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July 8th, 2014

City of Denver Storm Drainage and Street Paving Construction Project Community Open Houses

Wed., July 9 | 7pm | Young Americans Bank, 3550 E. 1st Avenue (1st Ave. & Monroe St.). Parking to south in garage, enter at lower level. Meeting in 1 of 4 classrooms.

Wed., July 16 | 8:30am | Basement Conf. Room of 299 Milwaukee St.

All residents, property owners, business owners, managers and employees are encouraged to attend this Storm Drain and Street Reconstruction (University and Josephine) Project Open House. This will be an open hours format with several workstations and opportunities for questions and answers and discussions with the City of Denver Project Team and their Contractors.

District 10 Councilwoman, Jeanne Robb, Parsons project manager John Crowder and public information contact, Dick Marshall, will be in attendance.

Please contact Dick Marshall at rkmarshall@aol.com or 303.324.6961 with questions or concerns.

You may also contact District 10 Councilwoman Jeanne Robb at Susan.Scott@denvergov.org (Susan Scott, Councilwoman Robb’s Aide).

The Contractor has made great progress over the last few weeks on both the storm drainage and street reconstruction.

East bound traffic entering the Cherry Creek North business district from south bound University will be encouraged to use 3rd Avenue or 1st Avenue. Details here.

The large storm drainage pipe has been installed from the outfall in Cherry Creek up to 2nd Avenue. The storm drainage design has been revised in this area to avoid the need to relocate significant Xcel utilities and therefore expedite the completion of construction.** (estimated savings of 3 months of additional construction).

Street reconstruction has been mostly completed on University Blvd. from 6th to 2nd and on Josephine from 6th Avenue to 3rd Avenue with the exception of some details such as ADA ramps and new traffic signals. Paving of Josephine between 1st and 2nd Avenues has been completed to the extent possible and will be continued as storm drainage work is completed in the 2nd Avenue intersection. First Avenue paving is scheduled to be completed in phases.

All businesses will remain open and accessible. Details and duration of the construction plans, schedules and closures are subject to change and delays should be expected during construction. **

The Cherry Creek Bicycle Trail under University Blvd was reopened for Bike to Work day and will remain open in its temporary condition for a week or two until work in the area of the drainage outfall and bridge resumes. At that time, the trail detour will be put back in place. Landscaping and irrigation of the Creek bank and along the trail may require intermittent closures at a later date.

3rd Avenue is carrying traffic in both directions and will remain open until such time as 2nd Avenue is completed and is fully open to traffic.

The streets are being re-constructed with concrete pavement with an expected life of 30 years. Intersections will be paved with quick curing concrete to minimize the time they are closed to traffic.

Driveways for both business access and residences are being maintained to the extent possible except when concrete paving is being placed and while the new concrete is curing. Traffic controls, flagging, temporary detours and lane realignments will continue to impact traffic flows on Cherry Creek North Drive, University Blvd., Josephine, 1st Avenue and side streets in the vicinity of construction.

We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation as we complete these important infrastructure improvements for our City.

**Work schedules and plans are subject to change based on conditions encountered and are weather dependent.

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July 11th and 12th, 2014       Work Zone: Fast Track concrete paving in north 2 lanes of west bound 1st Avenue. Two day duration. Lanes will be restricted to 1 left turn lane and one combined westbound and right turn lane.

July 15th and 16th, 2014Fast Track Concrete Paving on north lanes of Cherry Creek North Drive.
July 18th, 2014Complete paving on Josephine 3rd to 6th Avenues.
July 25th, 2014Complete paving on Josephine from 1st to 2nd Avenues.
July 25th, 2014Complete traffic signal installation at 4th and University Blvd., 3rd and University (west), 2nd and University (west), and 4th and Josephine.
August 1st, 2014Complete paving on east half of north bound University from CCN Drive to Station 104.00.

*** Work plans and dates are subject to change due to conditions encountered and are weather dependent.

Top 5 Questions & Answers

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1. Who is funding and completing the improvements? The project is being funded and constructed by the City and County of Denver’s Department of Public Works through funds approved by voters as part of the Better Denver Bond program and by Wastewater Management’s Capital Improvement Program.

2. What is the schedule? The first phase of the project is began in early January 2014 and is planned to be completed in late 2014, weather permitting. A request is in to the City and County of Denver, and supported by many neighbors and constituents to employ longer hours and extended work weeks to potentially shorten the schedule and help reduce traffic impacts by completing some of the project work at night. A decision should be forthcoming on that request by end of July.

3. Will streets remain open to traffic? Through traffic will be generally be maintained in all directions; however some street and lane closures, detours and potential delays should be expected during construction. South of 2nd Avenue the work plan is to maintain two through lanes in both directions when possible however as the right of way narrows north of 2nd Avenue, one lane in each direction will be maintained during the street reconstruction. An occasional full street closure may be required to construct the improvements.

4. How do I find out more information?Please see the Contact information provided on this page to sign-up for updates or ask specific questions.

5. Will businesses be accessible? Yes. All businesses will be open and accessible and access will be preserved to all off-street parking facilities at all times although alternative access points or routes may be required temporarily to facilitate the improvements.

All major events are going on as planned including the Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival was just completed over the 4th of July weekend and the event was accommodated by the Contractors shutting down their operations Thursday afternoon through Sunday and by temporarily re-opening 2nd Avenue to Columbine Street for Whole Foods and Clayton Garage access. The Festival reported a successful and well attended event for all 3 days.

Project Update Briefs

July 8th, 2014

City of Denver Storm Drainage and Street Paving Construction Project Community Open Houses

Wed., July 9 | 7pm | Young Americans Bank, 3550 E. 1st Avenue (1st Ave. & Monroe St.). Parking to south in garage, enter at lower level. Meeting in 1 of 4 classrooms.

Wed., July 16 | 8:30am | Basement Conf. Room of 299 Milwaukee St.

All residents, property owners, business owners, managers and employees are encouraged to attend this Storm Drain and Street Reconstruction (University and Josephine) Project Open House. This will be an open hours format with several workstations and opportunities for questions and answers and discussions with the City of Denver Project Team and their Contractors.

District 10 Councilwoman, Jeanne Robb, Parsons project manager John Crowder and public information contact, Dick Marshall, will be in attendance.

Please contact Dick Marshall at rkmarshall@aol.com or 303.324.6961 with questions or concerns.

You may also contact District 10 Councilwoman Jeanne Robb at Susan.Scott@denvergov.org (Susan Scott, Councilwoman Robb’s Aide).

The Contractor has made great progress over the last few weeks on both the storm drainage and street reconstruction.

East bound traffic entering the Cherry Creek North business district from south bound University will be encouraged to use 3rd Avenue or 1st Avenue. Details here.

The large storm drainage pipe has been installed from the outfall in Cherry Creek up to 2nd Avenue. The storm drainage design has been revised in this area to avoid the need to relocate significant Xcel utilities and therefore expedite the completion of construction.** (estimated savings of 3 months of additional construction).

Street reconstruction has been mostly completed on University Blvd. from 6th to 2nd and on Josephine from 6th Avenue to 3rd Avenue with the exception of some details such as ADA ramps and new traffic signals. Paving of Josephine between 1st and 2nd Avenues has been completed to the extent possible and will be continued as storm drainage work is completed in the 2nd Avenue intersection. First Avenue paving is scheduled to be completed in phases.

All businesses will remain open and accessible. Details and duration of the construction plans, schedules and closures are subject to change and delays should be expected during construction. **

The Cherry Creek Bicycle Trail under University Blvd was reopened for Bike to Work day and will remain open in its temporary condition for a week or two until work in the area of the drainage outfall and bridge resumes. At that time, the trail detour will be put back in place. Landscaping and irrigation of the Creek bank and along the trail may require intermittent closures at a later date.

3rd Avenue is carrying traffic in both directions and will remain open until such time as 2nd Avenue is completed and is fully open to traffic.

The streets are being re-constructed with concrete pavement with an expected life of 30 years. Intersections will be paved with quick curing concrete to minimize the time they are closed to traffic.

Driveways for both business access and residences are being maintained to the extent possible except when concrete paving is being placed and while the new concrete is curing. Traffic controls, flagging, temporary detours and lane realignments will continue to impact traffic flows on Cherry Creek North Drive, University Blvd., Josephine, 1st Avenue and side streets in the vicinity of construction.

We appreciate your continued patience and cooperation as we complete these important infrastructure improvements for our City.

**Work schedules and plans are subject to change based on conditions encountered and are weather dependent.

Quick Construction Lookahead

July 11th and 12th, 2014       Work Zone: Fast Track concrete paving in north 2 lanes of west bound 1st Avenue. Two day duration. Lanes will be restricted to 1 left turn lane and one combined westbound and right turn lane.

July 15th and 16th, 2014Fast Track Concrete Paving on north lanes of Cherry Creek North Drive.
July 18th, 2014Complete paving on Josephine 3rd to 6th Avenues.
July 25th, 2014Complete paving on Josephine from 1st to 2nd Avenues.
July 25th, 2014Complete traffic signal installation at 4th and University Blvd., 3rd and University (west), 2nd and University (west), and 4th and Josephine.
August 1st, 2014Complete paving on east half of north bound University from CCN Drive to Station 104.00.

*** Work plans and dates are subject to change due to conditions encountered and are weather dependent.

Top 5 Questions & Answers

1. Who is funding and completing the improvements? The project is being funded and constructed by the City and County of Denver’s Department of Public Works through funds approved by voters as part of the Better Denver Bond program and by Wastewater Management’s Capital Improvement Program.

2. What is the schedule? The first phase of the project is began in early January 2014 and is planned to be completed in late 2014, weather permitting. A request is in to the City and County of Denver, and supported by many neighbors and constituents to employ longer hours and extended work weeks to potentially shorten the schedule and help reduce traffic impacts by completing some of the project work at night. A decision should be forthcoming on that request by end of July.

3. Will streets remain open to traffic? Through traffic will be generally be maintained in all directions; however some street and lane closures, detours and potential delays should be expected during construction. South of 2nd Avenue the work plan is to maintain two through lanes in both directions when possible however as the right of way narrows north of 2nd Avenue, one lane in each direction will be maintained during the street reconstruction. An occasional full street closure may be required to construct the improvements.

4. How do I find out more information?Please see the Contact information provided on this page to sign-up for updates or ask specific questions.

5. Will businesses be accessible? Yes. All businesses will be open and accessible and access will be preserved to all off-street parking facilities at all times although alternative access points or routes may be required temporarily to facilitate the improvements.

All major events are going on as planned including the Cherry Creek Farmer’s Market on Wednesday and Saturday throughout the summer. The Cherry Creek Arts Festival was just completed over the 4th of July weekend and the event was accommodated by the Contractors shutting down their operations Thursday afternoon through Sunday and by temporarily re-opening 2nd Avenue to Columbine Street for Whole Foods and Clayton Garage access. The Festival reported a successful and well attended event for all 3 days.

Why is the project needed?

The Cherry Creek Improvements project includes storm sewer improvements on University Boulevard from Cherry Creek North Drive to East 2nd Avenue and Josephine Street and street reconstruction of University Boulevard from Cherry Creek Drive North to East 6th Avenue. The storm drainage improvements are needed to help reduce the frequency of flooding in the area. Construction for the initial phase of the project (2014) will install the new drainage pipe from the outfall to 2nd and Josephine as pictured.

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What is the schedule?

January 2014: Storm drainage improvements began near Cherry Creek North Drive with storm water pipe installation traveling north in the easternmost lane of northbound University Boulevard towards 1st Avenue.

Spring 2014: University Boulevard street reconstruction began.

Late 2014: Planned completion for initial phase storm drainage and street improvements.

*The schedule is weather dependent

Want to Contact Us?

If you have specific questions or want to be added to our list of email contacts to receive periodic updates please call or email us using “Cherry Creek Improvements” in the subject line.

Public Information Contact
Richard (Dick) Marshall

rkmarshall4488@gmail.com
303-324-6961

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