to homes at all times
  • Project Extents

Planned Improvements

Temporary Two-Way Cycle Track Becomes Permanent

An asphalt cycle track was installed in the fall of 2017 as a temporary measure to improve the safety to children and parents that walk or ride their bikes to Niwot Elementary School. See photo below. We have received positive feedback from the installation and use of the cycle track and have decided to make it a permanent feature in the 2022 Paving, Drainage, and Sidewalk improvements project. Designs are shown below. This work will take place in the summer of 2022 starting in June after school is out for the year.

Full Construction Plans

Niwot Elementary temporary cycle track

New Eight-Foot Wide Multi-Use Concrete Path

The existing sidewalk that runs along Walker Avenue will be replaced with an 8-foot wide concrete multi-use path attached to a concrete curb and gutter.

Raised Crosswalk

A raised crosswalk, also known as a “speed table,” will be installed at the main Niwot Elementary school entrance/exit point on Morton Road. The crosswalk will connect the two-way cycle track and will be 3-inches higher than the surrounding pavement. The raised crosswalk will span the entire width of Morton Road. Example image shown below.

Speed table example

Marathon Road New Six-Foot Wide Concrete Sidewalk

A new 6-foot wide sidewalk will be installed on the north side of Marathon Road from Walker Road to the rear school access. This new sidewalk will provide easy access to the south entrance of Niwot Elementary School.

Pavement Improvements

After the drainage and concrete improvements are constructed, Morton Road and portions of Walker and Paiute avenues will be repaved.

Trail Connection Improvements

In addition to the sidewalk and drainage improvements listed above, improved trail connections will be provided at the following locations:

  • Morton Road/Paiute Avenue – A proposed concrete trail connection will tie Morton Heights to the existing Niwot Hills Trail
  • Comanche Road/Paiute Avenue – A proposed crusher fine (small gravel) trail connection will also tie Morton Heights to the existing Niwot Hills Trail

Public Meetings

No public meetings are currently scheduled.

Previous Meetings

  • May 16, 2018 – Transportation staff presented updated plans on the proposed improvements shown in the images above.
  • June 8, 2017 – Boulder County Transportation present plans (available below) for installing new and replacement sidewalks, curbs, and ramps in Morton Heights to improve pedestrian and bicycle access to the elementary school. Most of the planned improvements will take place on Walker Road and Morton Road.

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