North 95th Street Reconstruction

North 95th Street (Valmont Road to Lookout Road) Reconstruction & Flood Resiliency Improvements Project

CONSTRUCTION AND TRAVEL IMPACTS

This project is underway as of April 22. Ongoing construction will require significant travel restrictions. In the first phase, the roadway will be completely rebuilt, which will require significant amounts of earthwork. More information on project specifics is available below. Phase 1 will be broken into four sub-phases:

  • 1a – Lookout Road to Gunbarrel Ridge Road – April through May 24
  • 1b – Gunbarrel Ridge Road to Phillips Road – May 28 through June 7
  • 1c – Phillips Road to Owl Lane – June 10 through July 3
  • 1d – Owl Lane to South End of Project Zone – July 8 through early August
  • View a map of the construction phases – www.BoCo.org/95th-map

In order to safely complete each phase, the road will be closed in the sections listed above between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. Working hours are 7 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All dates are approximate and are weather and contractor dependent.

Residential access will be maintained at all times, but there may be delays if equipment is present, so please plan your travel accordingly. Depending on the phase of construction, residents along 95th Street will either be asked to exit/enter their properties heading north or south during daytime, weekday working hours.

Phase 2

Phase 2 is anticipated to start in September of 2024 and last through the winter in early 2025. This phase involves the construction of a large culvert system north of Boulder Creek that will help prevent flood water from overtopping and closing 95th Street during large storm events. This phase will require a full roadway closure of 95th Street, 24-hours a day, seven days a week at the construction location. More information will be shared as dates are finalized.

About the Project

The Public Works Department will reconstruct North 95th Street between Valmont and Lookout roads. The project will also include improvements toNorth 95th project during flood protect both the road and surrounding open space properties from damage during flood events. This is the final segment of a multi-year effort to reconstruct North 95th Street between Lafayette and Longmont.

Flooding of Boulder Creek in 2013 and 2015 overtopped 95th Street north of Boulder Creek. Both storm events caused significant damage to the roadway, exposed critical utility infrastructure, and left the City of Boulder’s Boulder Valley Farm strewn with debris. The 2013 event closed 95th Street in this stretch for more than three-weeks as the road remained underwater and subsequent repairs could not be completed for many days.

Protecting Against Flooding

Several approaches to prevent Boulder Creek from overtopping the road during large flood events were considered; however, the size and cost of building a structure that would span a 100-year flood at this location was found to be cost prohibitive. The project’s main goal is to keep the road from overtopping during smaller events, such as 5- and 10-year storms, and most importantly ensure that the road remains intact during and after larger 100-year events, even if the road needs to be closed until water recedes.

The current designs call for the installation of six large reinforced concrete box culverts directly north of the existing bridge over Boulder Creek. These structures will carry excess flood water during the 5- and 10-year storms. The boxes will remain dry at most other times and are designed to provide safe passage under the road for wildlife traveling along the creek corridor. Small, natural-bottomed floodways will be built both east and west of 95th Street to convey flood water from one gravel pond to another, but these will also remain dry outside of flood events.

95th Street will be raised slightly across the floodplain and designed to allow water to flow over the road during any event larger than a 10-year flood. The downstream edge is being engineered to resist erosion and will remain stable as the water flows over the road.

North 95th Street project overviewAdditional Improvements

95th Street has not been repaved in many years and needs to be reconstructed from the ground up. Public Works repaved the segment north of Lafayette in 2016, rebuilt and widened the off-set intersections at Valmont and Isabelle roads in 2018, and reconstructed the road north of Lookout Road to Longmont in 2020. This project will reconstruct the road at its current width, including five-foot shoulders, and make changes to the vertical grade to improve safety and reduce road noise caused by vehicles speeding up and slowing down on hills.

Left-Turn Lane at Gunbarrel Ridge

Based on traffic entering and exiting the neighborhoods on each side of North 95th, the project will include adding a left-turn lane for northbound traffic wanting to turn onto Gunbarrel Ridge.

Accommodation of Open Space Needs and Priorities

Public Work has been working with the City of Boulder’s Open Space and Mountain Parks Department during the development of this project with the intention of respecting the open space value and agricultural heritage of the Boulder Valley Farms operation. The system has been designed with the needs of the open space habitat in mind. Not only will this project protect the property during large flood events, but it will also enhance the ecological value of the property by managing flood waters, improving storm drainage across the road, enhancing and increasing wetlands, and replacing some of the city’s farm infrastructure adjacent to the project area.

Design Plans and Exhibits

Boulder County is currently working on final changes to the road plans.

Public Meetings

There are no meetings currently scheduled

Previous Meetings

  • Sept. 20, 2022 – Public Works staff and the design consultant present the draft plans and answered questions from the public. The meeting also included a discussion of travel impacts on N. 95th Street during construction, which calls for a complete closure of N. 95th from Valmont Road to Lookout Road. Residential access will be maintained.
  • Meeting presentation
  • Watch a recording of the meeting
    • Passcode – cBrn@g8.

Project Contact

  • Andrew Barth – Public Works Communications – email 0r 303-441-1032

Contact Us

Public Works Department (formerly Transportation)

303-441-3900
Submit a request
tdadmin@bouldercounty.gov

Location

2525 13th St.
Boulder, CO 80304

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